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November 1, 2012

SPORTS BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — Ridley to sign autographs

DERRY - New England Patriot running back Stevan Ridley is coming to Derry this month.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Ridley will be at La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 35 Manchester Road, to sign autographs.

Inscriptions of three or four words are $15, regular autographs are $29, premium autographs cost $39.

For details, visit NewEnglandPicture.com.

Thanksgiving 5K set in Nashua

NASHUA - Once again this year, St. Joseph Hospital and Nashua High School North and South Cross-Country Teams have teamed up to offer the Great Gobbler, a 5K race and walk on Thanksgiving morning, with timing, registration and race organization provided by Millennium Running.

The race will take place at Mine Falls in Nashua at 8 a.m. on Nov. 22. For the kids, there will be a Little Gobbler Fun Run around the Nashua High South track that takes off at 7:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is recommended, as the first 750 paid-registered 5K runners will receive a long-sleeve tech shirt and the first 200 kids (10 and younger) registered for the Little Gobbler Fun Run will receive a hat. Race day registration starts at 6:30 a.m.

Early-bird registration race fee is $25 for adults (18 and older), $20 for youth (17 and younger) and free for the Little Gobbler Fun Run (ages 2 to 10). Registrations received the day of the event are $30 for adults, $25 for youth and free for the Little Gobbler Fun Run (ages 2-10). All proceeds will go to the Nashua High School Cross-Country teams. Canned good donations are being accepted the day of the race for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.

To register online, visit stjosephhospital.com/GreatGobbler.

Check out apprentice hunting

CONCORD - New Hampshire has a new opportunity this year for sharing or participating in the hunting experience. The Apprentice Hunting License allows people to hunt, under the guidance of an experienced hunter age 18 or older, without first taking a Hunter Education course.

This the first year New Hampshire has had the new license. During the spring gobbler season, 93 new hunters bought Apprentice Hunting Licenses. Of these, more than half were women, and many were in the 16-25 age group. Some 23 percent of these hunters (21 in all) were successful – better than the overall success rate for spring gobbler hunters the previous year. No safety incidents were reported.

You can find tips for apprentice hunters, and those who accompany them, at huntnh.com/Hunting/apprentice.html.

The licensed apprentice hunter is allowed to hunt only when accompanied by a properly licensed hunter age 18 or older. “Accompanied” means maintaining physical direction and control (keeping the apprentice within sight and hearing at all times, without the use of electronic devices).

The apprentice hunting license is the same price as a regular resident or nonresident hunting license. It can be purchased only at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, or by mail (visit wildnh.com/Licensing/license_forms.htm for an application.

You can purchase an Apprentice Hunting License only once in your lifetime. If you want to hunt in a future year, you must first complete a hunter education or bowhunter education course, then buy a regular New Hampshire hunting license.

The Apprentice License is valid from the date of purchase through the end of the calendar year. It may not be used to hunt moose and does not apply to the three-day small game license. Learn more at huntnh.com/Hunting/apprentice_FAQs.htm.