SQUAM LAKES STUDY

The Squam Lakes, both Big Squam and Little Squam, are a major destination every year for many anglers who enjoy casting their lines in search of lake fish, especially bass. Here at Morse Sporting Goods, we work with many customers who take part in any of the 22 bass tournaments, which, on average, are held on Big Squam Lake. That’s one reason why we’re interested in the long-term health of the water in this region. Today, we wanted to make our blog readers away of some rules they’ll want to avoid breaking when fishing in either of the Squam Lakes. As this press release published on…

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NEW HAMPSHIRE YOUTH TURKEY HUNTS

In the state of New Hampshire, a very long and proud tradition of hunting has been kept alive through the generations. Much of the strength of state hunting programs is due to the government’s protection of youth hunting programs for younger outdoors enthusiasts. Passing down time-honored traditions to posterity has kept the hunting economy alive here in New Hampshire, while it has been smothered in other regions. Youth hunters have been getting a lot of great experience out of the youth turkey hunt held in New Hampshire at the end of April. For nine years, this event has been the first hunting experience for many…

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NEW HAMPSHIRE TURKEY SPRING HUNTING SEASON ABOUT TO BEGIN

Starting this weekend, the turkey spring hunting season will begin across the state for all hunters. The spring gobbler season kicks off on May 3 and will conclude almost a month later on the 31st. Last year in the spring season, 3,873 birds were taken statewide. It’s not the only time of the year to get out and hunt Turkeys though. For three months in the fall, the autumn archery season takes place from September 15 to December 15, as well as a fall shotgun opportunity in many WMUs. According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Wildlife department, “All turkey hunters, including those under 16…

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CURRENT GUN LEGISLATION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Selling or loaning a gun to a friend in the state of New Hampshire may soon come with new consequences. The bill, known as HB 1589, would make it highly illegal to sell or loan a gun in a personal setting. People who personally sell their guns to friends, acquaintances, or anyone else could face up to 7 years in jail. Although the bill was not supported in a public hearing held in January, a new subcommittee has been created to take a closer look at the proposed law. Opponents of the bill state that the law would do nothing to decrease gun violence and…

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PHEASANT HUNTING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

The first of October this year marks the opening of pheasant hunting season here in this New England state. As this article published by The Concord Monitor will inform any of our blog readers, there is a long tradition of pheasant hunting which is still strongly supported within the state today. For more than a century, New Hampshire has stocked pheasant populations throughout various communities across the region. This fall, more than 12,000 pheasants will be released across the 10 counties making up the state of New Hampshire. Each of the 73 stocking sites will receive an average of about 140 birds. Hunting pheasant offers a challenging task…

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NEW HAMPSHIRE HOLDS ANNUAL LOTTERY FOR MOOSE HUNTING PERMITS

The Fish and Game Department in New Hampshire recently held their annual hunting permit drawing. Moose hunting permits in the state are hard to come by, and many residents eagerly awaited the results of the lottery. In fact, more than 13,000 people applied for moose hunting permits in New Hampshire this year. Even more astounding, about 5,000 of those people don’t even live in the state. This year, 275 people were granted moose hunting permits. Although this number is well below the number of applicants, it is still a sizable amount of permits. Unfortunately, the odds weren’t great for anyone involved despite the fact that…

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COLLABORATION WILL SAVE NH FISHING ECONOMY

Local fisherman Jamie Hayward had this to say about the New Hampshire groundfish industry:“We are not going to bring it back unless we change some of what we do.” Fisheries, and in particular the New Hampshire Fisheries, can always be improved upon. It is an issue that should always be addressed sooner rather than later. New Hampshire anglers have had their fair share of struggles, as they battle a new fisheries management system, which has led to a reduction of cod, among other species. This has not only reduced fish, it has also caused hardworking NH fishermen their jobs, none of which is good for…

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NEW FISHING LIMITS COMING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE

If you are planning to fish in New Hampshire, there are important new regulations that you should be aware of. Beginning on July 1st, the New Hampshire Fish and Games Department will be enforcing new laws that reduce the catch limits for several types of fish. These regulations are designed to be interim rules that will last for 6 months while the state makes a transition to revised federal fishing laws. This past May, the NOAA put into place new limits that will reduce the amount of groundfish that can be caught by commercial fishers. These regulations affect a wide variety of species, and the…

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SPRING TURKEY SEASON

Spring Turkey Season is an exciting time of year. Turkeys are an awesome game bird, because rarely do they respond to tactics in a predictable way. That being said, we’ve got a few tips for you to try out on your next hunt. Every bird is different, but we guarantee using some of these tactics will increase your odds of bagging the bird. As with most hunting endeavors, being early is never a bad thing. Being in the roost tree and setting up 30 minutes before the first call gives the woods some time to settle around you before the turkeys start moving about. Always…

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NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS HUNTING AND FISHING MORE

New Hampshire already has a strong reputation as a great place to hunt, fish and participate in outdoor activities.  However, more research shows those number are on the rise as New Hampshire residents are participating more in fieldsmen activities.  The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service recently conducted a survey and saw an almost 20% increase in the number of New Hampshire residents involved in hunting and fishing since they last took the same survey five years ago. The New Hampshire Union Leader wrote a story on the increase and posted it on their website. “The service’s recently released National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated…

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