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Fis 307.01 Baiting for Wildlife.
(a) In addition to the requirements specified in RSA 207:3-d, a person engaged in the act of baiting furbearing animals or game animals with the exception of gray squirrel shall be in compliance with Fis 307.
(b) No person shall engage in the act of baiting furbearing animals or game animals with the exception of gray squirrel from April 15 to August 31;
(c) Pursuant to RSA 207:3-d II., “no person shall engage in the act of baiting on the property of another unless he has secured from the owner or occupant of the property upon which the bait is to be deposited a permit in writing signed by the owner or occupant” and complied with the other requirements specified in RSA 207:3-d;
(d) The permit to be used, and signed by the owner or occupant, in (c) shall be a quadruplicate blank permit to bait wildlife, F&G Form 180, and may be obtained from the Fish and Game Department or a conservation officer.
(e) The person to be engaged in baiting shall include the following on the permit to bait wildlife:
(1) The name of the permittee;
(2) The address of the permittee;
(3) The telephone number of the permittee;
(4) Species allowed to be baited;
(5) The location of the land where baiting is to be allowed and described by town, road, and property name or White Mountain National Forest district and unit if on state-managed lands;
(6) Directions to the exact location;
(7) Name and address of landowner printed in a legible manner;
(8) Telephone number of the landowner;
(9) A blank for the issuing landowner to state stipulations, if any, to placing bait;
(10) The signature of the landowner/lessee or, if public land, of the proper authority and
(11) Date of issuance.
(f) Prior to baiting, the permittee shall distribute the copies of the completed and signed permit as follows:
(1) The white copy shall be retained by the permittee;
(2) The canary copy shall be left with the landowner;
(3) The pink copy with a topographic map or copy thereof showing the specific location of said bait site shall be filed with the conservation officer in whose district baiting is to be done in accordance with RSA 207:3-d II. For purposes of this subparagraph, “filed” as used in RSA 207:3-d II. means presented to or mailed to the conservation officer; and
(4) The goldenrod copy shall be mailed to the NH fish and game department wildlife division, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.
(g) No bait shall be placed unless the pink copy with map has been presented to the conservation officer in hand or until 3 days has elapsed after date of postmark, if mailed.
(h) A person with a current hunting license shall be allowed a maximum of 2 active bait sites and a licensed N.H. hunting guide shall be allowed a maximum of 6 active bait sites. A bait site shall be considered active if the baiting season for the species allowed on the permit to bait wildlife is open or if no specific expiration date is noted on the permit form.
(i) No person other than the permittee listed on a permit to bait wildlife shall place bait or add any material to bait previously placed, under said permit.
(j) All permits to bait wildlife shall expire no later than December 31 following the date of issuance unless an earlier date has been specified on the permit form.
(k) A permit to bait wildlife shall be valid for a single permittee only and shall have only that permittee’s name entered on the permit.
(l) A person placing bait shall post a sign bearing his or her name and address at each bait site, in a clearly visible manner not higher than 6 feet off the ground, on an identification sign made of durable material at least 3 inches by 6 inches in size.
(m) The sign specified in (l) above may bear the names of not more than 2 other persons permitted to take furbearing animals or game animals by aid and use of bait.
(n) No identification sign placed in compliance with this section shall be altered by the substitution or changing of the names listed thereon.
(o) No person other than the permittee authorized to place bait at a site shall remove, alter, or destroy any identification sign posted in compliance with (l) above.
(p) A licensed hunting guide authorized under the provisions of Fis 1106.03 and Fis 1300 shall not be required to post the names of paying clients attempting to take coyote, furbearing animals or game animals over lawful baits placed by him.
(q) No person shall place bait in public waters or on ice covered public waters.
(r) No person, except licensed hunting guides in accordance with (p) above, shall take furbearing animals or game animals by the aid or use of bait unless they are identified on the sign identified in (l) and (m).
(s) Upon the request of any conservation officer, a permittee or an applicant to bait shall be required to accompany the conservation officer to the proposed or existing bait site for purposes such as, but not limited to, determining the actual location of the bait site and compliance with the provisions of RSA 207:3-d and Fis 307.
(t) The refusal of a permittee or an applicant to comply with the provisions of paragraph (s) shall be grounds for the denial of the application, if pending, and/or the revocation of the permit if previously issued.
