CONTACTS:
Karina Jolles: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212
November 9, 2006

"Let's Go Fishing" Volunteer Ice Fishing Instructor Training Offered

CONCORD, N.H. -- Attention anglers! The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department needs you as a volunteer ice fishing instructor for the Let's Go Fishing program, where you'll have a chance to teach ice fishing to youth and adults. The Let's Go Fishing program will hold certification trainings for new ice fishing instructors on Saturday, December 2, 2006, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord; and on Saturday, December 9, 2006, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Twin Mountain Fish Hatchery, 1450 Route 3 North in Whitefield. It is only necessary to attend one of the scheduled training classes to become certified. The certification program is required in order to be an instructor in this popular, long-standing program.

To sign up for the free training, call Lisa Collins at (603) 271-3212 or email
aquatic-ed@wildlife.state.nh.us; in addition, you must print out and return a Let's Go Fishing volunteer application form. Click here and on "Volunteer application" or ask to receive one by mail when you call. Applications must be received by November 27, 2006, to reserve your spot in the class. Light refreshments will be served.

The Let's Go Fishing Program's ice fishing classes are fun, easy to teach and becoming more popular each year. The instructor trainings will cover the ins and outs of Let's Go Fishing program operation, teaching techniques and policy and procedures. As well as how to deal with teachers and working in the schools, winter pond ecology, what happens under the ice, an overview of equipment and safety.

After completing the training, participants have the opportunity to join an existing team of volunteer ice fishing instructors who present programs across the state. The Let's Go Fishing program also offers: basic freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, fly tying, fly fishing and saltwater fly fishing.

Over the past ten years, thousands of children and adults have learned to be safe, ethical and successful anglers through the Let's Go Fishing program. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program -- a true user-pay, user-benefit program. Your purchase of fishing tackle, firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and motorboat fuels, along with license sales, helps fund sport fish and wildlife restoration in New Hampshire, in turn providing opportunities for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-associated recreation. For more information on the Let's Go Fishing program, click here.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

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