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Updated March 6, 2014

NEW! Click here for a link to the 2014 Wildlife Rule Proposal.

2014-2015 Wildlife Rule Proposals in the Works at Fish and Game

Reduction in Number of Moose Hunting Permits Proposed

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Wildlife Division staff have provided an overview of the initial draft proposal for changes in the N.H. hunting seasons for 2014 and 2015. Wildlife season-setting rules are reviewed every two years.

Click here to view a presentation about the 2014 Wildlife Rules Proposal.

"As this process goes forward, we want the public to have access to the discussions underway about the wildlife seasons," said Wildlife Division Chief Mark Ellingwood.

The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the changes at three public hearings set for:

  • March 31, 2014 – Keene High School 6:30-9:00 p.m.
  • April 2, 2014 – Fish and Game Region 1 Office in Lancaster, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
  • April 3, 2014 – N.H. Fish and Game Department, Concord, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

After considering public comment, the Wildlife Division will present the final rule package to the Fish and Game Commission at its April 16, 2014, meeting. The rules then go before the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) at the State Legislature for approval on May 16, 2014. The new rules for 2014-2015 will be reflected in the new N.H. Hunting and Trapping Digest, which is published in August.

Fewer Moose Hunt Permits

One part of the proposed rules being watched with particular interest is the number of permits to be offered in the N.H. moose hunt lottery during 2014 and 2015.  In the proposed regulations, the total number of permits for hunting moose in New Hampshire would be reduced from 275 to 124. The decrease in permits is designed to offset increased natural mortality and decreased reproduction and should allow the population to grow. A three-year study is currently being conducted by Fish and Game to learn more.

Wildlife Programs supervisor Kent Gustafson noted that the Wildlife Division proposes to  allow the Wildlife Heritage Foundation to auction up to two permits (they previously auctioned five each year to support Fish and Game initiatives) and one Hunt of a Lifetime moose permit (previously up to two).  "These permit offerings represent an approximate 50% reduction from past permit issuance, which is commensurate with our proposed reduction in regular moose permits for the hunting public at large," said Gustafson.

Further updates will be posted on this page as they become available.

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