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Another Project to Improve Access for Anglers

 You may recall last winter I wrote a fishing report outlining our collaborative efforts with Elliotsville Plantation Inc (EPI) to improve access to popular fishing holes like Big and Little Benson Ponds in Bowerbank.  We received a lot of positive feedback from anglers after they learned they could once again access Big Benson Pond in the winter on their snowsleds using some of the traditional trail routes.

EPI also owns land in the Town of Elliotsville that includes some premier wild and stocked brook trout waters.  EPI representatives have been working hard to develop a trail network to these ponds and recently teamed up with the IFW and Boy Scout Troop 61 from the Parkman-Guilford area to build some canoe storage racks along the shore of three of these trout ponds.  Some of the scouts hiked in the day before from Shirley and camped overnight.  On Sunday, the team went to work using materials purchased by EPI constructing nice new racks on the shores of Little Wilson Pond, Moose Pond, and Prescott Pond.  This effort will help keep the area clean and organized while giving anglers the opportunity to once again store their canoes at these remote ponds. While the no motorized vehicle rules are still in place on this parcel, anglers can carry their canoes in and leave them on these new storage racks.  EPI simply requests that you label your canoe with your name and phone number so they can keep track of derelict boats in the future.  Anglers and hikers can park at the campsites near Little Wilson Falls then hike a little more than a mile into these great trout ponds.  This is a terrific opportunity to fish some beautiful trout ponds in a remote setting.  We hope anglers will take advantage of it.

Submitted by: Tim Obrey – Regional Fisheries Biologist

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Father and son, Craig and John Watt stop for a pose following a successful moose hunt in late 2010. ~Contributed Photo

Father and son, Craig and John Watt stop for a pose following a successful moose hunt in late 2010. ~Contributed Photo

Courtesy of Moosehead Matters June 11, 2013

By Jonathan Pratt

GREENVILLE – In October 2010, John Watt was able to experience something few get the chance to do. On his first-ever Moose Hunt, at the tender age of 10 years old, Watt successfully brought down a bull moose. By his side was longtime family friend and guide, Jim Young, as well as his father, local businessman Craig Watt.

Considering his age, it was Watt’s first time eligible to put in for a moose permit. Knowing his name was drawn in his first lottery just added to the fortunate feeling for the youngster.

As he tells it, John and his co-permittees left on a Friday afternoon to scout the area where he would be hunting. “Of course, we couldn’t hunt on Saturday and Sunday, so we took time to scout the area.”

After seeing a few potential targets here and there over the weekend, the trio was ready for the real thing by the beginning of the week. “When we went out on Monday, we didn’t see a moose!” Watt added.

On Tuesday, they spotted two cows and one small bull, but it wasn’t really within hunting reach of the group. “It was really cold that day, and by that night we were getting pretty down.”

By Wednesday morning, they were tired from traveling and hunting, and were hopeful for a successful day in the field.

Up before dawn, watt and his crew came up over a big hill near the Bean Brook Road and, sure enough, there stood three moose. Among them, one bull that appeared ripe for the picking.

Watt continued, recounting the next few minutes, “We sat in the truck for a few minutes, waiting for legal light.”

“Then, we got out and army-crawled our way up over the hill. We got just high enough to shoot and then we dropped him.”

He went on to describe how the other moose glanced at their competition for a moment, before heading off for the safety of the woods. “After that, we grabbed the moose, went back to camp to take pictures and call everyone back home.”

When asked how he felt in the moments leading up to the kill, Watt described feeling very cold, but intense. “We knew the moose were there, we could hear the talking to each other.”

“I just had to stay as calm as possible.”

Watt went on to ad, “It felt awesome knowing I’m one of the few people who is successful their first year. I was very lucky.”

Of course, he added a big bull moose appeared near the trio following the successful kill of the first bull they sighted. “That was okay, I was just happy to get the one I did. I’m very fortunate.”

He also claims to be very excited, and hopeful to hear his name at this year’s Moose Lottery, as he was unable to enter his name until now. “The first hunt left me ready for another one.”

The 15-point bull weighted in at roughly 750 lbs. and the “European Mount” the family purchased for John now adorns the family camp near Elm Pond. “The moose was very healthy”, Watt commented, and “dad was very happy to see me get my moose.”

As his mom Leslie put it, “He is a true sportsmen.”

 

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