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Charles Miner Jr.: (603) 271-3511
Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
December 12, 2009

Hunters and Anglers: Thank a Landowner Today

CONCORD, N.H. - The holiday season is an important time to extend thanks to landowners who maintain access for outdoor recreation on their properties, reminds Charles Miner Jr., Landowner Relations Program Administrator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

"As another year comes to a close and our hunting and fishing adventures become memories, it's time for us to remember the landowners who through their generosity helped to make these experiences possible," said Miner.  "Access to hunt and fish is a privilege provided by landowners. Let them know you appreciate it."   

Miner suggests the following points for hunters and anglers to keep in mind when thanking those who allow access their property for outdoor recreation:

  • Be thoughtful and personal in expressing your appreciation, always treating the landowner as you would like to be treated.  If you are mentoring a young hunter or angler, include the youngster in the process of thanking the landowner.
  • Visit the landowner at the end of the season to express your appreciation in person; if possible, provide them with some of your harvest.
  • Offer to assist with tasks around their property they may need help with.
  • Send a personal note or holiday card to the landowner, thanking them for the opportunity to access their land.
  • Assist them in protecting their property through documenting and reporting suspicious activities.
  • Offer to walk their property to identify, clean up and properly dispose of any illegal dumping that has occurred.
  • As a token of your appreciation, you may wish to give a small gift -- a gift certificate to a local restaurant, a gift basket or something from Fish and Game's line of merchandise, such as a 2009 wildlife calendar.

"Hunting and fishing are New Hampshire traditions that will only continue if we all follow the basic principles of being a good neighbor," Miner said. "Take a few moments to reflect on our hunting and fishing traditions, the importance of access to private lands in maintaining these traditions, and what you can do in 2009 to ensure that these traditions will available for future generations."

Fish and Game's Landowner Relations Program is funded through private contributions.  If you are interested in helping the program, make a Wildlife Legacy donation when purchasing your license, or mail a contribution to the Landowner Relations Program, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord NH 03301. Your support will help to provide access for present and future generations of hunters and anglers.

For further information or to become involved with the N.H. Fish and Game's Landowner Relations Program, please contact Charles Miner Jr. at 603-271-3511 or access@wildlife.nh.gov.

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

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