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Liza Poinier - Fish and Game - (603) 271-1734
Tai Freligh - Travel and Tourism - (603) 271-2665
October 20, 2008

Hunt NH and Save!  The Bucks Stop Here With New Money-Saving Campaign

CONCORD, NH -- New Hampshire hotels and B&Bs, restaurants, attractions and stores are here to help hunters save on their trips this fall! In partnership with the NH Division of Travel and Tourism (DTTD), the NH Fish and Game Department is collecting money-saving deals and posting them at www.HuntNH.com/save -- just in time for hunters and other post-foliage travelers to the Granite State.

The offers at www.HuntNH.com/save -- including discounts on lodging, restaurants, shopping, and guided hunts -- make New Hampshire the perfect choice for a weeklong hunting adventure or a weekend getaway. 

Now through early December is prime hunting time in New Hampshire -- long known as a hunter-friendly state.  The state contains more than a million acres of public lands open to hunting, all of it within an easy drive of surrounding states.  You can even hunt on Sundays.  Firearms season for deer -- by far the most popular hunting season in New Hampshire -- starts November 12.  Muzzleloader season starts earlier, on November 1 in most of the state; and archery season for deer has been ongoing since September 15.  If you haven't been scouting yet, now's a perfect time to get outside, scope out some prime terrain and get ready for your hunt.

In these lean times, some have pointed out that hunting is an economical form of recreation -- with the added potential of providing fresh, "free range" meat for the dinner table.  "You hear about 'eating local,' well, meat doesn't get more local than if it's from the forest in your town," said Fish and Game's Mark Beauchesne.  "Besides, hunting is a great way to get some fresh air and spend time with your kids or your friends.  If you're a hunter, you probably already own the equipment you need.  Now you just need to take back your weekend.  Get your chores done during the week, call your hunting buddies, pack your gear and go!"

"Hunt NH and Save" builds on the huge success of DTTD's "New Hampshire Goes 'Green' with Gas and Money Saving Deals" promotion, with the added goal of inviting more hunters into New Hampshire during the shoulder season, and giving resident hunters an extra incentive to take a mini-vacation in their own backyard.  Hunting is big business here, with 61,000 hunters spending $83 million a year on hunting and hunting-related travel in New Hampshire. Business owners who want to offer a hunter-friendly deal on the page at www.HuntNH.com/save can still get in on the action -- contact Liza Poinier at NH Fish and Game, liza.poinier@wildlife.nh.gov.

NH Fish and Game "Hunt NH and Save" - www.HuntNH.com/save
NH Division of Travel and Tourism - www.visitnh.com

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HUNT NH AND SAVE OFFERS AVAILABLE AS OF 10/20/08 -- from www.HuntNH.com/save

In Dummer, Great Northern Moose Lodge offers a "Hunter's room rate rollback," Oct. 27 - Dec. 15, 2008. Book a stay for one or more hunters and get last year's room rates, a $10 savings per night - Single-occupancy rooms are $40/night; double-occupancy rooms are $75/night. NH rooms tax not included in room rates. Book for seven or more nights at regular rates and the eighth night will be compliments of the Lodge, over a week of hunting in some of the most productive WMUs in the entire state. Guests must possess a valid NH hunting license. Offer valid only for stays between October 27 and December 15, 2008. Visit www.greatnorthernmoose.com.

In Weirs Beach and Meredith, book a guided hunting tour with Cool Water Charters or New Hampshire Guide Services and save 25% off midweek and 10% off on the weekends at Lazy E Motor Inn, Bear Tree Lodge or the Lakeside Get-A-Way. Receive discount coupons to area restaurants and relax next to our outdoor firepit and share your favorite stories with others after you return from your hunt. If hunting on your own without a guide, enjoy the same discounts with stays of 2 nights or more. Visit www.nh-vacations.com or call (603) 366-4003.

In Weirs Beach, the Cedar Lodge Resort is offering "buy two nights, get one night free" -- including weekends. Hunters stay 3 nights for the price of 2, and there's no extra per-person charge. Cedar Lodge's 2BR suites can accommodate up to 10 people. Call 1-800-366-4883 or email us at cedarlodgenh@yahoo.com.

In Laconia, at T-BONES or Cactus Jack's, show your NH Hunting License and receive $10 off the purchase of two entrees. We're at 1182 Union Avenue, overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee! Not valid with any other offer except Payback$. Info: www.t-bones.com; Call-ahead seating: (603) 528-7800.

In Tilton, show your NH Hunting License and save at Tanger Outlets. Simply show your Hunting License at the Tanger Outlet Center - Tilton customer service center or management office and receive a savings book worth hundreds in bonus discounts from participating Tanger stores (over $350 in additional savings) Expires 12/31/08. Visit www.tangeroutlet.com/tilton or call (603) 286-7880.

Hunters Welcome! In Campton, the Campton Inn offers many amenities for hunters, with rates from $85. The Campton Inn is a 1836 Farmhouse B&B, offering 5 bedrooms -- one with bath ensuite and four that share 2 baths. A full country breakfast is served each morning at your convenience, early morning (as early as 4:30) breakfast can be arranged with notice. Dinner can also be ordered (not included in room rate; must order at least seven (7) days in advance of stay). Rates from $85.00 to $115.00 double occupancy and an even better deal if you take the entire Inn! Dogs welcome for just $10 per dog per stay (NOT per night). Rate includes breakfast, a fresh baked goodie in your room upon check-in, hand-ironed bed linens and an afternoon light snack. Visit www.camptonbb.com or call Carol at (603) 726-4449.

In the White Mountains and North Conway, www.hospitalitymaps.com offers maps and coupons for shopping, food and attractions.

The list of deals will be updated regularly at www.HuntNH.com/save.


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