Apr202014

Disignated Trout and Fly-Fishing-Only Ponds Opening

Fishing in New Hampshire’s designated trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens on the fourth Saturday in April — this year’s opening day is April 26, 2014. Fishing is allowed through October 15. These waters are managed specifically for trout and offer anglers the chance to experience exciting fishing in some of the Granite State’s most scenic surroundings.

“These trout ponds are often the best waters in a given area for a variety of reasons,” said New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Fisheries Biologist Don Miller. “Excellent habitat, low species competition and the fact that these ponds are closed to ice-fishing allow these waters to be managed for the trout fishing enthusiast.” Ponds managed for trout may be stocked with one or more species, including brook, rainbow and/or brown trout, with age classes ranging from yearlings (8-12 inches), 2-year olds (12-15 inches), and 3+ year olds (measured in pounds!).

“Trout are prized by anglers because they can be a challenge to catch, and fishing for them is one of the traditional rites of spring,” Miller said. “Whether your passion is a multi-colored brook trout, a leaping rainbow or the determined fight of a brown, there’s a New Hampshire trout pond within reasonable driving distance for you.”Due to the severity of our winter, anglers may find their favorite north-country ponds still covered with ice. High-elevation remote ponds from the central White Mountain region north are likely to be partially ice-covered this year. Fortunately, anglers can find open water along the shorelines to allow some limited fishing until the ice clears in a few days. The good news is that with a heavy snowpack, ponds will be “recharged” and tributary streams will flow a little bit longer through the spring this year.

Hot Hole Pond and Clough Pond in Loudon, French Pond in Henniker, Mount William Pond in Weare, Dublin Lake in Dublin, and Barbadoes Pond in Madbury are a few of the generously stocked early season hotspots where opening day trout are taken. It gets no better than this for taking the youngsters along with a simple garden hackle under a bobber, or floating PowerBait fished just off the bottom.

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Apr192014

Londonderry Police Logs and Arrests

Londonderry Police made many arrests over the course of last week. Below, are a couple noticeable arrests that occurred by Londonderry Police.

Thursday, April 3rd, William Teryek was arrested on a warrant from the Londonderry Police. The 42 year old was from Wolfboro, New Hampshire. He was charged with theft by unauthorized taking (fraud). Teryek’s bail was set at $5,000 cash. He is was scheduled to be arraigned in Derry District Court on April 7th.

Sunday, April 6th Ryann Wagner was arrested on a warrant given by the Londonderry Police. The 24 year old lives in Tamworth, NH. She was charged with theft. Wagner’s bail was set for $1,500 PR with a court date for April 24th at the 10th circuit court in Derry.

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Apr192014

Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH Welcomes 2 New Board Members

Deborah L. CoffinDeborah L. Coffin of New London, brings to the board a wealth of non-profit experience and an expertise in the field of fundraising and development. She has served on the board of the NH Locked Moose Antler Project (“Forever Locked”) since its inception, is a board member of the League of NH Craftsmen, a former board member of Habitat for Humanity of the Kearsarge/Sunapee Area, a past president of the NH Spinners and Dyers Guild, and the former Education Coordinator for the Enfield Shaker Museum. She also served on the Springfield (NH) Board of Selectmen for 6 years. Ms. Coffin is the owner/founder of Moose Country Gourmet. Her professional career was spent in the mental health field, providing private counseling on addiction and relationships. She is a board member of the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health, and previously taught at Colby-Sawyer College and Granite State College.

Richard A. Estes Jr.Richard A. “Rick” Estes Jr., a native of the Granite State, spent 28 years with the NH Fish and Game Department as a conservation officer. He was named the Department’s team leader for the state’s specialized search and rescue team and was instrumental in implementing GPS technology into search and rescue operations.

He now owns and operates Owls Roost Outfitters in Ossipee, a registered fishing guide service in New Hampshire and Maine. He is well known for his fly tying expertise and offers popular clinics in fly tying. He holds an outfitter/guide special use permit in the White Mountain National Forest. Mr. Estes brings to the Board his passion for fishing and expertise in wilderness navigation and survival.

Board Chair Steven White states “We are excited to welcome these experienced professionals to our Board with their passion for both the enjoyment of the NH outdoors and the conservation of wildlife, particularly at a time when the Foundation is striving to meet the increasing needs of the NH Fish and Game Department.”

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH is the official non-profit partner of the NH Fish and Game Department. The Foundation raises funds in support of the Department’s critical wildlife, conservation and educational programs important to New Hampshire family traditions of hiking, fishing, hunting and watching wildlife, and is dedicated to preserving these outdoor gifts for generations to come.

