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July 29, 2009

Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set; August 19 Waterfowl Hearing

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has finalized the 2009 hunting season dates and bag limits for early season migratory game birds, with no significant changes from last year.  The 2009 seasons for these game birds are as follows:

Resident Canada geese:  The bag limit is five birds per day, statewide, during the September season, which extends from the day after Labor Day (September 8) through September 25, 2009.  New Hampshire's resident Canada goose population continues to grow and has a statewide distribution. 

Youth Waterfowl Weekend:  This year, the youth weekend falls on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27. All regular season waterfowl regulations, including bag limits, shooting hours, use of non-toxic shot, etc., apply during the youth weekend.  (For more on youth hunting in N.H., visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/youth_hunting.htm.)

Woodcock:  October 6 - November 4, 2009. Bag limit is 3 birds per day.

Snipe:  September 15 to November 4, 2009. Bag limit is 8 birds per day.

Sea ducks: October 1, 2009 - January 15, 2010. Bag limit is 7 birds per day, with no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders or 4 long-tailed ducks (oldsquaw).

Crows:  The fall crow-hunting season runs from August 15 to November 30, 2009; next spring's two-week crow season will be March 16-31, 2010.

Hunters of all migratory game birds must have a 2009 New Hampshire hunting license and are required by federal law to register for the National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). In New Hampshire, this includes all who hunt ducks, geese,
snipe, woodcock and coots.  Separate HIP permits are needed in each state.  Licensed hunters should call 1-800-207-6183, or go to the "Buy Your License Online" section of the Fish and Game website http://www.HuntNH.com, to receive a permit number (there is no charge).  This number should be written on the hunting license.  Harvest information from HIP helps Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service make more reliable estimates of the number of all migratory birds harvested.  Each year, a random selection of hunters is asked to complete a voluntary harvest survey.

Waterfowl hunters must also obtain a federal duck stamp and a New Hampshire Migratory Waterfowl hunting license.

Late-season waterfowl dates for the upcoming season in New Hampshire will be finalized after a public hearing on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H.  Overall, spring breeding conditions were favorable again this year, according to Fish and Game Waterfowl Biologist Ed Robinson.  Similar duck and goose seasons will be offered in 2009 as have been in effect in the recent past.  Duck seasons will include 60 days and a 6-bird limit, and the Canada goose season will be 60 days and a 2-bird daily bag limit.

Hunters are asked to report all banded birds by calling toll-free to 1-800-327-BAND.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will send a certificate with information about the bird.

For more information on waterfowl hunting in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_waterfowl.htm.

For more information on New Hampshire hunting season dates and regulations, or to buy licenses and permits online, visit www.HuntNH.com/Hunting/hunting.htm.

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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