From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
-- New Hampshire hunters can get primed for the fall hunting seasons at a series of evening talks by area hunting experts at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings from Aug. 31 through Sept. 28 at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, in Concord. Admission is free and pre-registration is not required.
The topics for each talk vary. These will include:
August 31-Resident Canada Goose Tactics
Few things can compare to a flock of geese coming into a decoy setup, says Ray Jackson, an avid waterfowl hunter who explores early season goose hunting tactics in the first talk of the series. Jackson explains how to set up the decoy, shot size, choke selection, use of blinds and the importance of pre-scouting. Also discussed will be basic gear needs, safety and field care, plus favorite ways to prepare goose. Jackson is the Northeast Pro-staff director for Buck Gardner Calls and is on the Pro-staff for Mossy Oak Camouflage and Tanglefree decoys, blinds and accessories. He spends more than 60 days a year hunting ducks and geese. During the off season, he carves decoys, fishes and presents waterfowl seminars throughout New England.
September 7-Calling All Whitetails
Dean Vanier of NorthWoods Common Scents Hunters can tell hunters how to increase the odds of success hunting deer this fall. With more than 35 years experience pursuing whitetails in the New England woodlands, he'll explain the whitetail's superior defense mechanisms and how to use this knowledge to your advantage. Vanier's surefire strategy is that by fooling the whitetail's ears, eyes and nose, hunters can bring deer to the hunter. He'll share scouting tips and discuss what to look for in the deer woods and how to apply that information during various phases of the rut. Hunters will learn typical calling and scent hunting tips and get an introduction to advanced calling and scent hunting techniques.
September 14-Upland Bird Hunting Primer
Registered N.H. Hunting Guide and dog trainer Garrett Booth of Grey's Outfitting for an inside look into grouse hunting. Grouse is New Hampshire's premiere game bird, and the outlook for ruffed grouse is excellent this year. Experts and locals agree, there is a ton of grouse (partridge) out there. This clever bird can be a bit of a mystery, and Garrett will cover how to find covers that hold birds, dog training and handling tips, guidance on shooting and shot size selection, plus gear, trip planning, dog care and field care of these game birds.
September 21--Fall Turkey Hunting Tactics
New Hampshire has a long fall archery season for turkeys, and this year's 5-day fall shotgun season for turkey has been expanded to include most of the southern part of the state. Bill Devon of Quaker Boy Calls and David Smith, a registered N.H. Hunting Guide, will share the insights of their combined 50plus years of hunting the crafty birds. Devon presents turkey hunting seminars at sportsmen's shows and clubs. He is on the Quaker Boy Game Calls Pro-Staff and is President of the N.H. State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Smith has a wealth of experience with the second season for turkeys. He will share his tried-and-true tactics for hunting fall turkey and demonstrate various fall turkey calls. This talk will give the edge to hunters who decide to tackle the tough, rewarding pursuit of New Hampshire's fall turkeys.
September 28--Productive Scouting and Hunting Strategies for Whitetails
Whitetail deer hunting be challenging, but key knowledge of deer biology that can help hunters understand deer sign and come up with a plan to increases odds of harvesting a whitetail. Dave Priebe, a seasoned outdoorsman, lifelong naturalist and a volunteer New Hampshire hunter education instructor, is also a Quaker Boy Game Calls Pro-Staff member. His talk will cover the rut-the phases of male whitetail deer breeding behavior, scouting and identifying classes of deer, hunting strategy during each rut phase, areas of greatest deer activity and the effects of food, water, weather and humans on deer behavior.
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