Edward Robinson: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
August 24, 2006
2006-07 N.H. Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Set
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has set final season dates and bag limits for the 2006-07 waterfowl hunting season. The state's waterfowl hunting season remains very similar to last year's, with a 60-day duck season and a six-bird daily limit. As a result of input at the public meeting on August 23, 2006, the Inland Season proposal was modified slightly.
"Waterfowl populations in the Atlantic Flyway continue to do well. In the northeast overall, and in New Hampshire particularly, mallard, wood duck are in good shape, 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. "There are some concerns, however, about the status of black ducks, wigeon, scaup and pintails, as these species remain below population goals."
Fish and Game will continue split seasons for waterfowl, including ducks and Canada geese, in both the inland and coastal zones to allow early and late hunting opportunities:
- The Inland Zone season (ducks, mergansers, coots, Canada geese) opens on October 3 and runs through November 5, 2006; then reopens from November 22 through December 17, 2006.
- The Coastal Zone season will open on October 4 and run through October 15, 2006; then reopen November 22, 2006, through January 8, 2007.
Bag limit restrictions will continue on a number of
species, including black ducks, scaup, pintails, canvasbacks and Atlantic
brant. Fish and Game has reduced the daily bag limit on scaup to 1 bird
per day; increased the season length for canvasback from 30 to 60 days;
and increased the bag limit on hooded mergansers from 1 bird per day to
2 per day.
Hunters of all migratory game birds must have a 2006 New Hampshire hunting license and are required by federal law to register for the National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). Separate HIP permits are needed in each state. Licensed hunters should call 1-800-207-6183, or click here to go to Fish and Game's online licensing site, to receive a permit number (there is no charge). This number should be written on the hunting license. 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. Each year, a random selection of hunters is asked to complete a voluntary harvest survey.
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.
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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