Word on the street says that hunting is on a national downward trend. That “word” clearly hasn’t reached the hillside haunts of New Hampshire, as thousands of Granite State hunters and trappers still take to the woods each spring and fall to take part in the outdoor pastimes that have been integral to rural New England life.
When a density-dependent disease was believed to be threatening our fox and fisher populations, these same camps blamed the state’s trappers. When hunters were assisting the state with moose biology through harvest data, these camps were working to stop the state’s moose hunt. When volunteer trappers were assisting with bobcat population dynamics, these people were busy claiming the NH Fish & Game Department was “working only for hunters”. We now find ourselves all here again under the bright yellow circus tent of a coyote hunting bill, with the same jokers claiming the “moral majority” once again.
A 16-year-old girl says she’s “fortunate to be alive” after reportedly being attacked by a coyote outside her Massachusetts home on Sunday evening. The attack occured as debates about coyote management in the Northeast are intensifying.
Many know me for my outdoor pursuits, advocacy, and trials in the wildlife control industry. What many don’t know is my affinity for the arts. My past experiences in the fine arts are why I’m skilled at talking about trapping beaver and preparing a porcupine stew whilst in the same breath discussing the dualities of art nouveau and art deco. I’m not opposed to walking miles of untouched forest tracking fisher while debating dadaism and the relevancy of Marcel Duchamp.