Edward Robinson: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
August 4, 2009
Waterfowl Season Meeting Set for August 19
CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public meeting on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2009 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m., at Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord. Comments at the meeting will be considered in finalizing New Hampshire's 2009 waterfowl season dates.
"Overall, spring breeding conditions for waterfowl were favorable again this year," said Edward Robinson, N.H. Fish and Game's waterfowl biologist. This year's total duck population estimate from the traditional survey area in the prairies and parklands is 42 million birds, which is up 13% from last year and 25% above the long-term average, according to Robinson. Federal frameworks will allow for liberal waterfowl seasons in 2009.
New Hampshire's proposed waterfowl season is very much like last year's. N.H. Fish and Game is proposing a 60-day duck season with a 6-bird daily limit, and a 60-day Canada goose season with a 2-bird daily limit. Fish and Game also recommends continuing split seasons, including both ducks and Canada geese, in both the inland and coastal zones to allow early and late hunting opportunities:
- The proposed Inland Zone waterfowl season (ducks, mergansers, coots, Canada geese) would open on October 6 and run through November 15; then reopen November 25 through December 13.
- The proposed Coastal Zone season would open on October 7 and run through October 18; then reopen November 25 through January 11, 2010.
For more information on waterfowl hunting in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_waterfowl.htm.
As the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats. Visit www.HuntNH.com.
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