N.H. Hunting Report – August 31, 2011

Greetings, hunters!  The seasons get started September 1 with the opening of bear and gray squirrel seasons, followed by the early season for resident Canada geese September 6-25 (statewide).  N.H. Fish and Game has lots of great info on hunting in New Hampshire posted on its hunting webpage www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunting.htm.

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NEW HUNTING DIGEST:  The 2011-2012 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest is now available, with season dates, bag limits, check stations and lots more need-to-know information for hunters and trappers. Read the digest on the Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com/pubs/hunting.html or pick it up at your local license agent.

BEAR HUNT OUTLOOK:  The 2011 bear hunting season, which begins September 1, looks very promising for New Hampshire hunters. The population is strong throughout the state, with an estimated total of 4,800 animals. Bear densities are highest in the northernmost three management regions, but the southern part of the state also offers good bear hunting opportunity. For  the 2011 bear hunt outlook by bear biologist Andy Timmins, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/bear_forecast.htm.

ARCHERY SEASONS for turkey and white-tailed deer open September 15. As was true last year, only antlered deer may be taken by bow and arrow from September 15-30.

OPENING DAY for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer hunting season is November 9, 2011.  As in recent years, both the archery and regular firearms seasons for deer will continue to end one week early in WMU A. Download a printable N.H. deer season Wildlife Management Unit map and season dates summary at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_deer.htm.

SPECIAL ANTLERLESS DEER PERMITS for Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire are still available. Like last year, hunters have the option of purchasing one tag for $13 or two tags for $26 at the time of initial purchase. Unit M Antlerless permits MAY NOT be used in September. The special permits can be purchased online or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. See www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Unit_M_permits.htm

FREE N.H. EVENTS SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 – In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, N.H. Fish and Game will host a giant Sporting Expo at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord and a public Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on Saturday, September 24.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Free admission.  Exhibits, guns, gear and many demos in Concord; shooting, seminars and other activities at Owl Brook.  Raffles for firearms and more in both locations!  More info at www.wildnh.com/Newsroom/News_2011/News_2011_Q3/hunt_fish_day_081111.html

FREE HUNTING TALKS:  Don't miss our series of free talks by hunting experts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, in Concord, N.H.  Remaining talks include "Hunting Dominant Bucks" (tonight -- 8/31); "Bird Dogs and Training Explored" (9/7); and "Calling Whitetails" (9/14). Details at www.huntnh.com/Newsroom/News_2011/News_2011_Q3/hunt_talk_overview_080911.html.

YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING WEEKEND will be held statewide in New Hampshire on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25.  To participate, youth must be age 15 or under and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older. The adult may not hunt.

LAST CALL FOR HUNTER ED:  If you know someone who needs a hunter or bowhunter education course to hunt this fall, tell them to sign up soon to get in on one of the remaining classes or field days for 2011. Get the scoop at www.huntnh.com/Newsroom/News_2011/News_2011_Q3/HE_last_call_082211.html

WHERE CAN I HUNT?  NH has more than a million acres of state and federal lands that are open to hunting -- not to mention all the private landowners who generously allow hunters access to their properties.  For ideas on where you can hunt in NH, visit wildnh.com/Hunting/where_hunt_in_NH.htm.  For a listing of NH’s largest Wildlife Management Areas, visit wildnh.com/Wildlife/WMA_index.htm.  Tips for hunters on helping to maintain hunting access: www.huntnh.com/landshare/hunters_guide.html.

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UPCOMING SEASONS:

WHITE-TAILED DEER - www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_deer.htm
BLACK BEAR - www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_bear.htm
SMALL GAME, RUFFED GROUSE, WOODCOCK - www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_small_game.htm
PHEASANT - www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_pheasant.htm
MOOSE - www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm
FALL TURKEY - www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_turkey.htm
WATERFOWL - www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_waterfowl.htm

ARE YOU AWARE OF A POACHING SITUATION? Call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-344-4262 or report wildlife crime online at www.wildnh.com/OGT.


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