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 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 #2 – Something Scary is Following Me.

2018 Hunting Season Update #2 – Something Scary Is Following Me.

I’m not afraid of the dark when I’m sitting in the light. I suspect most people feel the same way. But I’d be lying if I said I’ve never been afraid in the dark before. There was that time a screech owl tried to murder me…. that’s happened almost twenty times now. Then there was the time that I visited a city at night. That was very scary. There have been other times, too, but my first morning hunt of the year tops them all.

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Bucks I Have Known

Bucks I Have Known

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing many bucks over the years. Their pictures take up space on my phone and cover the walls in my office. I’ve even had the pleasure of meeting a few them. Every detail of our relationship is easily recalled in my mind at a moment’s notice. I know I’m not alone here. Why is that? Remembering the items my wife told me to pick up at the grocery store only minutes before is next to impossible. But that big buck I saw three days after the season ended back in 2001 has stayed with me to this date.

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