Source. #6175, INTERIM, eff 1-27-96, EXPIRED: 5-26-96; ss by #6251, eff 5-22-96; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #8644, eff 6-1-06; ss by #8931, eff 7-6-07; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10
Fis 307.02 Baiting for Black Bear.
(a) In addition to the requirements of RSA 207:3-d and Fis 307.01 relative to the use of bait, black bear may be taken by the aid and use of bait subject to the following:
(1) WMUs G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L, and M shall open September 1 and close September 21;
(2) WMUs A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, and F, shall open on September 1 and close September 28;
(3) No person shall place bait for the purpose of attracting and taking bear at more than 2 bait sites, but no more than one bait site in WMUs A, B, D1, H1, H2, I2, K, L, and M; and
(4) A licensed N.H. hunting guide authorized to guide bear hunters under the provisions of Fis 301.06(i) shall be allowed a maximum of 6 bait sites.
Source. #8931, eff 7-6-07; ss by #9163, eff 5-28-08; ss by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10
Fis 307.03 Wild Turkey. No person shall use the aid of bait to take wild turkeys as specified in Fis 302.01(g)(7) and (8).
Source. #8931, eff 7-6-07
Fis 307.04 Baiting Wildlife on State-Owned or Managed Land.
(a) A person may bait wildlife in accordance with RSA 207:3-d, Fis 307.01 and Fis 307.02 on lands owned or managed by the department, including:
(1) The fish and game department;
(2) The department of resources and economic development, division of state parks and division of state forests;
(3) The department of transportation;
(4) The department of environmental services, division of water;
(5) Upon federal property such as the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF); and
(6) Private property for which the fish and game department has authorization to issue permits to bait wildlife only after obtaining permission in writing to do so from the fish and game department.
(b) No person shall engage in the act of baiting furbearing animals or game animals with the exception of gray squirrel at more than 2 bait sites on state-owned or managed lands within any individual WMU.
(c) Licensed New Hampshire hunting guides may be allowed up to 3 active bait sites on state-owned or managed lands within any individual WMU.
(d) No person, to include licensed New Hampshire hunting guides, shall have more than 1 active bait site within an individual trapping unit as described in 303.17(c).
(e) Each year baiting permits shall be awarded on state owned or state managed lands for which the department has authority to award such permits on a first come-first serve basis by postmark or hand delivered.
(f) Applicants shall make application after:
(1) December 1 for the year following for baiting permits for coyote;
(2) April 1 for baiting permits for furbearing animals or game animals with the exception of gray squirrel.
(g) Applicants for award of such baiting permits shall make application to the law enforcement division, on the permit form supplied by the department for baiting on state managed lands as described in Fis 307.01 (g); and
(h) Permit applications to bait wildlife shall not be considered unless received by the department on or before August 1.
(i) Permits awarded to bait wildlife on state owned or managed lands shall become effective on the first day of legal baiting of the year of issuance of the permit and shall be valid for the baiting season in that calendar year unless an earlier date has been specified on the permit form.
(j) In addition to the requirements specified in Fis 307.01 the following stipulations for baiting wildlife on state owned or managed lands shall apply:
(1) Non-edible or non-digestible materials shall not be used as bait;
(2) Containers used to hold bait such as barrels, plastic bags, pails and boxes and any bait material shall be removed from the property by the end of the open season for taking the species by the use of bait or upon expiration of the permit, whichever occurs first;
(3) No person shall erect, build or use a tree stand or observation blind that damages or destroys a tree by inserting into the tree any metallic, ceramic or other object used as part of a ladder or observation deck nor shall any person cut any tree in connection with any of the activities regulated under this section;
(4) All temporary blinds, platforms or other structures shall be removed from the property when the permit expires;
(5) No baits shall be placed within 300 feet of buildings, roadways, pathways, trails or designated campsites so as to create a problem to others using the property; and
(6) Permittees shall comply with Fis 307.01 (l)
(k) Failure to comply with these rules shall, after notice and opportunity for a hearing in accordance with Fis 200, result in permit revocation and no issuance of a permit for one year. Persons subject to permit revocation may appeal said revocation by requesting, in writing to the executive director, a hearing in accordance with Fis 200.
(l) A permit to bait wildlife on state owned or managed lands shall be valid for a single permittee only and shall have only that permittee's name entered on the permit.
Source. #8931, eff 7-6-07 (from Fis 1102.05)