To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help conserve New Hampshire’s wildlife and wild places, visit their website.

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Apr182014

Free Turkey Hunting Workshop

A free workshop covering the basics of hunting wild turkeys is being offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, N.H. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To sign up for the workshop, or for more information, call 603-536-3954.

“This workshop is highly recommended for anyone looking for tips and techniques that may help them become a successful turkey hunter; whether you are a beginner or an experienced turkey hunter, this session is a great resource,” said Tom Flynn, manager of Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center.

At the workshop, Dave Priebe, a Hunter Education instructor and Quaker Boy Turkey Calls pro staff member, will cover the basics of turkey hunting, turkey calling and turkey hunting safety. Fish and Game wildlife biologist Ted Walski will talk about the natural history and behavior of wild turkeys.

New Hampshire’s spring gobbler season runs from May 3 through May 31. The state’s youth turkey hunting weekend will take place April 26-27, 2014. Hunting licenses and turkey permits can be purchased online by clicking here.

To find out about course offerings at Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, get directions to the center, or explore volunteer opportunities at Owl Brook, visit this website.

Activities at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center are supported by federal Wildlife Restoration funds, a user-pay, user-benefit program funded through your purchase of firearms, ammunition and archery supplies.

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Apr182014

NH Fish and Game Issues Warning About Life-Threatening Polar Plunge Activities

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department today issued an urgent warning about potential danger associated with a statewide, social media-driven craze enticing teens to jump into frigid icy waters. Responding to the “Polar Plunge” dare, young people are jumping, dressed only in summer swimwear and without life vests, into frigid New Hampshire lakes and ponds, as well as fast-flowing rivers and streams coursing with snow melt. An insidious aspect of the trend is that participating youth must dare five other youth to take part, creating a fast-growing phenomenon with enormous potential for tragic outcomes.

Recent information received by the Fish and Game Department indicated that today (April 14, 2014), a large number of North Country youth had reportedly made plans to jump into the raging Connecticut River. Right now, the Connecticut River is boiling with fast, high water from the spring snow melt, with chunks of ice and debris coursing past.

Members of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Dive Team, who are responsible for drowning recovery operations in the state, are very concerned about the unsanctioned Polar Plunge activities youth are engaging in. “We are strongly urging youth not to participate, and we are asking families and community members to stay alert,” said Conservation Officer and Fish and Game Dive Team Member Glenn Lucas. “The potential for life-threatening incidents to occur, because of the Polar Plunge trend, is huge.”

Lucas noted that even when ice is not visible on top of the water, there can be ice below that can easily cause a slip into dangerous fast-moving water. In one recent incident recorded on Facebook, two New Hampshire teenage girls jumped into Garland Brook in Lancaster, slipped on the ice and were nearly swept into the current without life jackets.

According to the N.H. Marine Patrol, immersion in cold water can quickly render even a good swimmer helpless within minutes. Even short amounts of time exposed to the rigors of frigid water can exacerbate hypothermic effects. Hypothermia is an abnormally low body temperature, often caused by prolonged exposure to cold. Symptoms of hypothermia can include shivering, a lack of fine or gross motor skills, slurred speech, stumbling, confusion, poor decision making, drowsiness or low energy, apathy, loss of consciousness, weak pulse and/or shallow breathing. Those suffering from the effects of hypothermia may not be aware this is taking place. A person experiencing hypothermia while in the water is at a greater risk of injury or drowning.

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Apr182014

Londonderry Woman to Run 2014 Boston Marathon!

Sarah McKitterick has been hard at work training throughout the winter getting ready to run the 118th Boston Marathon in support of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress and their mission of promoting acceptance and inclusion. Sarah has set a fundraising goal of $5000 for the MDSC’s critical programs and services.

Over the past year and a half, Ms. McKitterick has worked closely with the MDSC through her work as Community Relations Manager at Boston Ballet’s Department of Education and Community Initiatives. One of the department’s programs, Adaptive Dance, provides creative movement to individuals with Down syndrome ages 2 through adult, and many of the students involved have found support through the MDSC.

Through the program, she had the opportunity to work with the MDSC and was consistently impressed by the depth and breadth of the services that they provide to ensure that individuals with Down syndrome are valued, included, and given the opportunities to pursue fulfilling lives.

Inspired by the individuals involved in Adaptive Dance and in the MDSC, Ms. McKitterick was moved to run the Boston Marathon in their honor in 2013, but due to the tragic events on April 15, was unable to finish the race.

But thanks to the Boston Athletic Association, she has been given a second chance to finish on April 21, 2014 and is looking forward to finishing strong.

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