DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

August 1, 2013

State offers bird-hunting workshops


Derry News

---- — HOLDERNESS — Just in time for the fall crow hunting season, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is offering hunters a free workshop on crow hunting on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

The seminar will be led by crow hunting enthusiast Pete Lester. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call 536-3954.

The crow-hunting workshop covers the basic pursuit of these challenging birds, from the use of a mouth call to high-tech electronic calling and decoying.

Participants also will learn about crow behavior, crow-hunting safety issues, gaining permission to hunt/landowner relations, clothing choices, set-up location, shotgun and ammunition options, creature comforts for an enjoyable hunt and recipes for, you guessed it, eating crow.

Crow hunting has a split season in New Hampshire. It opens Aug. 15 and runs through Nov. 30; in addition, there is also a short spring season from March 16 through March 31.

For directions to the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, visit huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Activities at Owl Brook are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program, supported by your purchase of fishing firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment, a user-pay, user-benefit program.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit huntnh.com.

A week later, get set for the fall grouse and woodcock season at a free workshop on Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Hunting on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call 603-536-3954.

The workshop covers the basic skills needed for the pursuit of these challenging birds.

Participants also will learn about grouse behavior, hunting safety issues, hunting with or without dogs, gaining permission to hunt/landowner relations, clothing choices, shotgun and ammunition options, creature comforts for an enjoyable hunt and recipes for grouse.

The session will be led by grouse hunting enthusiasts/Hunter Education instructors Sean Williamson and Dan Keleher. In addition, Andrew Weik, the Northeast biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society, will give a presentation on ruffed grouse and woodcock and their habitat needs.

Grouse hunting season in New Hampshire opens Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, with a daily bag limit of four birds.

Woodcock season opens Oct.1 and runs through Nov. 14. To learn more about small game hunting in New Hampshire, visit huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_small_game.htm.

For more information about the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, and directions to the center, visit huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Educational activities at Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, supported by your purchase of firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment.