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August 1, 2006


Waterfowl Season Hearing Set for August 23

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2006 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, August 23, 2006, at 6:30 p.m., at Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord. Comments at the meeting will be considered in finalizing New Hampshire's 2006 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. "There are some concerns, however, about the status of black ducks, wigeon, scaup and pintails."

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 2006 season. There are some minor changes.

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 (ducks, mergansers, coots, Canada geese) would open on October 3 and run through November 12, then reopen from November 22 through December 10.

  • The Coastal Zone season would open on October 4 and run through October 15, then reopen November 22 through January 8.

Species restrictions will continue on black ducks, scaup, pintails, canvasbacks and Atlantic brant. Fish and Game is proposing to reduce the daily bag limit on scaup to 1 bird per day; to increase the season length for canvasback from 30 to 60 days; and to increase the bag limit on hooded mergansers from 1 bird per day to 2 birds per day.

For more 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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