Become certified for wildlife control
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Wildlife Control Operators (WCO) training class, offered once a year, will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There is no charge for the one-day class, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit wildnh.com/Wildlife/wildlife_control_ops_class.htm and download a print-and-mail registration form. You can also request a registration form by calling 271-2461 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants must be present by 8:15 a.m.; late arrivals will be denied certification.
The course is presented by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the New Hampshire Trappers Association, and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services.
A Wildlife Control Operator license is required for anyone planning to provide commercial nuisance wildlife control in New Hampshire, except for licensed trappers during the regulated trapping seasons. As part of the WCO licensing requirement, you must complete the day-long WCO class given once a year in Concord, as well as successfully completing a Fish and Game Trapper Education certification course.
The WCO training class includes presentations on the capture and handling of wildlife, humane and ethical concerns, relevant New Hampshire state laws and rules, federal rules covering certain species, wildlife diseases, best management practices and proper trapping techniques. For more information and a full agenda for the WCO class, visit wildnh.com/Wildlife/wildlife_control_ops_class.htm.
It’s Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month
NORTH WOODSTOCK — During the month of January, Ski NH and its 33 member resorts will participate in a national program to introduce guests to the sports of skiing and snowboarding. Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month is a program taking place across the United States that features special offers making it easy and affordable for people to learn to ski, snowboard, cross country ski or snowshoe, and for current skiers and snowboarders to enhance their skills by taking lessons from professional instructors.
Among the special offers being featured in New Hampshire is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Free Week from Jan. 11 to 17. During this week, participating N.H. ski areas will be offering a limited number of free learn to ski or snowboard packages. These packages include a free beginner lesson, free equipment rentals, and a free beginner lift ticket or trail pass to those who register in advance. Participants must visit SkiNH.com to register and download a Learn to Ski or Ride Free Coupon; they then contact one of the participating areas to make a reservation for a specific day that week. Registration opens Jan. 2.
Guests can visit the January Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month section on SkiNH.com for full details and offers.
Women, learn winter outdoor skills
CONCORD — Registration opens Jan. 6 for the 2014 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Workshop, a one-day program where women can learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 (snow date Sunday, Feb. 16), at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.
A fee of $55 covers the workshop, lunch and most equipment use. Participants must be at least 18 years old. A brochure describing the workshop is currently available at nhbow.com.
If you are interested in attending Winter BOW, check nhbow.com a few days before registration opens on Jan. 6, and print out the registration form and mail it in right away. This program fills up quickly.
Winter BOW participants choose a single activity to explore during the daylong workshop. Learn how to ice fish, explore winter outdoor survival skills, track wildlife on snowshoes, try snowmobiling (beginners only) or experience the popular Shoe and Shoot class (woodland target shooting on snowshoes).
New Hampshire BOW programs are co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation (nhwf.org), a nonprofit group that advocates for the promotion and protection of hunting, fishing and trapping, as well as the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat.