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In N.H., hunters can share the harvest

Posted by bdutton

Posted on 08:54, Monday, October 1

 By Bill Biswanger, Sun Outdoors Writer


Another great week is ahead of us and another great week just past us. If you're a sportsman or a leaf peeper now is your time.

The states of New Hampshire and Maine are now open for deer hunting. It's not for firearms but archery only. I already heard from Aaron Lewis, who hunted the Calis, Maine area and scored on a 120-pound doe on opening morning.

This should be a great fall season for wild turkey and deer. The acorn crop is very good and where you find acorns you're going to find turkey and deer competing for the same food.

New Hampshire hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the "Hunt for the Hungry" program at the New Hampshire Food Bank. Once again this fall, the food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes statewide.

Last year, the Hunt for the Hungry program took in 2,000 pounds of donated deer, bear, moose and other game meat for distribution to the needy.



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 To donate game (no fowl), and for packaging instructions, call the Food Bank at 603-669-9725, x240. If you're donating a whole deer, you can bring it to Lemay & Sons Beef in Goffstown, N.H. (603-622-0022), and they will process it for the food bank at no charge.

"We are counting on continued strong support from hunters this year," said Bruce Wilson, Director of Operations for the N.H. Food Bank. "Donations of protein foods are

always hard to come by. That's a big need that the Hunt for the Hungry program helps fill. Venison is especially popular, a real treat for clients."

"The Hunt for the Hungry program is a great way for hunters to share their harvest and help needy families get through the winter," said Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. "Wild game is a local renewable resource that is high in protein, low in fat and all natural - not to mention delicious."

For more information on donating to the New Hampshire Food Bank, visithttp://www.nhfoodbank.org.

Massachusetts will someday take a hint from New Hampshire and start the same program. Can you imagine 2,000 pounds of meat equals 25,000-plus meals.

On the fishing front

The Great Salmon River Fishing Derby is October 5-7 in Pulaski, N.Y. The entry fee is just $20 with hundreds of dollars in prizes awarded.

Right now the river is jam-packed with thousands of king salmon. The winning fish last year weighed 31.6 pounds and was worth $2,100. If you're heading there, any tackle shop will have the applications.

Striped bass and bluefish continue off our North Shore coast. But it should be noted the water temps have dropped from 72 degrees to 63 in just a week. So the bluefish are starting to run fast for the south and the stripers are giving some serious thought of following them.

Boston Harbor has great fishing right now for stripers to 50 pounds. These are bass all fattened up and ready for the run south.

Outdoor notes

The Westford Sportsmen's Club on West St. in Westford will hold an open house from 1-4 p.m. on October 6. You will be given a tour of the entire club grounds which include their pistol, rifle and trap ranges. The club has a two-acre pond and 200 acres of land. Many of the club's 600 members will be on hand to answer questions.

Okay, dumb issue of the year: New Hampshire has lifted the importation of any deer killed from New York. The problem is Massachusetts and Vermont still ban the importation of any deer into their states which means even bringing the deer through their states. So you still have to have your deer fully boned out before you can bring it home to the Granite State.

This law went into effect 7 years ago when 2 deer in the same area tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease but since then and tens of thousands of tested deer later, all being negative, Mass. and Vermont still ban the importation.

The Maine bear season is open and a new record black bear has been taken, the bruin weighing 699 pounds and taken in Greenville, Maine.

The Massachusetts season for bears is still open for another few days and the kill is slow but well scattered. Bears have been taken from Townsend to the New York border.

The Squan-a-tissit Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a river cleanup on October 14 starting at 9 a.m. They will meet at the newly formed wildlife management area on Route 111 at the bridge over the Nissisitissit River. If the cleanup goes quickly as is hoped they will spread out to other sections of this beautiful river.

If you are not familiar with this river and the work of T.U. this will give you every opportunity to learn the river and make many new friends and perhaps join a great organization.

Lastly, the South Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club is having a trout fishing derby today until 1 p.m. They have stocked their club pond and will hand out prizes for the largest trout caught.

Bill Biswanger's email isbboutdoor1@aol.com

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