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      Lt. Heidi Murphy: 603-271-3127
      Sandra Falicon: 603-271-3511
      Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
      October 9, 2013

Public Hearing October 28, 2013, on Proposed Falconry Rules

Falconer and his bird of prey
New Hampshire falconer

CONCORD, N.H. – A public hearing to discuss proposed falconry rule changes will be held on Monday, October 28, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

Fish and Game is proposing to readopt the rules relative to making amendments to falconry permits and permit renewals, and amend other restrictions on keeping raptors and hunting with them.  The proposal would:

* Change the rule relative to permit classes for falconry permits to lower the minimum age to become an apprentice falconer to 14 from 16 years of age and allow general and master falconers to obtain 3 raptors as replacement birds during a 12 month period;

* Extend the time period for when certain birds may be taken from the wild (currently September 1 through November 30) to September 1 through December 31;

* Amend the rule on minimum requirements and testing and application procedures to obtain a falconry permit to update references to federal regulations; and

* Update references to federal regulations in the rules regarding housing and care of raptors and marking raptors.

The complete rulemaking notice, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed at wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm.

Written comments must be received by November 4, 2013.  Send to: comments@wildlife.nh.gov (use subject line “Comments on Falconry Rules”); or write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to 603-271-1438.

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