Edward Robinson: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
August 31, 2007
2007-08 N.H. Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Set
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has set final season dates and bag limits for the 2007-08 waterfowl hunting season. The state's waterfowl hunting season remains very similar to last year's, with a 60-day duck season and a six-bird daily limit. As a result of input at the public meeting on August 28, the Department's season proposals were modified slightly.
Most species restrictions are similar to last year, except that the daily bag limits for scaup and canvasbacks both increase from one per day to two per day.
Fish and Game will continue split seasons for waterfowl, including 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) opens on October 3 and runs through November 4, then reopens from November 21 through December 17.
- The Coastal Zone season will open on October 4 and run through October 8, then reopen November 21, 2007, through January 14, 2008.
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). Separate HIP permits are needed in each state. Licensed hunters should call 1-800-207-6183, or go to www.nhfishandgame.com, 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.
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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