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Improvements underway at the Hammond Tract WMA

Posted April 18, 2014 By NewsEngine

BLOOMFIELD – The Department of Game and Fish is restoring wetlands and improving access to the Hammond Tract Wildlife Management Area along the San Juan River.

The hunting and fishing area, including the boat ramp, located downstream from Navajo Dam, will be closed during the improvements until June 20. Boaters should exit the river before reaching the Hammond Tract boat ramp, since it is the last takeout before the Hammond Diversion.

Starting Monday, and over the next few weeks, construction workers will restore 20 acres of riparian habitat and a half-mile of river by creating new wetlands, improving stream habitat and planting native vegetation. Workers will also replace the boat ramp and improve the parking lot. The department already has cleared invasive salt cedar and Russian olive trees from the 80-acre area owned by the State Game Commission.
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Northern Maine Spring Turkey Season Suspended

Posted April 18, 2014 By NewsEngine

AUGUSTA, Maine — Due to the impact of this year’s severe winter in northern Maine, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife has suspended the spring wild turkey hunt in portions of northern Maine, specifically Wildlife Management Districts 1-6. The spring turkey season will remain unchanged in all other areas of the state.

“Late winter can be the most critical period for wild turkeys, and unfortunately March of 2014 has been challenging for turkeys in Northern Maine,” said Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. In fact, the National Weather Service ranked March 2014 in northern Maine as the third snowiest March on record.

“This winter has taken a toll on younger wild turkeys, including hens. A spring hunting season in addition to the severe winter could impact not only this turkey season, but future seasons as well,” said Woodcock.
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Learn about Kayak Fishing

Posted April 18, 2014 By NewsEngine

CONCORD, N.H. — Learn how to enhance your kayaking experience with the fun of fishing! Shawn Roche, a kayak instructor for the Mountain Road Trading Post in Raymond, N.H., will demystify kayak fishing at a free outdoor adventure talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required.

In this introductory workshop, Roche will go over some of the many different types and styles of kayaks used for fishing. “Knowing the pros and cons of different types of kayaks can help you make a better choice for the type of fishing you do,” said Roche. “I will also show examples of some of the many different accessories that can be added onto a kayak, such as rod holders, fishfinders, lights, and anchor systems.”
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