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August 31, 2007    

Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has announced 2007 hunting season dates and bag limits for early season migratory game birds, with few changes from last year.

Of note for this fall, the opening date for New Hampshire's woodcock season has been changed to October 6, which is five days later than in the past.  This will allow hunting opportunities in early November, when migrant woodcock are still in the state.

The 2007-08 seasons for these birds are as follows:

  • Resident Canada geese:  The bag limit is five birds per day during the September season, which extends from the day after Labor Day (September 4) through September 25.  As was true last year, New Hampshire's resident Canada goose population continues to grow and has a statewide distribution.
  • Crows:  The fall crow-hunting season runs from August 15 to November 30.  Next spring's two-week crow season will be March 16-31, 2008.

  • Sea ducks:  The sea duck season will run from October 1, 2007 - January 15, 2008; the bag limit is a total of 7 birds per day, with no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders or 4 long-tailed ducks (formerly "oldsquaw").
  • Woodcock:  October 6 - November 4; bag limit is 3 birds per day. 

  • Common snipe:  Sept. 15 - November 4; bag limit is 8 birds per day.

  • Youth waterfowl weekend:  Last weekend in September (Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2007).  All regular season waterfowl regulations, including bag limits, shooting hours, use of non-toxic shot, etc., apply during the youth weekend.

Hunters of all migratory game birds must have a 2007 New Hampshire hunting license and are required by federal law to register for the National Migratory Bird Harvest

Information Program (HIP). In New Hampshire, this includes all who hunt ducks, geese, snipe, woodcock and coots.  Separate HIP permits are needed in each state.  Licensed hunters should call 1-800-207-6183, or go to the "Buy Your License Online" section of the Fish and Game website, 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.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. 

For more information on New Hampshire hunting season dates and regulations, click here.

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