Welcome to Long Ridge Deer Camp, often referred to as LRDC. This camp is located somewhere in New Hampshire, in the Connecticut River Valley. Indeed, the river is less than a mile away. This is deep New England territory, mostly forested, with some agricultural fields and plantings. Very rural and uncrowded, there is a lot of land to hunt, snowmobile and hike on. As we go on in this blog, we will be talking about how to successfully hunt deer in New England. I have written for outdoor publications, and have subscribed at one time or another to most hunting magazines, including Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, American Whitetail, American Hunting Club etc. It has always amazed me, ever since I was a child (I have been hunting 50 years) how few deer hunting articles written in the national rags have any relevance to hunting Whitetail deer in New England.
We are definitely a Northern clime, with annual temperatures reaching extremes, from 100 degrees F to -35 below zero F. New Hampshire is about 85 % forested. We usually get 3 to 8 feet of snow during the winter months, so our deer definitely benefit from large softwood stands. Where we hunt it is almost entirely wooded, though there may be fields a few acres in size here or there. I would guess that deer density in our area is about 8-10 per square mile.