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      Charles Miner Jr.: (603) 271-3511
      Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211 
      December 9, 2009

Hunters and Anglers:  Thank a Landowner Today

CONCORD, N.H. – The holiday season is an important time to extend thanks to landowners who share their land with you. 

"As another year of hunting and fishing adventures comes to a close, be sure to let landowners know you appreciate their allowing access to hunt and fish on their property," says Charles Miner Jr., Landowner Relations Program Administrator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  "In many cases, their generosity makes these experiences possible."

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 that they may need help with.

  • Send a personal note or holiday card to the landowner, thanking them for the opportunity to access their land.

  • Help them protect 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, or something from Fish and Game’s line of official merchandise, such as a 2010 N.H. Fish & Wildlife calendar, available online at www.shopwildnh.com.

“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 the coming year to ensure that these traditions will available for future generations.”

Fish and Game’s Landowner Relations Program, funded through private contributions, works in partnership with landowners, hunters and anglers to identify problems landowners experience in providing access and work proactively to address them.  Find out more about the program at http://wildnh.com/landshare.

You can contribute to the Landowner Relations Program by making a Wildlife Legacy donation when purchasing your license, or visit http://wildnh.com/landshare for a print-and-mail donation form.  Your support will help to provide access for present and future generations of hunters and anglers.

For more information or to volunteer 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.  Visit www.WildNH.com.

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