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Snowshoe Hare Hunting Workshop January 18 in Holderness

HOLDERNESS — Learn about the exciting sport of snowshoe hare hunting at a free workshop being offered at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 18. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at (603) 536-3954.

At the workshop, Edward Vien, President of the N.H. Beagle Club and a volunteer Hunter Education instructor, along with Bob Drozdowski, Adam Gauthier, Larry Williams and John Fletcher, will introduce participants to one of New Hampshire's finest small-game hunting experiences -- hare hunting with beagles.

The workshop will cover topics such as snowshoe hares and where to find them, dogs and their needs and training, equipment, safety considerations, where to find information on hare and rabbit hunting, and clubs in New Hampshire that focus on dogs and hare hunting. The instructors have many years of experience and a true passion for their sport, so bring all your questions.

Participants should bring warm outdoor clothing and be prepared to go outside. The first portion of the workshop takes place in the classroom, and then the class moves outside, where the dogs will show their stuff. Note that this workshop does not include lunch.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 09:17

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Christmas tree bonfire planned at Wolfeboro ski area

WOLFEBORO — For the four weeks following Christmas, Abenaki Ski Area will be collecting Christmas Trees from the public for a giant Christmas Tree Bonfire at the base of the mountain on Saturday, January 25th at 5:30 p.m.

Trees must be completely bare when dropped off to the Ski Area in the designated spot. Donations open from December 26 through January 25. Hot cocoa and concessions available in the lodge, and skiing under the lights. Plenty of food will be on hand during the bonfire including the Abenaki Ski team chili, meatball subs and mac and cheese.Prior to the bonfire Abenaki will be hosting the Abenaki Ski-A-Thon fundraiser for a new ski lodge at 4:30 p.m., and following the bonfire at 7 p.m. there will be the Kingswood varsity hockey game verses Goffstown.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 09:10

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Bolduc Park open for the season

GILFORD — After the recent snowfall, the trails at Bolduc Park have been set and groomed and the park is officially open for the season.

Lessons in classic and skate skiing technique are offered and will begin the first Saturday in January. Rental equipment is available. Those interested in taking lessons can sign up through the Gilford, Laconia or Belmont Parks and Recreation offices or by contacting Bob or Pat Bolduc at Piches Ski and Sport (603) 524-2068.

Snowshoeing is also popular at Bolduc Park, as people often make their own paths or follow established trails alongside the set ski tracks. Do not walk or snowshoe on the cross country trails.

Donations are accepted for use of the park. The recommended donation for winter use is $5 per person and can be paid inside the clubhouse when an attendant is on duty or placed in an envelope left in the mail slot provided. Season passes and gift certificates are available at the park clubhouse.

Bolduc Park is a non-profit organization and is run and maintained solely by volunteers. Donations help offset the cost of maintaining the park. The park is located at 282 Gilford Avenue on the Gilford/Laconia line. For more information, visit the park's website: www.bolducpark.com or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/bolducpark or call (603) 524-1370.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 09:06

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New network of trails open to the public in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — A new network of seven miles of woodland trails are now open to the public in Spaulding Woods in Northfield. Spaulding Woods, which is part of Spaulding Youth Center's 470 acre property, has been developed for the pleasure of cross-country skiers, mountain bikers and hikers.

Jason Sterner, Coordinator of the Experiential Challenges Outdoors program at Spaulding recruited volunteers including Spaulding staff members, students and members of New England Mountain Biking Association to build the trails this fall. The trails are open to the public and can be accessed from the public boat launch on Shaker Road. Motorized vehicles and camping are prohibited. Go to www.spauldingwoods.org for a trail map.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:55

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