Get inspired for outdoor adventures this year at a series of free Wednesday evening talks taking place from March 28 through April 18, 2012, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required. All the talks start at 7 p.m. The series includes:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012 — WANT TO FLY FISH? LET’S GET STARTED!
This talk is designed for complete beginners or intermediate fly fishers who want to expand their “bag of tricks” to become better anglers. Veteran fly-fishing guide Angus Boezeman will explain how to get started in fly fishing and reveal tips and techniques for catching trout. This will be an open session about different fly-fishing problems and possible solutions. Audience participation is strongly encouraged.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012 — PADDLE THE NORTHERN FOREST CANOE TRAIL
Join Kate Williams for a virtual through-paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, extending 740 miles from the western edge of the Adirondacks to the northern tip of Maine. Williams will share some high points along the route of the longest water trail in the United States, as well as its focus on linking paddling visitors to the rural communities along the route, connecting trailside youth to the outdoors through paddling and camping experiences, and engaging volunteers in the important work of stewarding this world-class water trail. Bring your questions and your paddling dreams! For more information, visit http://www.NorthernForestCanoeTrail.org.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 — FLY FISHING THE UPPER CONNECTICUT RIVER
Learn when, where and how to fish the Upper Connecticut, and flies that work for catching trout there. Hear about different places to go on the river and how to fish various waters. “This is my home water, and I am happy to share the knowledge,” said presenter Angus Boezeman, a New Hampshire fishing guide with 35 years of experience fishing the Connecticut. He currently serves as an advisor to the Basil Woods Trout Unlimited Chapter in Concord, is Treasurer for the NH Guides Association, and serves on the board of directors for the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 – KAYAK CAMPING
Properly packed, a kayak can carry enough food and equipment for two weeks in the back country or off the coast. Learn how to properly pack a kayak, suggested food and gear, and discuss great kayaking destinations close to home. This talk will cover coastal, inland and river kayak camping, as well as types of kayaks. Presenter Chuck Joy is the enthusiastic New England representative for several outdoor brands, including Astral Buoyancy, Liquidlogic, Native Watercraft and Hurricane Kayaks. He grew up working and playing on everything from sailboats and homemade canoes to lobster boats and commuter boats on the waters of Boston Harbor. An avid outdoorsman, he discovered whitewater in his mid-twenties and has been working in the outdoor industry since 1994. In his free time, you’ll find him on the water or in the woods of New Hampshire.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 – BLACK BEAR HAPPENINGS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Come learn about the natural history of our native black bears, current research being done on black bears in New Hampshire, and how this powerful species is managed in the Granite State. You’ll also hear about the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, now in its 75th year, which makes wildlife management work possible. Presenter Mike Morrison is a trained New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife Steward. He holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and Masters in Science Teaching from Antioch New England, taught high school ecology and biology for 34 years, managed Pillsbury State Park for ten years, and is the Education Director of the N.H. Trappers Association.