CONTACT:
Julie Robinson: (603) 868-1095
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
September 30, 2009

Small Game, Grouse Seasons Open October 1;
Take Part in the Small Game, Ruffed Grouse Surveys; You Could Win a Gun!

CONCORD, N.H. -- Small game and grouse seasons get underway in New Hampshire October 1.  If you hunt ruffed grouse, woodcock, rabbits, hares or squirrel, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department needs your help for two surveys it is conducting this fall.  Just for taking part, you'll have a chance to win a quality firearm.

First, there's the annual Small Game Survey.  It's easy to take part.  The survey asks hunters to report when and where they hunt and which small game species they see when they're out in the field, helping Fish and Game track the abundance and distribution of small game species.  Hunters who fill in the Small Game Survey form and return it to Fish and Game by April 23, 2010, will be entered into a raffle for a hunting rifle donated by Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., to encourage participation the survey. To get a survey form, call (603) 271-2461 or email wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov. 

"Thanks to all the hunters who took time to fill in and submit last year's survey, and to Sturm Ruger for providing such great incentives to help us build participation," said Wildlife Biologist Julie Robinson. "This effort is giving us much better data on small game abundance and distribution in New Hampshire, which helps us manage the species. The more responses we get, the better our information is!"

The second survey seeks information from North Country ruffed grouse hunters this fall. New Hampshire Fish and Game is asking grouse hunters who hunt north of Route 112 (the Kancamagus Highway) to take part in a Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail Survey that will provide important information for managing the species.  As an incentive to boost participation, the Merrimack Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society has donated a quality shotgun to be raffled off among those who turn in completed and useable grouse study survey packets.  The drawing will take place after the close of the ruffed grouse season.

Hunters can pick up grouse sample packets, which include envelopes and survey cards for two grouse samples, at one of the locations listed below.  Completed packets must be returned to one of the same locations.  Participating grouse hunters are asked to remove all tissue from wing and tail samples and to let them dry completely before placing the samples in the envelopes.  Hunters are reminded NOT to place the samples in plastic of any kind.  Hunters should place only one wing and tail in each envelope with the corresponding completed survey card.  Sample packets can be picked up and dropped off at these locations:

* N.H. Fish and Game Department, Region 1 Office, Lancaster, NH
* Yesterday's Country Store, 1156 West Milan Road, Milan, NH
* Wildcat Service Station, Jackson, NH
* Errol General Store, 76 Main Street, Errol, NH
* Young's General Store, 2792 North Main Street, Pittsburg, NH
* Lopstick Lodge, 1st Connecticut Lake, Pittsburg, NH
* Tall Timber Lodge, 609 Beach Road, Pittsburg, NH
* North Stratford Market, 77 Main Street, North Stratford, NH

Questions about either the Small Game or the Ruffed Grouse surveys should be directed to Julie Robinson, Fish and Game Small Game Project Leader, at (603) 868-1095.

For more information on grouse and other small game hunting in New Hampshire, including a link to the 2008-2009 N.H. Small Game Summary Report, visit www.HuntNH.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_small_game.htm.

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