John Harrigan's Woods, Water & Wildlife: Days getting longer, so are the thoughts

Tidbits and tenderloin:

The "right to carry" came into focus again last week, as in whether members of New Hampshire's House and Senate should be able to carry loaded and concealed guns into the State House.

This issue has come up again and again. But the media almost always get it wrong, concerning what and what is not "legal," and never mind the State House - I'm talking about the street, stores and more.

It is not a matter of a "permit." One does not have to have a "permit" in New Hampshire to own either a long rifle or handgun. Neither does one need a "permit" to carry a loaded gun in plain sight, or an unloaded gun concealed. It is the loaded and concealed part of it that requires not a permit, but a license, issued by respective towns.

Whenever this issue comes up, I marvel that while New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die State, is so often reviled by Big Media, Vermont gets a PC pass. Somehow we seldom hear that the land of Ben and Jerry's, the iconic landscape of cows and bucolic small towns, has no gun laws whatsoever, and there is a season for shooting fish.

On Jan. 8 it was 30 below, no joke, no "wind chill" factored in, that term being the stuff of TV weather prognosticators, and on Jan. 9 the wind blew a gale, carrying most of my snow over to my Uncle Fudd's house in Maine. Now, please understand that I hate to hear my oil furnace fire up when I've got tons of wood outside to fuel the outdoor wood furnace.

But I looked at the dog Millie, and she said back, by a certain look, "No way," and I agreed, and hit the thermostat.

National Public Radio (former Senator Judd Gregg famously called it "National Sandinista Radio") (I don't agree, even though JugHead and I, way back, flied kites together on Rye Beach) carried a segment about a Norwegian initiative to get people to "eat more wild and green."

Closer to home this is known as "locavore," which I prefer to spell "localvore." Food can range from mushrooms (careful there) to fiddleheads to dandelion greens to - hey, guess what? - rabbits, partridge, and venison.

This kind of thing confounds anti-hunters, because what is more locally grown, freer of chemicals, and comes with a lower environmental price tag than something grown on nearby land, especially our own?

Write John Harrigan at or Box 39, Colebrook NH 03576.