Monday February 25, 2013

Vt Fish & Wildlife seeks deer hunters to help plan

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for hunters to help design future deer management plans.

The department is encouraging hunters to apply for one of three regional working groups currently being formed throughout the state.

The working groups are designed to bring together hunters to discuss deer management strategies and regulations as part of the department’s comprehensive deer management review process.

Deer project leader Adam Murkowski says hunters frequently say they are interested in becoming more directly involved in deer management decisions.

Murkowski says the groups will evaluate public input about deer management and interpret hunter surveys.

Anyone interested in participating should consult the department’s website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com .

Noted Vermont fishing writer Merwin dies

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) -- John Henry Merwin, one of America’s pre-eminent fishing writers who authored or edited 15 books on the subject, has died at age 66.

Merwin, of Dorset, Vt., died Wednesday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Veteran fishing editor for Field & Stream magazine, Merwin caught everything from piranhas in the Amazon to Atlantic salmon in Ireland. Among his books are "The New American Trout Fishing" and best-selling "Trailside Guide to Fly Fishing."

Born in Norwalk, Conn., Merwin started fishing with his father at age 3 and never stopped. He moved to Vermont in 1970, and in 1979, out of his basement, launched Rod & Reel magazine (now Fly Rod & Reel). Merwin followed that up with Fly Tackle Dealer, a trade magazine.

The Cremation Society of New Hampshire confirmed Merwin’s death.

Decline in Vt hunting licenses causes worry

WATERBURY (AP) -- Officials in Vermont, along ith those who cater to outdoors enthusiasts, are worried about a decline in hunting and fishing licenses issued by the state.

Hunting in Vermont is at an all-time low. In 2000, the total number of hunting licenses issued peaked at over 100,000. About a decade later that number was only 75,000.

It’s hurting state revenues, and the department’s Susan Warner said that hunting provides an economic boost when the state needs it --after leaf peeping season and before ski season.

In 2006 the hunting generated almost $400 million, but five years later that number was down by a third.

Warner says her department is looking at ways to try and bring in more hunters from out of state

Vt., NH, warn of gas smell in some water bottles

BURLINGTON (AP) -- The Vermont and New Hampshire health departments are warning people to check for gasoline smells in some 3- and 5-gallon water jugs.

The warning is being issued after reports from Massachusetts and other states found that plastic water bottles of those sizes may have become contaminated by being used to store fuel and then recycled back to drinking water bottlers after Super Storm Sandy.

Only 3-gallon or 5-gallon water containers are affected.

Tests in Massachusetts found chemical traces in a Poland Spring bottle, although it’s possible bottles from other suppliers are affected as well.

Anyone in Vermont who finds water bottles with a chemical odor should notify the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

For those who detect a fuel odor, arrangements can be made for replacement bottles of water.