Julie Robinson: (603) 868-1095
Mark Ellingwood: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
September 25, 2007
Small Game Season Opens October 1
Participate in the Small Game Survey - Win a Hunting Rifle!
CONCORD, N.H. -- Much of New Hampshire's small game hunting opens on October 1, except the woodcock season, which opens October 6, 2007. The most popular quarry for small game hunters in New Hampshire is grouse, which accounted for 61% of small game hunter hours last season, then woodcock, which accounted for 20% of hunter effort. Other small game species in New Hampshire include snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbit and gray squirrel (the gray squirrel season has been underway since September 1.). For specific small game season dates and bag limits, click here.
Annual input sent in by small game hunters for the New Hampshire Small Game Survey plays an important role in helping the N.H. Fish and Game Department biologists manage the state's wildlife populations. The survey asks hunters to report when and where they hunt and which small game species they see, providing important records on the abundance and distribution of ruffed grouse, woodcock, snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbit and gray squirrel. Each year, the results of the Small Game Survey are compiled into a New Hampshire small game summary report. All survey participants receive a copy.
To encourage participation in the survey, Fish and Game is once again giving hunters a chance to win a Sturm Ruger 10-22 RR hunting rifle, generously donated by Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. If you're a small game hunter, be sure to take part in the survey and be entered to win a rifle for next year's hunting season!
To request a small game survey form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 271-2461; or write to Wildlife Division, 11 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH, 03301. All survey forms must be completed and returned (postmarked by April 15, 2008), to be entered into the raffle.
To view the most recent (2006-2007) N.H. Small Game Summary Report, click here and on publication cover. Copies of the free report can also be picked up at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.
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