Lindsay Webb.: 603-271-3511
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
December 2, 2013
Thank a Landowner Today
CONCORD, N.H. – Now is the perfect time to extend thanks to landowners who share access to their land. As you create your gift giving list, be sure to add those folks who allow you to use their land for outdoor recreation. It might be a farmer that allows you to walk through their fields to access a great fishing spot, a landowner that gives you permission to hunt in their woodlot, or a neighbor who allows you to snowmobile through their property.
With more than 70% of New Hampshire in private ownership we need to make sure these landowners really know how much you appreciate them allowing you access to hunt, fish, watch wildlife, and recreate on their property.
A few ways to say thanks to landowners:
* Visit the landowner at the end of the season to express your appreciation, and, if possible, provide them with some of your harvest or your best wildlife photograph from your time on their property.
* Send a personal note or holiday card to the landowner, thanking them for sharing their land.
* Send a gift basket, N.H. Fish & Wildlife Calendar, or gift certificate to a local restaurant.
* Help them protect their property by documenting and reporting suspicious activities.
* Offer to help with outdoor tasks, or to clean up and properly dispose of illegally dumped materials left on their property.
If you are mentoring a young hunter or angler, be sure to include them in thanking the landowner – it's a great lesson for them to learn!
Remember – the tradition of hunting in New Hampshire will only continue if we all follow the basic principle of landowner relations: Treat the landowner as you would like to be treated and treat their land as you would like yours to be treated. Whatever your preferred sport, as soon as you set foot/tire/ski on someone else’s property, be sure to treat the land with respect so that future generations can also access the land.
Fish and Game’s Landowner Relations Program works in partnership with landowners, hunters and anglers to identify problems landowners experience in providing access, and work proactively to address them. To learn more about the program, visit wildnh.com/landshare.
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