DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 10, 2013

SPORTS BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — It’s time to sign up for baseball

LONDONDERRY — LAFA Baseball Registration is Jan. 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Londonderry Middle School cafeteria.

Players must be between the ages of 13 and 15 by April 30, and must live in Derry or Londonderry. All new players must have a copy of their birth certificate.

The registration fee is $90 per player, with a family maximum of $100. At registration, each player will be given $25 worth of raffle tickets, with a family maximum of $75. When the player sells the raffle tickets, they keep the money and just return the ticket stubs to the concession stand by May 25.

By selling the raffle tickets, the cost of participating in the program is reduced to $65 ($50 for 5- to 8-year-olds) per player. Late registration will be held in the middle school lobby Jan. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Registration will be on a first come basis. For more information, visit lafa.info.

N. H. Wildlife Control Operators class offered soon

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Wildlife Control Operators training class, offered once a year, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 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, or to request a form, call 271-2461 or email wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov.

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.

Players sought for Granite

State Baseball League

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 14 teams that compete in 28+ and 38+ divisions.

For more information, visit gsbl.net or email GSBLbaseball@yahoo.com.

Forget sheep, count turkeys

CONCORD – If you see a flock of wild turkeys in New Hampshire this winter, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wants you to report it via the online NH Wild Turkey Winter Flock Survey.

Report any turkey flocks seen through March 31 by filling out a simple electronic survey form posted on wildnh.com/turkeysurvey. Do not report multiple sightings of the same flock.

Turkeys are easy to see during the winter because they gather in large, highly visible flocks. The winter flock survey bolsters Fish and Game’s understanding of the abundance and distribution of turkeys during New Hampshire’s challenging winter months.

Participants are asked to report the number of turkeys in the flock; where they were seen; the type of habitat the birds were observed in; and what the turkeys were feeding on (acorns, beechnuts, seed at birdfeeders, corn silage, etc.).

The survey is designed to fill gaps in Fish and Game’s existing winter flock data collection efforts.

“This reporting system allows the public to contribute important information to our understanding of winter turkey status in an inexpensive, efficient and, hopefully, enjoyable way,” said Ted Walski, Turkey Project Leader at Fish and Game. “For parts of the state, especially western and northern New Hampshire, we could benefit by additional reports of sightings.”

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.

Last winter, people responding to the survey reported 1,180 flocks totaling 20,295 turkeys from every corner of the state. Survey results are summarized at wildnh.com/turkeysurvey/reports_pdfs/Winter_2012_Turkey_Survey_Report.pdf.