Hunting with bow, rifle, and the Web

My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 10/17/02
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.


"There is a passion for hunting, something deeply implanted in the human breast."
- Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Fox hunting is "the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible."
- Oscar Wilde

When I was a graduate student, I occasionally went duck and pheasant hunting to get away from my academic work. I had never hunted before and found it to be very satisfying. I had an experienced hunter, a technician in my laboratory, as my tutor. I am not an early riser and found that I was getting up before dawn, rain or shine, to arrive at the Merrimack River, the Parker River, Georgetown (for pheasant) or the beach at Duxbury to find a good shooting spot before sunrise. I did this several times until, one morning while standing in the pouring rain, my finger slipped and released the hammer on my $10 shotgun. Although I was holding the gun in a safe orientation, the bird shot went a little too close to my foot. That was my last day of hunting and I returned to the relative safety of my laboratory with its radioactive and toxic materials, high voltages, and high energy particle accelerators. Nevertheless, this hunting experience gave me an appreciation for the beauty of nature that I hadn't had before. This led to a lifelong interest in hiking, nature walks, camping, and cross-country skiing. I also discovered that the hunters that I came across on my short hunting career took their sport seriously, were very much concerned with preserving the environment, and made every effort to "leave it as they found it". The few Web pages I've listed below are an attempt to provide some useful information to these hunters and to, perhaps, inform the general public about this sport.

MassWildlife
www.state.ma.us/dfwele/dfw/dfwrec.htm

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Web site - hunting season dates, laws, license and permit information (fees and agents), hunting courses, wildlife management area maps, and hunting tips.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
www.wildlife.state.nh.us

The site to consult when hunting in New Hampshire. It's chock full with information - hunting season dates, laws and regulations, license and permit information (fees, agents, and online purchase), hunting information by species, limits, downloadable publications (Hunting Digest, Hunting Forecast, Wildlife Harvest Summary, Small Game Summary Report), and much more.

Hunting in Maine
www.maineoutdoors.com/hunting

Links to hunting resources - licenses and permits (deer, moose, wild turkey), hunting seasons, hunter safety courses, trapping seasons, hunting and trapping licenses, professional guide services, and camps and lodges.

Hunting Bin Laden
www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen

Oops, how did this get in here? This is what happens when you put the keyword "hunting" in google.com. You get PBS's Frontline Web site: "Investigating Osama .. ."

Field & Stream
www.fieldandstream.com/fieldstream/hunting

Hunting section of the online version of Field & Stream - Online hunting articles (with multiple resource links), database of over 30 game animals (habitat, hunting techniques, and other information on each animal), columnists, photo gallery (featured photographers) , and more.

Outdoor Life
www.outdoorlife.com/outdoor/hunting

Hunting section of the online version of Outdoor Life - feature articles, game finder, gear finder, and more.

Discover the Outdoors
www.dto.com/hunting

The hunting section of this outdoors site - feature articles, custom-build topographic maps (for a fee), interactive hunting zone maps for species and states, hunting news, printable and interactive score sheets, outdoor glossary, species list, hunter safety, guides and outfitters by state, outdoor cooking, archive of previous articles, and more.

Bowhunter
www.bowhunter.com

Online bowhunting magazine.

GORP
gorp.com/gorp/activity/hunting.htm

GORP (Great Outdoor Recreation Page, is one of the best Web sites for all sorts outdoor activities. Their hunting page is pretty meager, though. Checkout the Menu Fixe link for some hearty trailside cooking.

Previous columns with live links can be found at www.winchestermass.org/wstar

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (www.winchestermass.org), Martin Zombeck can be found at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist, or at the tennis courts in Winchester.
E-mail: mvz@alum.mit.edu.

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