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April 10, 2007

Public Hearings Set on Proposed Wildlife Rule Changes

CONCORD, N.H. -- Hunters and other interested parties can offer their input on proposed state rules affecting wildlife and wildlife management at two public hearings on April 30, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at New Hampshire Fish and Game's Region 1 Office, 629B Main Street, Lancaster; and on May 1, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord. The Fish and Game Commission considers public input as it formulates its final wildlife rule proposals. The hearings will address proposals including:

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT UNIT A: In an effort to create better balance in the age composition of antlered male deer in Wildlife Management Unit A, the Department has proposed that in WMU A only, the archery season would end on December 8 (one week early); the muzzleloader season would run 9 days (rather than 11) immediately preceding the regular firearms season (that is, it starts on Monday); and that the regular firearms season would run 19 days beginning the second Wednesday in November (it would end one week early). Fish and Game also has proposed that only bucks with at least 2 legal antler points on at least one side, be available for harvest. This restriction would apply to all seasons and all hunters, with the exception of youth hunters during Youth Weekend.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT UNIT D: Fish and Game has proposed that WMU D be split into two separate units (called D1 and D2), using Route I-93 as the dividing line. Doing so will bring the deer units into parity with those of the existing bear and moose units. This proposed change acknowledges differences in the respective deer populations in the two proposed units (D1 and D2), and is intended to accommodate their differing deer management needs. Fish and Game further proposes that the either-sex deer days in WMU D1 (the northern half) be 1 day for muzzleloader and 0 days for regular firearms season, and that the either-sex days in WMU D2 (the southern half) be 1 day for muzzleloader and 1 day for regular firearms season. The greater number of days allocated to D2 reflects the fact that the deer population in D2 is closer to goal than the population in D1.

LONG ISLAND DEER PERMITS: Fish and Game proposes that crossbows be allowed for use during the entire Long Island deer season.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT UNIT M PROPOSALS: In WMU M only, Fish and Game proposes that deer hunters be allowed to kill two deer prior to registering them. Current rules require that a hunter register his/her first deer prior to killing a second. A second proposal for WMU M is that the either-sex days during the regular firearms season (currently 10 days) be extended for the full length of the season (26 days).

OTHER DEER PROPOSALS: Fish and Game is proposing to allow the use of "00 or larger" buckshot for the taking of deer; currently only "00" is legal.

BAITING PROPOSALS: Fish and Game proposes to consolidate the existing baiting rules (from four separate sections) into a single section, for simplicity and to facilitate interpreting the rules. The Department also proposes three changes in its existing rules. These would legally define an "active bait site"; would limit the number of hunters who can legally hunt over a deer bait; and, lastly, would create a cap on the number of bait sites an individual or guide may have on state-owned or state-managed lands.

MOOSE FEES: Fish and Game proposes to increase moose fees, as follows. If passed, these changes would be effective January 1, 2008:

  • Resident moose hunt lottery applications would increase from $10 to $15.
  • Nonresident moose lottery applications would change from $10 to $25.
  • Resident moose hunting permits would rise from $100 to $150.
  • Nonresident moose hunting permits would increase from $300 to $500.

For the complete rulemaking notice, click here and on "Wildlife Rules" or "Moose Fees.

Written comments must be received by May 14, 2007. Send to: (subject line should be "Wildlife Rules" or "Moose Fees"); or write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax (603) 271-1438.


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