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August 28, 2008

2008-09 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 2008-09 waterfowl hunting season.  The state's waterfowl hunting season remains similar to last year's, with a 60-day duck season and a six-bird daily limit.

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 and brant) opens on October 2 and runs through November 2, then reopens from November 23 through December 20.

  • The Coastal Zone season (ducks, mergansers, coots, Canada geese and brant) will open on October 3 and run through October 12, then reopen November 23 through January 11, 2009.

There are a few noteable changes to species regulations.  Wood duck populations continue to be in good shape, and this year the daily bag limit will increase from two birds to three birds per day.  Scaup populations remain lower than desired, so the daily bag limit will be one bird per day.  The canvasback season is closed this year, as breeding numbers were nearly 50% lower than last year.  Finally, Atlantic brant numbers are up this year, so a 60-day, three-bird daily limit season will be allowed.

Hunters of all migratory game birds must have a 2008 New Hampshire hunting license, a New Hampshire Migratory Waterfowl License and a federal duck stamp.  They are also 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 and click on "Buy a License;" you can receive a permit number at this site (there is no charge).  This number should be written on the hunting license.   Each year, a random selection of hunters is asked to complete a voluntary harvest survey.

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.

If you're new to waterfowl hunting or thinking about getting started, get an introduction at a free seminar being offered by N.H. Fish and Game on Saturday, September 13, 2008, from 9 a.m. - noon at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center on Perch Pond Road in Holderness. The session will be taught by veteran waterfowler Pete Lester.  Pre-registration is required. To sign up for the workshop, call (603) 536-3954. CLICK HERE for more information.

For more information on waterfowl hunting in New Hampshire, visit

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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