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 …

Still Plenty of Time for Slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carve soft bumps and corn snow like butter. Cruise in the forgiving shade. Screech in the mashed potatoes on boards needling wax. Chill and grill on the hill. There is life to the ski season as many make …

Some of West’s Best Trails Accessible by Ferry Boat

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Visiting the San Juan Islands got a whole lot easier in January. Washington State Ferries now lets you make a reservation for the ferry you want to catch. I tested that recently with a hassle-free weekend getaway to Friday Harbor. It was beautiful and sunny, and I hit …

Biologists Eye Walleye Eggs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

It’s a memorable day when most Kansas anglers can scoop a limit of five walleye aboard with a dip net. Recently, Dave Spalsbury was scooping the fish up about 125,000 at a time. OK, so he was only using a quart-sized measuring cup, and the speck-sized eggs had …

A Snowback Throwback: Biathlons Receive a Retro Makeover

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hanover — When wintertime comes, the Spencer family gets to party like it’s 1859. Stan Spencer, his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sara, regularly participate in primitive biathlons, competitions featuring Civil War-era muzzleloaders and wooden snowshoes. With events staged …

Net Gain

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dominick Da Cruz, right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron, left, during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School on Thursday. The tournament was a fundraiser, with each team paying an entry fee of $20, …

Bedford Accumulates More N.E. Masters Records

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — He’s doing it again. Etna’s Fritz Bedford added to his already impressive swimming resume by adding two more national age-group records as part of a five-win performance at the New England Masters Short-Course Championships last weekend …

New Outlet for Youth Football

Monday, March 23, 2015

A new regional youth football program is coming to the Upper Valley. Founded by Grantham resident Dave Daigneault, the Upper Valley Hawks will be the 15th member of the New Hampshire Pop Warmer League beginning this fall. Fielding …

Crossbows Use Helps Heighten Deer Harvest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Deer hunters using crossbows in Wisconsin last year had a slightly higher success rate and were older than those using vertical bows. In addition, the use of crossbows contributed to a record buck bow kill in 2014. But …

Farming Practice Assists Pheasant Conservation

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jeff Prendergast said life is pretty easy for a grown Kansas pheasant. With so many crop fields, food is seldom a problem. Even with reductions in Conservation Reserve Program fields there’s normally enough cover to protect a lot of the birds from predators and the elements. With nearly …

Headed North? Bring Rod and Reel

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lower Manitou Lake, Ontario — “Fish on!” hollered Dave Swenson as his partner’s rod bent in half and line peeled off his reel. “Oh, this is a nice one,” said Tom Szukis, playing the big lake trout tugging …