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October 22, 2003

Increased Opportunities for Archery Hunters This Season

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire's archery hunters will have more time this year to hit their mark in some parts of the state. In 2003, archery hunters may take antlerless deer through the entire archery season, which started September 15 and lasts through December 15, in several Wildlife Management Units (WMU) in the northern and southeastern parts of the state, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

This fall, archery hunters may take deer of either sex until December 15 in WMUs A, B, C1, C2, D, L and M. In 2001 and 2002, antlerless deer could not be taken by archery hunters after October 31, except in Unit M.

Last year, archery hunters took 1,854 deer, the third-highest number ever recorded in New Hampshire. "Archery hunting is growing in popularity in New Hampshire," said Pete Lester, Hunter Education Administrator for Fish and Game. "The extended either-sex season offers more opportunities for bow hunters in much of the state."

Archery hunters who want to get in some target practice can take advantage of two public facilities managed by Fish and Game:

  • The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness offers a wooded 14-target archery course open to the public from dawn to dusk seven days a week. For more information on Owl Brook, call (603) 536-4921 or (603) 536-1290.
  • Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown provides a 14-target archery course, plus a 4-target practice range that is universally accessible. For more information on day use at Bear Brook State Park, call (603) 485-9874.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources.

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