Girlscanhunt2 wrote:Hi. I recently got my hunting license in NH and I'm interested in waterfowl hunting up here, but I don't know a lot about NH. Everyone I know that hunts is down in Mass. I'm a 26 year old female. I need someone to help show me the ropes around southern NH or offer any advice you can. I'm down in Rockingham County. I hunt with a Winchester 1300. Any information would be appreciated as to other people that could help, places to meet other hunters, and land to hunt on. Thanks in advance for your time.
What you'll find in NH is a lot different than MA. Pretty easy to find land to hunt on, there are a few (like less than 5 I think) towns were you can't hunt, otherwise, as long as its not posted, you meet the requirements for distance from buildings and roads, you can hunt it. If its private property, it is still always best practice to go ask the landowner though. In my experience, most of them look at you like you got three heads just for asking. Most are not used to that courtesy. I've never been told no.
As far as meeting people, you can join the local DU chapter or the NH Delta chapter. thats about the best place I know to meet duck hunters. If there is a Fish and Game club nearby that would help as well.
Generally, in my experience, its pretty tough to meet a new friend to take you hunting if you are showing up empty handed. No offense, but nobody wants to take someone hunting at THEIR spot and teach them stuff. If you get there, learn everything I can teach you, get good, decide you love it... next thing I know, you are hunting my spot every weekend and killing more ducks than me.
100 other people will say the same thing.... Scout, Scout, Scout. Find a spot with ducks, then go and try to figure it out best you can. When you have specific problems, come back and ask, then you'll probably get more help.
If you come back and post "Found a spot with a thousand ducks but can't 1) get them to decoy, or 2) seem to hit them when they do decoy, or 3)retrieve them after their shot." Than you'll have a whole line of people wanting to help you out and meet up on their next available day off.
If you lived further from me, I'd be more than happy to take you out sometime. Unfortunately, I live in Southern Rockingham County as well. So let me know when you find a spot. I'll take you out, teach you to call, show you how I set decoys, teach you to build a blind, call shots, clean ducks, and whatever else you want to know.
Starting off, I'd say get a DVD or CD on duck calling and a cheap call, a handful of decoys, and start scouting.