An Open Letter to New Hampshire Fish and Game

An Open Letter To New Hampshire Fish And Game

To Whom it May Concern,

Something has been eating at me all season, and I have to get it off my chest. Here’s the deal – I live in Vermont but hunt both sides of the river as much as possible. I like your long seasons and how you allow hunters to choose what to fill tags on with antlerless days and such, but this year is the first time I can remember that the opening day of the regular firearms season started after the opening day of firearms in Vermont. This is an issue for me. I’m pretty sure it cost me a nice buck because I felt pressed for time. I can’t have this happen again.

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2018 Hunting Season Update 7 – The Joy of Watching Deer!

2018 Hunting Season Update 7 – The Joy Of Watching Deer!

I rarely have the opportunity to sit and observe deer. Since I hunt mostly wooded areas, the majority of the deer I see are passing quickly by me. They are either en route to some unknown destination, or someone scared them (me). It’s not very often I just get to enjoy their company for a little while.

Saturday morning, I caught movement in the brush behind me. Even though it took me a few minutes to find the animal that moved, I knew it was a deer. I was also 100 percent confident it was a buck, but that didn’t turn out to be true. Next time.

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2018 Hunting Season Update 6 – New Hampshire Rifle Doe

2018 Hunting Season Update 6 – New Hampshire Rifle Doe

“You have three more chances to bring a deer home. If you don’t shoot anything by then, you’re done.” She said.

Challenge accepted.

My wife, bless her heart, has grown weary of me spending time in the woods while watching our venison stores in the freezer continue to deplete. She’s had trouble comprehending that I only kill big bucks now. I made that personal change at the end of last season, as I do every year. If you’re only going to kill big bucks, you must be willing to eat some tags. If you are not willing to eat tags, shoot a deer. That’s what I was forced to do last Thursday evening on my third and final chance to bring home some venison as the lady of the house demanded.

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2018 Hunting Season Update 5 – Right Place, Wrong Time.

2018 Hunting Season Update 5 – Right Place, Wrong Time.

The deer have got me discombobulated, there is no doubt. My time lugging the ol’ smokepole around the New Hampshire woods has yielded zero pounds of venison for the fridge, though I did have a chip shot opportunity at a lone doe. I decided to pass on her since it was the first day and since I know the woods are crawling with 200” class bucks. One of them is bound to walk by me in the daylight at some point. When it does, I’ll be sure to share a picture and lie about the location.

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2018 Hunting Season Update #4 – The Dreaded October Lull

2018 Hunting Season Update #4 – The Dreaded October Lull

I recently saw an article disputing the idea of the October lull. I don’t know the specifics of what it said because I only read article titles these days, but presumably, the writer gave some bogus information supporting the claim in the title that the idea of an October lull is a myth. That’s the thing about journalism these days – you can’t trust any of it, and is one of the main reasons I’ve never claimed to be a journalist. I’m not sure I feel comfortable with being labeled as trustworthy.

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