The youth spring turkey hunting weekend is April 28 and 29 in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The weekend provides an excellent opportunity for experienced hunters to teach young hunters how to safely and successfully hunt wild turkeys.

Landowner permission is required to hunt on private land in Vermont during youth turkey hunting weekend. To participate, a youth must be age 15 or underand must have completed a hunter education course and possess a hunting license, a turkey hunting license and a free youth turkey hunting tag.

The youth must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 who holds a valid Vermont hunting license. The adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters at a time and must have direct control and supervision over them.

Shooting hours for the youth weekend are one half hour before sunrise to 5 p.m. The youth may take one bearded turkey during youth weekend and two bearded turkeys in the regular May hunting season.

To participate in the New Hampshire youth weekend, hunters must be age 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older. The adult may not carry a firearm or bow and arrow. Youth hunters do not need a hunting license, but they must have a valid turkey permit ($16 resident, $31 nonresident). Accompanying adults must hold either a current New Hampshire hunting or archery license and a turkey permit.

The regular spring turkey hunting season gets underway statewide in Vermont May 1 and continues through May 31. Two bearded turkeys may be taken.

The 2017 Turkey Harvest Report available on the website, has details to help plan a turkey hunt, including the number of turkeys taken in each town.

New Hampshire’s spring gobbler season is May 3-31. One bearded turkey may be taken statewide.

Bits and Pieces

The Caledonia Forest & Stream Club will host a Running Deer Shoot Sunday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the club grounds in St. Johnsbury.

All are welcome to come and shoot. The cost is $3 for a 4 shot round and shooters can take multiple rounds. This is for deer rifles only.

Call Dennis at 802-748-5240 for more details.


The Vermont walleye fishing season opens on Saturday, May 5. In all waters of Vermont except Lake Carmi, Chittenden Reservoir and the Connecticut River, walleye have an 18” minimum length requirement and three-fish daily limit. The open season is from Saturday, May 5 to March 15, 2019.

Connecticut River walleye fishing rules are set by New Hampshire. No walleye between 16 and 18 inches may be kept and the daily limit is four fish, of which only one may be longer than 18 inches.


Fishing in New Hampshire’s designated trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens April 28. Fishing is allowed through October 15. A few ponds managed under wild trout regulations are open only through Labor Day. These waters are managed specifically for trout and offer anglers the chance to experience exciting fishing in some of the Granite State’s most scenic surroundings.


The 2017 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary is now available. The publication presents final data summarized by wildlife biologists from the 2017 New Hampshire hunting seasons. The annual publication provides a complete breakdown of hunting season statistics, including some information by town and Wildlife Management Unit.

The 2017 N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary is available online at (select “2017”). A limited number of print copies are available at the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord and regional offices in Durham, New Hampton, Lancaster, and Keene.

The report confirms that New Hampshire’s 2017 deer season resulted in a total harvest of 12,309 deer. The adult buck kill of 7,708 was the highest in the state going back to when record keeping began in1922. Archers took 3,102 deer, the youth weekend accounted for 270, while muzzleloaders and regular firearms hunters took 2,662 and 6,275 deer, respectively.


Mark Breen reports in the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium’s Skywatch Almanac that on April 24, 1852: “After 33 inches of snow during the month in Hanover, NH, a mild, thawing rain sent the rivers into high flood, including the “greatest flood ever known” up to that time in Wells River, VT.”

Mark also reminds us that April 28, 1990 we experienced, “April’s hottest weather on record; it was 93 in Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury reached 92.”

Parting Shots

The weather last week was terrible. Most of us are in spring mode thinking of fishing, not skiing. Snow, ice and below temperatures this time of year tend to make us less than pleasant people to be around.

I worked in Stamford, Connecticut and found the trip down Monday morning slow and difficult with accidents every few miles including a Massachusetts State Trooper whose cruiser was being hauled up the bank by a wrecker.


Saturday I attended the Ledyard Explorers Symposium, co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley and the Ledyard Canoe Club. It was a most enjoyable afternoon with a lot of great speakers from all over the U.S. many of whom showed slides and described white water trips in remote parts of the world.

I urge anyone interested in white water canoeing or kayaking to be sure to attend next year.


Sunday I was in Newport with members of the Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team teaching at the North East International Mutual Aid fire school. I always enjoy teaching at the regional fire schools around the state as I get to meet so many dedicated firefighters who volunteer countless hours to train to better serve their communities. They truly are the unsung heroes of our towns.

Syndicated columnist Gary W. Moore may be reached by email at or at Box 454, Bradford, VT 05033.


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