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August 8, 2005


Waterfowl Season Hearing Set for August 17

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2005 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, August 17, 2005, at 6:30 p.m., at Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord. Comments from the meeting will be considered in finalizing New Hampshire's 2005 waterfowl season dates.

"Waterfowl populations in the Atlantic Flyway continue to do well. In the northeast overall, and in New Hampshire particularly, mallard, wood duck, and Canada goose populations remain at high levels. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended liberal season frameworks for ducks," said Edward Robinson, a waterfowl biologist with N.H. Fish and Game.

New Hampshire's proposed waterfowl season is very similar to last year's. Fish and Game is proposing a 60-day duck season with a six-bird daily limit for the 2005 season.

Fish and Game also recommends continuing split seasons, including both ducks and Canada geese, in both the inland and coastal zones to allow early and late hunting opportunities. The Inland Zone season would open on October 4 and run through November 13, then reopen from November 23 through December 11. The Coastal Zone season would open on October 5 and run through October 16, then reopen November 23 through January 9.

A few species of ducks remain at lower-than-desired levels, so restrictions will continue on black ducks, scaup, pintails, canvasbacks, and Atlantic brant.

For more information on waterfowl hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

As the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats.

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