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January 7, 2009

Hearing on Wildlife Damage and Miscellaneous Fish and Game Rules Set for January 13, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. -- As required by state law, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing to readopt the following specific rules on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

Relative to wildlife damage, Fish and Game proposes to: 

  • readopt with no changes Fis 304.01, 304.03 through 304.05 relative to wildlife damage general requirements, pre-damage deer kill permits and wildlife depredation permits;

  • readopt with amendment Fis 304.02 to decrease the pounds of pull required for bows used in the taking of moose to make the requirement consistent with requirements elsewhere in the moose rules;

  • readopt with amendment Fis 304.06 to include more specific information about fence site ownership and location; and to increase the minimum lease requirement from 5 to 10 years for 6-8 foot woven wire fence designs; and to change deadlines for document submissions from May 30 to April 1 as a result a previous change in statutory deadlines.

The Department also proposes to:

  • readopt without changes Fis 303.11, previously effective and expired, relative to exempting furbearer species (except fisher and otter) from the requirement to seal;

  • readopt Fis 305.02 relative to bear dogs.  This rule had expired and was recently adopted by interim rule.

In addition, Fis 402.07 (a)(3)b. would be amended to strike the word "approximately" from a description of a fishway closure.

The complete rulemaking notice forms, with original and proposed rule language, may be found at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm.

Written comments on the proposed changes may be submitted by January 23, 2009.  E-mail to comments@wildlife.nh.gov (reference "Comment on Wildlife Rules" in subject line); fax to (603) 271-1438; or mail to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

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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