Outdoor News

October 2016
Edited by V. Paul Reynolds

October! For most of us who hunt or fish or enjoy the great outdoors, this is it - the month of months. Enjoy!

Club News

If your club or outdoor organization has news or photos that warrant publication in the Northwoods Sporting Journal, send them to: Club News, NWSJ, P.O. Box 195, W. Enfield, ME 04493, or e-mail news to: info@sportingjournal.com

Maine - Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award. Oscar Cronk of Wiscasset, Maine, Gary Cobb of North New Portland, Maine, and Jim Martin of Bangor, Maine.

These gentlemen were chosen from many wonderful nominations, heartfelt stories and great photos. They all have shown a great love of the traditional outdoor activities and a mentorship that will help to continue their passion for generations to come.

All three will be recognized at the Sportsman Alliance of Maine annual banquet September 10, 2016 at the Waterville Elks. Ticket information at www.sportsmanallianceofmaine.org.

Recipient Bios:

Oscar Cronk of Wiscasset, Maine has been hunting, fishing and trapping for over 60 years. His love of the outdoors has been chronicled in the many articles he has written. Oscar has also shared his experiences by giving instructions on trapping and hunting.

Gary Cobb of North New Portland, Maine learned to hunt with his grandfather at age 10 and brought his family up in a remote camp. Gary has made being a Maine sportsman his life’s work. Gary has shared his knowledge of the outdoors as a guide, a teacher and of course owning and running Pierce Pond Camps. He has also been instrumental in forming the Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust.

Jim Martin of Bangor, Maine is an avid angler, hunter and trapper using his skills for several decades. As an accomplished outdoorsman, he has dedicated many hours to the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association sharing his knowledge to help define the next generation of sportsmen and women.

“It is a pleasure to recognize all the men and women who were nominated for this award, and especially the three recipients. It is rewarding to note that through their experiences and mentorship, our outdoor heritage has been passed on and preserved,” Commissioner Chandler Woodcock commented.

Obama Designates National Monument in Maine

In August, President Obama designated the country’s 413th national park site: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Elliotsville Plantation Inc. (EPI), a private Maine-based foundation, donated more than 87,500 acres of land along the East Branch of the Penobscot River in Maine to the federal government to create the new park.

This monument, to be managed by the National Park Service, is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the Katahdin region, giving an economic boost to the entire state while permanently protecting a landscape that inspired American conservationists from poet Henry David Thoreau to President Theodore Roosevelt.

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is home to wildlife such as lynx, bears, brook trout and moose and one of the only places in the East where you can find rare, sought-after bird species like gray jays, boreal chickadees and the American three-toed woodpecker.

The west side of the park includes overlooks, a scenic loop road and will allow for traditional park uses like skiing, horseback riding, hiking, biking and fishing, while the east side of the park will allow for Katahdin-region activities like snowmobiling and hunting.

For more than four years, NPCA worked with EPI and many partners to preserve this nationally significant land. Supporters of the new national park include U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Katahdin Rotary Club, the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce, the Bangor City Council and the Maine Innkeepers Association. More than 200 Maine businesses in the Katahdin, Houlton, Presque Isle, Bangor and Acadia regions have signed a letter to Maine’s congressional delegation stating their support for the park.

NH - Hunting Seasons Start September 1

New Hampshire's hunting seasons kick off on September 1 with the opening of black bear and gray squirrel seasons. Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer get underway September 15. The statewide resident Canada goose hunt runs September 1-25, 2016.

Highlights of New Hampshire’s hunting seasons can be found in the newly published 2016-17 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest, which includes New Hampshire hunting season dates, bag limits, check station locations and more. Hunters and trappers can pick up a free copy from Fish and Game or their local license agent when they buy their license, or view it online at www.huntnh.com/hunting/publications.html.

Looking ahead, the much-anticipated regular firearms deer hunting season opens on November 9. Both the archery and regular firearms seasons for deer continue to end one week early in WMU A. Check the 2016-17 Hunting Digest for Wildlife Management Unit (WMU)-specific either-sex deer hunting regulations.

Following is a general overview of New Hampshire's fall hunting seasons (please be sure to consult the Digest or visit the Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com for additional information):

2016 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons

Archery: September 15-December 15 (ends December 8 in WMU A)
Youth Deer Weekend: October 22-23, 2016
Muzzleloader: October 29-November 8, 2016
Firearms: November 9-December 4, 2016 (ends November 27 in WMU A)

BLACK BEAR: Starts September 1 (end varies by WMU)

GRAY SQUIRREL: September 1-December 31

SNOWSHOE HARE: October 1-March 31 (bag limit varies by WMU)

RUFFED GROUSE: October 1-December 31

MOOSE: October 15-23 (by permit only)

Shotgun turkey: October 10-16 (certain WMUs)
Archery turkey: September 15-December 15 (closed in WMU A)

A notable change this year is that the fall turkey shotgun season has been extended from 5 to 7 days (October 10-16, 2016) by adding a weekend at the end of the season. See a summary of other changes for 2016 at www.huntnh.com/newsroom/news.html?news=445. More details are provided in the HuntingDigest. If you need a Hunter Education class, don't delay! Register online at www.huntnh.com/hunting/hunter-ed.html.

Apprentice hunting licenses are an option for people age 16 and older who want to try hunting, but have not taken Hunter Education. It allows hunting under the guidance of a licensed hunter age 18 or older. The option remains popular. In 2015, a total of 597 individuals (413 men and 184 women) took advantage of the apprentice license program in New Hampshire, hunting everything from deer to migratory waterfowl. Apprentice licenses are available only at Fish and Game headquarters. Learn more at www.huntnh.com/hunting/apprentice.html.

As the fall hunting seasons begin, Fish and Game urges hunters not to use natural urine-based deer lures. These products can potentially spread Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a neurological disorder that is always fatal to white-tailed deer and moose. Synthetic lures are suggested. Do your part and help our deer herd. Learn more at www.huntnh.com/wildlife/cwd.

N.H. hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online anytime at www.nhfishandgame.com.

So get out and enjoy New Hampshire's big woods, with more than a million acres of public land open to hunting. Find more information about hunting in New Hampshire at www.huntnh.com/hunting.

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