N.H. Hunting Report – August 30, 2012
Greetings, hunters! New Hampshire's hunting seasons get rolling September 1 with the opening of bear and gray squirrel seasons, followed by the early season for resident Canada geese September 4-25 (statewide). Find info on hunting in New Hampshire on the Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunting.htm.
2012-2013 N.H. HUNTING AND TRAPPING DIGEST: Has season dates, bag limits, check stations and in-depth information for hunters and trappers. Read it online at www.huntnh.com/pubs/hunting.html or get one when you buy your license.
BEAR HUNT OUTLOOK: The 2012 bear hunting season begins September 1 in all regions of the state and should be very productive for those hunting bruins in the Granite State, according to bear biologist Andrew Timmins. New Hampshire’s bear population is very strong, with an estimated total population of 5,000 animals. Read Andy's outlook for the 2012 bear hunt at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/bear_forecast.htm.
GET YOUR 2012 MOOSE HUNT SHIRT: Our limited-edition 2012 New Hampshire moose hunt shirt collection is available. Order at www.huntnh.com/mooseshirt.
ARCHERY SEASONS for turkey and white-tailed deer open September 15.
OPENING DAY for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer hunting season is November 14, 2012. As has been true 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. The special permits can be purchased online, by mail, or at the N.H. Fish and Game Department in Concord. See www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Unit_M_permits.htm.
FREE HUNTING EVENTS SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 – Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with N.H. Fish and Game! Giant Sporting Expo at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord and public Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Great raffles. See www.huntnh.com/Newsroom/News_2012/Q3/hunt_expo_2012_advance.html.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE 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. Topics include "Whitetail Calls and Scents" (Sept. 12); Deer Hunting Basics (Sept. 19); "Mature Whitetail Tactics" (Sept. 26); "New Hampshire Raptors" (Oct. 3); and "Deer Hunting – the Three Phases of the Rut" (Oct. 10). www.wildnh.com/Newsroom/News_2012/Q3/outdoor_talks-1_overview.html
YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING WEEKEND will be held statewide in New Hampshire on Saturday/Sunday, September 29-30. Youth must be age 15 or under and accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older. The adult may not hunt.
LAST CALL FOR HUNTER ED: Time is running out for folks who need a hunter education course. Sign up right away if you need one. See www.huntnh.com/Newsroom/News_2012/Q3/HE_last_call_081712.html.
APPRENTICE HUNTING LICENSE: New Hampshire now has an exciting new opportunity for sharing the hunting experience. The Apprentice Hunting License allows people a chance to hunt under the guidance of an experienced hunter age 18 or older without having to take a Hunter Education course. Learn more about being an apprentice or accompanying an apprentice at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/apprentice.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 www.wildnh.com/Hunting/where_hunt_in_NH.htm. For a listing of New Hampshire’s largest Wildlife Management Areas, visit www.wildnh.com/Wildlife/WMA_index.htm. Find tips for hunters on helping to maintain hunting access: www.huntnh.com/landshare/hunters_guide.html.
TAKE THE SMALL GAME AND RUFFED GROUSE SURVEYS: You could win a firearm! See www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_small_game.htm.
ARE YOU AWARE OF A POACHING SITUATION? Call Operation Game Thief toll-free at 1-800-344-4262 or report wildlife crime online at www.wildnh.com/OGT.
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