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Mark Ellingwood: (603) 271-2461
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September 6, 2006


Small Game Survey Helps Manage New Hampshire's Wildlife
Chance to Win a Ruger Rifle!

CONCORD, N.H. -- Small game hunting season opens in New Hampshire on October 1, 2006 (gray squirrel season started September 1). Annual input provided by small-game hunters for the New Hampshire Small Game Survey plays a vital role in helping the N.H. Fish and Game Department manage the state's wildlife populations. Participating hunters have a chance both to help biologists manage wildlife and win a great raffle prize -- a Sturm Ruger 10-22 RR rifle generously donated by the Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., to help boost participation in this important data collection effort.

The survey asks hunters to report when and where they hunt and which small game species they encounter. This information gives Fish and Game biologists important records on the abundance and distribution of ruffed grouse, woodcock, snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbit and gray squirrel.

Survey results not only help biologists better manage small game populations, they also help hunters know when and where they have the best chance of bagging their intended game. Data from the survey also provides Fish and Game with insights into the interests, activities and observations of New Hampshire's small-game hunters. Each year, the results of the Small Game Survey are compiled into a summary report of small game taken or observed. All survey participants are sent a copy of the final statistics.

The 2005/2006 Small Game Summary Report is posted on the Fish and Game website (click here for the PDF file), or pick up a copy at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. There is no charge.

So, if you're a small game hunter, be sure to participate in the survey and be entered to win a rifle for next year's hunting season! To take part in the survey, ask for a small game survey form -- email wilddiv@wildlife.state.nh.us; call (603) 271-2461; or write to Wildlife Division, 11 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH, 03301 -- fill it out and send it in. All survey forms must be postmarked by April 15, 2007, to be entered into the raffle.

For more about hunting small game in New Hampshire, including season dates and bag limits, click here.

New Hampshire hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online (click here for online license sales) or from Fish and Game license agents statewide.

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