In Brief: NH youth turkey hunt planned next weekend

April 15. 2017 11:55PM

NH youth turkey hunt planned next weekend

CONCORD - New Hampshire's 2017 youth turkey hunt will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 30, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway.

During the 2016 youth weekend, young hunters took 484 turkeys or 12.5 percent of the spring season's take, according to the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

To participate, hunters must be 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult 18 or older. The adult may not carry a firearm or bow and arrow. Youth hunters do not need a hunting license, but they must have a valid turkey permit ($16 residents, $31 nonresidents). Accompanying adults must have either a current New Hampshire hunting or archery license and a turkey permit.

"The special weekend provides youth and mentoring adults a quiet, noncompetitive time in the woods, where they can focus on safety, ethics, hunting methods and exploring the natural world," N.H. Fish and Game wrote in a news release.

Ted Walski, Fish and Game turkey project leader, advises mentors to make sure that youth hunters with little hunting experience pattern their shotgun on targets, do not shoot at turkeys beyond range, and do not take body shots.

A short video about turkey hunting in New Hampshire - and more information - is available at

Fall Mountain edges Portsmouth in quiz show

DURHAM - What do Richard Milhouse Nixon and El Cid have in common? They both played a role in last week's "Granite State Challenge" quarterfinal game between Fall Mountain Regional High School and Portsmouth High School.

Fall Mountain led comfortably after the first three rounds, but Portsmouth came back in round four, and with just 26 seconds left in the game, tied the score at 370.

It came down to the last two questions. Fall Mountain correctly identified the first name of "The Simpsons" character Milhouse Van Houten as being Richard Nixon's middle name. Portsmouth could have tied again with the correct answer to the final question: Castilian medieval military leader Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, played by Charlton Heston in a 1961 film, was better known by what short name meaning the lord. The answer, El Cid, stumped both teams, leaving Fall Mountain the victor with a score of 390 to 370.

The Fall Mountain Wildcats were represented by captain Tim Fitzpatrick, Brandon Perkins, George Gowdy, Lauren MacLachlan and alternates Lenard Lim and Morgan Snelling. Nick Belsky was the coach.

The Portsmouth Clippers were represented by captain Cameron Markovsky, Peter Gerrish, Ethan Fuller, Chithra Singareddy, and alternates Elayna Bennett and Jackson Smith. Hannah Dul was the coach.

Fall Mountain now advances to the semifinals of the academic quiz show, which requires high school students to quickly recall math, science, social studies, language arts and fine arts facts, and answer questions about current events, entertainment, sports and New England.

"Granite State Challenge" airs Saturdays at 6 p.m. on NHPTV Prime, and is rebroadcast multiple times on Prime and NHPTV Explore. All games also can be watched at

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