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August 15, 2005

Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has announced 2005 hunting season dates and bag limits for early season migratory game birds, with no major changes from last year. The 2005 seasons for these birds are as follows:

  • Resident Canada geese: The bag limit is five birds per day during the September season, which extends from the day after Labor Day (September 6) through September 25. As was true last year, New Hampshire's resident Canada goose population continues to grow and has a statewide distribution.

  • Crows: The crow season is unchanged. The fall crow-hunting season runs from August 15 to November 30. Next spring's two-week crow season will be March 16-31, 2006.

  • Sea ducks: The sea duck season will run from October 1, 2005 - January 15, 2006; the bag limit is 7 birds per day, with no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders or 4 long-tailed ducks (formerly "oldsquaw").

  • Woodcock: October 1 - October 30; bag limit is 3 birds per day.

  • Common snipe: Sept. 15 - October 30; bag limit is 8 birds per day.

  • Youth waterfowl weekend: Last weekend in September (Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2005). All regular season waterfowl regulations, including bag limits, shooting hours, use of non-toxic shot, etc., apply during the youth weekend.

Hunters of all migratory game birds must have a 2005 New Hampshire hunting license and are required by federal law to register for the National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). In New Hampshire, this includes all who hunt ducks, geese, snipe, woodcock and coots. Harvest information from HIP helps Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service make more reliable estimates of the number of all migratory birds harvested throughout the country, allowing biologists to make decisions about hunting seasons, bag limits and population management. A random selection of hunters is asked to complete a voluntary harvest survey. Separate HIP permits are needed in each state. Licensed hunters should call 1-800-207-6183 to receive a permit number. Write this permit number on your license. There is no charge for a HIP permit. Through the cooperation of hunters, the HIP program provides biologists with the facts they need to ensure that our migratory bird resources - and hunting tradition - will be around for future generations to enjoy.

Waterfowl hunters must also obtain a federal and a state duck stamp.

Hunters are asked to report all banded birds using the toll-free phone number, 1-800-327-BAND. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will send a certificate with information about the bird.

For more information on New Hampshire hunting season dates and regulations, click here.

For online license and permit sales, click here.

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



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