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August 1, 2014

Waterfowl Season Meeting Set for August 13, 2014Canada geese

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public meeting on proposed season dates andbag limits for the 2014 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. Comments at the meeting will be considered in finalizing New Hampshire’s 2014 waterfowl season dates.

Duck and waterfowl population levels this year in New Hampshire and in the Atlantic Flyway remain in good shape, according to N.H. Fish and Game Waterfowl Biologist Jessica Carloni. In New Hampshire, breeding waterfowl surveys indicated higher duck and goose populations than in recent years likely due to the abundant snowmelt and spring precipitation providing improved breeding habitat conditions.

New Hampshire’s proposed waterfowl season is very similar to last year’s. The overall duck season is 60 days, with a bag limit of 6 birds daily. A noteworthy change is an increase in the Canada goose season length and bag limit which have been increased from 60 to 70 days, with the daily bag limit increasing from 2 to 3 birds.

A map of the waterfowl zones may be viewed at huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_waterfowl.htm.

Following are the proposed waterfowl seasons:

  • The proposed Northern Zone season for ducks, mergansers, and coots would open on October 2 and run through November 30, 2014.  The Canada goose season would also open on October 2 and run through December 10, 2014.
  • The proposed Inland Zone season for ducks, mergansers, and coots would open on October 2 and run through November 2; then reopen November 16 through December 13, 2014.  The Canada goose season would also open on October 2 and run through November 2; then reopen November 16 through December 23, 2014.
  • The proposed Coastal Zone season for ducks, mergansers, and coots would open on October 3 and run through October 13 (Columbus Day); then reopen November 16 through January 3, 2014.  The Canada goose season would also open on October 3 and run through October 23; then reopen November 16, 2014 through January 3, 2015.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect our fish, wildlife and marine resources and habitats. Visit huntnh.com.

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