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The cool mornings and changing leafs mark the end of a season and beginning of another. The eye catching yellow,red and orange leaves are the artwork of fall. It's a time of year in New England I think everyone should experience.
   With fall comes the time to get out the double gun . We have trained and prepared for this time a year for six months. The dog training season has come to an end though the training never really ends. The dog is always training me that it has the noise therefore the upper hand.
    Some time's the it's more about the feel of a shot gun in the hands and to know it's Hunting season then the plan of shooting game. Watching the dogs do what the breeders of old had breed them for is amazing history right before you. There is something about listing to beagles baying a snowshoe hare knowing my grandfather had listened to his decades ago. There is a  tradition that is innate in humans. It is deep in most cultures around the world. It is one of …
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Hunting Tradition's

Caring for the outdoor life instead of inheriting the disconnected world of today. Is something I think about for my boys. With hunter numbers going down and average age going up. How can I fight back against the trend with my family.
When I was young I remember the days of deer hunting with my dad before I could even shoot. The thrill of going and seeing deer and other wildlife while enjoying time out with my dad kept me going out. Now you can't get kids out of bed and off there device. It's only going to get worse as electronics advance more and the world disconnects from nature.    We needs to come up with a plan how to get the attention of are kids. Bird hunting, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl are all great ways I'm getting my kids involved. Today world is instant gratification and small game can be the closest thing to that while hunting. It's not guaranteed success but they will see game and be involved in the hunt. Dogs are also getting my kids involved. They love …

The Training Table

Dog training season is finally upon us here in New England. Time to clean out the other half of my dog kennel and get serious about a spot to train. Throwing out the old junk and setting up a spot no more excuses for rain and so on. In the kennel I set up a place board, barrel for whoa work,and a training table.    The training table has turned out to be very valuable. It's something I wish I had used more years ago. The dogs have responded well to using it and want to be on it any chance they get.
   There are many things the table provides you. It gets the dog on your level Gives working boundaries Makes rewarding and correcting faster   Getting the dog to your level makes it easier on you. There is no bending over and over again while rewarding or correcting. It gets the dog closer to eye level with you making communication easier.    Giving boundaries I found gave parameters in which the dog is to be expected to work. It made the task for the dog much easier lessening distracti…

Ice fishing

Sundays here in Maine we are not allowed to hunt. Sunday Ice fishing is a great way to get the family out and enjoy the outdoors while being able to put wild game on the table. It is my favorite way to fish there is just something about having your traps set waiting for a flag to signal a fish. The pure excitement of everyone in your ice fishing party when a flag goes up no matter who's flag it is.
     This style of fishing is a great way to get your young kids into fishing and teaching them about putting food on the table. The nice part of ice fishing with kids is there are a lot of ways to keep the fun going for them while waiting for a flag. There is ice hockey, skating, snow ball fights when the snow is right and many more activities. When a flag goes up it brings the fun they are already having to another level. Personally I find this as a very enjoying way to spend time with my kids.
     The set up I like to use is the low profile polar tip-up traps with shiners hooke…

Stress less

As the new year get started I was fortunate to start by going snowshoe hare hunting. Though an unsuccessful day by game in the vest. The measure of success is not measured on game taken. There has to be game harvested when hunting. If you are coming home empty handed every time out I would suggest a mentor to help you gain experience.
     Success in field comes in many forms. Today I hunted a place with a view of hills as far as the eye could see.  The scenery that you are able to see when you get out and hunt is something a lot of people only see in pictures. You should consider it a successful day when you find those places.
     Success is also found in the time behind a good dog. The refreshing feeling of being alone in the woods with just the dog is something you cant find in the fast paced world. No matter if you prefer pointing, flushing, retrieving or hound dogs being in the woods with them changes your mind set for the better.
     In the stressful world we live in today w…

Get started

Most of the hunting community is focused on big game hunting. Its time to look towards small game hunting to bring more people to hunting. I have had the opportunity lately to talk to a lot of the older generation of hunters. They have reminisced about when they where a little younger and the joy of small game hunting. Most conversation have started due to hunting dogs. Flooding back memories for them of time spent behind dogs. They all talk about how small game was some of there fondest times hunting.
     The reason hunting small game can bring new hunters to the fields and Forrest is the dogs and the community of the hunters. When you get involved with hunting dogs the resources can be endless and new hunter friendly. There are groups for beagles, pointing dogs, flushing dogs, and retrievers. Dog clubs are a good place to start if you have a passion for dogs but not sure what you would like to be involved in. There are aways friendly people willing to show the ropes and maybe…

The Time Is Now

Is the game you pursue really still in a down year? We have to come to a realisation that in some places these animals can't be sustained in this modern day culture. The habitat many of them live in is being mismanaged or destroyed.
     It's time to protect what land we have from being destroyed and manage the land we have left. The 30 acres my house is on has been mismanaged for a long time. The previous owner let it become big forest with no under growth for Animals of all kinds to thrive in. Over the winter I will be coming up with a management plan that will start in the spring so animals can thrive here once again. If you are a Land owner my hope is that you will start manging the resource you have.
     The destroying of habitat is something hard to over come with a growing population in different areas. One thing I think could help is buying used house instead of building new. What about buying old abandon or fallen down house and build new there instead of remo…