Outdoors / Recreation

Gobble, Gobble ... and Good Luck!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

In spring, when the focus of most outdoor enthusiasts turns to fishing, hunters are gearing up for one last chance to hit the woods until fall. Spring gobbler season kicks off next month, giving New Hampshire hunters an opportunity to pursue one of the most difficult quarries in the state. Turkeys are fearless most of the year, feeding along the …

Twin State Hikers Rejoice as Warm Season Nears

Sunday, April 26, 2015

With snow melting, rivers rising and mud making the rounds, it’s a good time to look ahead to another season of sun, wildflowers, peaks, trails, camping, rivers and travel. The North Country is getting some love from New Hampshire State Parks. There are new lean to’s and tent platforms at Mollidgewock, Milan Hill …

Superior Fishing in Minnesota

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a cool April morning, the brethren of the long-handled fishing net were assembled on the south pier of the Duluth ship canal. George Hamilton, a recent transplant from Los Angeles, was among them, wearing blue ice-fishing gear to ward off the morning’s chill. Hamilton understands there are some basic weather differences between …

Outdoor Pro Has Camera, Will Travel

Friday, April 10, 2015

White River Junction — As the manager of L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discover School in West Lebanon, Scott Ellis spends much of his professional life outdoors. Yet the 35-year-old White River Junction resident will likely never view what he …

Trio of Martial Artists Earns Black Belts in Newport

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Newport — Three area youths earned black belt rankings upon completion of an examination of their knowledge of karate during a Rising Sun Martial Arts test on Saturday. Tim Cunningham, 16, of New London, advanced from fourth-degree junior black belt to the rank of third-degree adult black belt …

Hanover Grads Take On 4,000-Footers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

For part of a Middlebury College course called “Writing the Journey,” Christian Johansen is exploring the link between the rush of extreme sports participation and the heightened awareness of the athletes. As part of that research, he rushed …

Fore Thought

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Michael Follensbee, of Hartland, hits golf balls with his high school friend, Zach Temple, at Temple’s home in North Hartland last Tuesday. The former Hartford High golf teammates — Follensbee is a Cornell freshman, Temple a Castleton State …

Why Did the Ducks Cross the Road?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Ted Austin was walking toward the Lebanon green on a work errand Tuesday afternoon when he spotted a duck trying to cross the road. “I felt like the policeman at the Boston Commons ushering one across so it …

In Wash., Babies Got Boots

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tacoma, Wash. — The leaders are distracted less than half a mile into a morning hike at Point Defiance. Again. First it was a puddle, next it was an interesting rock, then a pile of damp sand. Now, …

Let’s Go (Paddle) Fishing

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Even though Andy Belobraydic III had never been paddlefish snagging before, he knew monsters lurked below the murky surface of Missouri reservoirs. “I had seen pictures and had watched videos of some of the huge paddlefish people catch,” …

On First Patrol: Mount Sunapee Pioneer, WWII Vet Reflects

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cornish Flat — Whether serving in the military or on the ski slopes, Arnold Wilkie obviously had a knack for firsts. Wilkie, 91, was a plankowner — or original member — of the Brunswick (Maine) Naval Air Station …

Sled Hockey Gives Everyone a Chance to Hit the Ice

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

West Lebanon — Afflicted by various ailments, many of the players on the Ice Vets sled hockey team utilize some form of service or guidance to help excel in their day-to-day lives. Yet when it comes time to …

Recreation Briefs: Cox Adds Olympic Qualification Times at N.Y. Meet

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Buffalo, n.y. — Having already qualified in one event, Hartland’s Hannah Cox added four more qualifying times to her schedule for next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials with her performance at last weekend’s Eastern Zone Winter Long Course Super …