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March 13, 2014

SPORTS BRIEFS

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The winter flock survey bolsters Fish and Game’s understanding of the abundance and distribution of turkeys during New Hampshire’s challenging winter months. It helps fill in the gaps in Fish and Game’s existing winter flock data collection efforts. Knowledge of the status of wintering turkeys is particularly important in New Hampshire, because severe winter weather and limited natural food supplies can present serious challenges for wild turkeys.

New Hampshire has an estimated 45,000 wild turkeys. Wild turkeys had disappeared from New Hampshire by the mid-1800s because of unregulated harvest and habitat loss from extensive land clearing. Their recovery in the state began with the successful reintroduction of 25 turkeys by N.H. Fish and Game in 1975.

Learn how to process game animals

HOLDERNESS — Learn how you can process your own big game animal, from field to freezer, at a free workshop being offered at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on Saturday, April 5.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To sign up, call the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 536-3954.

Rick Warbin, owner of Baker River Deer Farm in Wentworth, will give participants a basic overview of the steps involved in processing big game animals. The workshop will cover topics such as basic field dressing, tips to avoid meat spoilage, skinning and capeing, equipment needs, determining cuts of meat, boning the meat, and packaging tips. The instructor has many years of experience in the butchering business, so bring questions.

The workshop does not include lunch.

For more information on Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, visit HuntNH.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

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