Take a young person hunting — N.H. youth deer hunt set for Oct. 21-22

CONCORD — New Hampshire's youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22, is the perfect time to take a young person hunting. This special weekend gives young people age 15-and-younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters.

Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm; the idea is to concentrate your time and attention on coaching your young companion.
Prospects for this year's youth season are good, according to Dan Bergeron, deer project leader for the state Fish and Game Department. New Hampshire's deer population is healthy and will provide excellent opportunities. In 2016, young hunters took 257 deer during the special youth weekend.
"The weekend presents a great opportunity to introduce your son or daughter, grandchild or even a young friend to the excitement and rewards of deer hunting, all under the careful guidance of an experienced adult," said Bergeron. "You can help teach them about the sights and sounds of the forest, how to interpret wildlife sign, and how to use this knowledge to track and harvest a white-tailed deer."
"We hope hunters will spend the weekend teaching the state's youth what hunting is all about," he added. "Teaching a young person how to hunt and seeing their excitement can help even the most avid hunter remember why they love the sport so much. This shared experience can build bonds that last a lifetime."
Bergeron notes that hunting can also help young people learn about the environment, conservation, tradition and ethics, and it can build a deep and abiding appreciation for the wildlife and wild places that many of our citizens and visitors cherish.
New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999. Nonresident youth may participate in New Hampshire's youth deer weekend only if their state of residence allows New Hampshire youth to participate in its youth deer hunt.
For more about New Hampshire's youth hunting weekends, go to huntnh.com/hunting/youth.html. To learn more about deer hunting in New Hampshire, go to huntnh.com/hunting/deer.html.

Latest Berlin Recreation News

BERLIN — Hockey season is just around the corner. Register before the first lesson on Oct. 28. Berlin Recreation Developmental Hockey is open to any child age five to 15. Beginner level will meet Saturdays and Wednesdays at a cost of $150. Intermediate level will meet Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at a cost of $250. Lessons conducted at Notre Dame Arena. Register at Berlin Recreation Center, First Avenue, Berlin.

Fall indoor yard sale: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to noon. Event is already filling up with vendors! Limited room still available. $10 for a 10' x 15’ space. Turn your unwanted treasures into cash or come for the great bargains just in time for the holidays!

Little Tykes playground: Next session of Miss Missy’s Little Tykes will begin Thursday, Nov. 9. (No class Tuesday, Nov. 7 — Election Day and Thursday, Nov.23 — Thanksgiving). Join us for fun, learning and activities. Limited space available for potty — trained three to five year olds. Six-week program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon at the Berlin Recreation Center. $72 per person. Limited room.

Tennis anyone? Thanks to a generous donation from Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Ruediger, Berlin Recreation has four racquets and tennis balls available for anyone to borrow. Want to try the sport but not make the commitment of buying the equipment just yet? This is a good way to try your hand at the game. Basic rental agreement is required when borrowing the equipment. Please visit the Berlin Recreation Department to sign the rental agreement and pick up the equipment. Please call ahead at (603) 752-2010.

Time to think snow: Registration is now open for the third-sixth grade ski and snowboard program. This recreation program is in collaboration with Wildcat and the Berlin Public Schools, so students must be in good standing to be allowed to participate. This year the program will go six weeks — an extra week — no extra charge! Cost is $100 per person mandatory lesson fee, $50 optional equipment fee due at time of registration. Third grade students must ski; fourth through sixth have the option to ski or snowboard. More details at time of registration. Limited scholarships available. Scholarship applications available at Berlin Recreation Center and must be returned by Wednesday, Nov. 15. Call (603) 752-2010 for more information or visit the First Avenue office to pick up the program booklets.


N.H. Moose Hunt is Oct. 21-29


CONCORD — For nine exciting days, this Saturday through Oct. 29, lucky moose permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire’s annual moose hunt.

A total of 51 permit holders were drawn in this year’s lottery, randomly selected by computer from a pool of more than 6,800 applicants. In addition, one hunter will have the chance to hunt moose as the highest bidder in an annual auction that benefits the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, and one permit was granted to a youth with a serious medical condition through the Hunt of a Lifetime program.  In 20

Locals winning permits were: Angela Boutin of Groveton; Patrick LaFlamme of Whitefield; and Carleton Landry of Milan.

There were 110 people chosen as alternates, including Coos County’s Lindsay Cote of Lancaster; Shawn Mayers of Gorham; Norman McLaughlin of Lancaster; Matt Shannon of Groveton; and Christopher Walters of Dummer.

Each hunter with a moose permit will be assigned to hunt in one of 19 wildlife management units throughout the state. This year no permits were issued in H2N, H2S, or K. Most permit holders have spent the past several weeks or months scouting out potential hunting spots in their assigned areas. After taking a moose, hunters must have the animals registered and inspected at one of five check stations around the state.  There, wildlife biologists check each moose to collect valuable information about the overall health and productivity of the moose herd.  Moose check stations draw many interested onlookers, a reminder of the importance of moose in New Hampshire, particularly in the North Country.  You can find a list of moose check stations at www.huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html.
The moose hunt has been an annual event in New Hampshire for more than 20 years. The state's first modern-day moose hunt took place in 1988, with 75 permits issued in the North Country.  At that time, New Hampshire was home to about 1,600 moose. In 1992, the number of permits rose to 190 and the following year to 317 permits. By 1994, the number had increased to 405 and topped out at a record 495 in 1995.


"This is the first time since the last legal hunt at the turn of the century that we're opening up the entire state for moose hunting," Paul Dest of Fish and Game said in 1994. "We're in a position now where our biologists feel the herd can easily sustain a statewide hunt."

Dest, the herd stood at 5,000 in 1994, Dest said, and "that figure is growing."

That was then. Now, according to the National Wildlife Foundation, "The New Hampshire moose population has plummeted by more than 40 percent in the last decade from over 7,500 moose to just 4,000 today.

According to foundation biologists, some of the decline is due to "increasing parasite loads influenced by shorter winters caused by climate change."

Hunters are reminded to avoid consuming moose liver and kidney. Studies conducted by Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have revealed high levels of cadmium in some moose livers and kidneys sampled. As a result, officials from the Environmental Health Program at the state Department of Environmental Services recommend that no moose kidney be eaten, and preferably no liver. If individuals do choose to eat moose liver, it should be from moose no older than 1.5 years. If the moose is older than that, consumption should be limited to a maximum of two meals (assuming six ounces per meal) of moose liver per year. Biologists at moose check stations can determine the age of the animal for hunters. If you have questions about this issue, call David Gordon, DES Environmental Health Program, at (603) 271-4608.
You can visit a photo gallery of past successful Granite State moose hunters, and find out more about moose hunting in New Hampshire at huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html.


Berlin Bowling Center league standing 9/24

Sunday, Sept. 24

2-Person teams — Power Surges, 9-3. We're Good Enough, 9-3. High score game — We're Good Enough 315, Power Surges, 286. High score series — We're Good Enough and Power Surges. 

Monday, Sept. 25

2-Person teams: C N' N, 9-3. Righty-Lefty, 9-3. High score game — C N' N, 448, MFME 343. High score series — C N' N, 448, MFME, 343. High score series — C N' N 1,119, Strike On 960. 

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Commercial League: Big Scoop Catering, 13-3. Holy Rollers. 11-5. High score game — Morency Paving 841, Big Scoop Catering 800. HIgh score series — Morency Paving 2,397, Big Scoop Catering 2,340. 

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Seniors, Game 1, no tap winner — Lorraine Martin, Peggy Marcou, 134. Game 2, predict your score winner — Lorraine Martin, within 1 pin. Game 3, Splits, 9's, x's, game winner — Peggy Marcou and Chuck Dodge 159. Game 4, poker bowling winner — Norm Bouchard. 

Weds. Olympians and Friends — Blaine's Bowlers 9-0, Riverdrivers 6-3. High score game — MJ2 466, The Gamers 459. High score series — Blaines Bowlers 869, MJ2 851. 

Thursday, Sept. 21

Early Birds — high series — Alice Gallant 410, Barbara Dion 394. High game — Alice Gallant 162, Helen Fauteux 143. Top teams — Finches 9-3, Loons 8-4. 

Thursday, Sept. 7

North Country — Nick Fournier 611, Dave Osgood 573. High game — Josh Poisson 226, Dave Osgood 224. Top teams — first place, White Mt. Lumber 4-0, second place, Moore Civil War 3-1.

Thursday, Sept. 14

North Country — Al Roy 552, Dave Osgood 537. High game — Luc Lemieux 214, Pat Garneau 206. Top teams — first place, White Mt. Lumber 7-7, second. place, Burgess BioPower 6-2. 

Thursday, Sept. 21

North Country — Nick Fournier 557, Bob Labonte 552. High game — Kirk Roy 209, Armand Caron 208. Top teams — first. place, White Mt. Lumber 11-1, second place, Burgess BioPower 10-2.