DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 31, 2013

SPORTS BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — Adult baseball league seeks players

The Granite State Baseball League is currently looking for players and teams to compete in the 2013 season.

The GSBL was established in 1992 and is the premier amateur adult baseball league in New Hampshire.

Teams play 18 regular season games on Sundays starting in April, playoffs begin in August and the league hosts an annual All-Star Game.

There are currently 20 teams that compete in 21+/28+/38+ Divisions. For more information, visit gsbl.net or email GSBLbaseball@yahoo.com.

It’s time to join

moose hunt lottery

CONCORD - The state moose hunt lottery is now open. Entering costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

It’s easy to enter the moose hunt lottery. Visit huntnh.com to enter online or print out a mail-in application. You can also get an application from any Fish and Game license agent.

Moose hunt lottery applications for 2013 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight on May 31, or delivered to the licensing office at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 21.

Last year, more than 13,400 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 275 permits. Another 1,200 people continued to accrue bonus points because they submitted an application for a point only. Hunters from 18 different states won permits.

The overall odds of being selected in last year’s lottery were 1 in 36 for New Hampshire residents and 1 in 120 for nonresidents, some of the best odds in the nation for moose hunting! About 85 percent of the permits go to New Hampshire residents; the number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year’s sales of nonresident hunting licenses.

Each applicant can enter the moose hunt lottery once a year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year. For example, last year resident applicants who had a total of 9 points had a 1 in 17 chance of being drawn, and a nonresident with 9 points had a 1 in 58 chance.

You do not need a current hunting license to enter the lottery, but hunters who are offered and accept a permit must buy a $150 resident or $500 nonresident moose hunt permit, as well as a New Hampshire hunting license.

New Hampshire’s nine-day moose hunt starts the third Saturday in October. This year’s hunt runs from Oct. 19-27.

N.H. has had an annual moose hunt since 1988, when 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The state’s current moose population is estimated at about 4,500 animals. The availability of moose hunting permits, with some issued for every area of the state, is made possible by careful management of moose populations.

Learn all about

ice fishing Feb. 2

LACONIA - Get your family and friends together and come learn about a fun activity to enjoy during the long winter months – ice fishing. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program and the Laconia Recreation Department will co-host a one day Saturday workshop on Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The class is open to anyone; however, anyone 16 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Reserve your spot by contacting the Laconia Recreation Department at 524-5046. The class is free, and registration is first-come, first-served. All equipment and materials will be provided. You do not need to have a fishing license to participate.

The morning will be spent at the Laconia Community Center at 306 Union Ave., Laconia, where you will learn about ice fishing equipment, safety and practices, as well as some winter ecology of lakes and ponds. Then we will head out to the local lake and put your newly learned skills to the test.

New Hampshire Fish and Game’s “Let’s Go Fishing” program has taught thousands of children and adults to be safe, ethical and successful anglers. Find out more at fishnh.com/Fishing/lets_go_fishing_class_schedule.htm. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.