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Julie Robinson: 603-868-1095
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
September 30, 2010

Hunters in the fall woods

Great Grouse and Woodcock Seasons Ahead

CONCORD, N.H. -- An exciting season is in store for ruffed grouse hunters in New Hampshire. The grouse season starts October 1 and runs through December 31. The birds enjoyed favorable nesting and hatching conditions early in the year, leading Fish and Game's Small Game biologist Julie Robinson to predict an above-average season for New Hampshire's premiere game bird.

Things are also looking good for New Hampshire's 2010 woodcock season. Woodcock are the second most sought after small game species in New Hampshire, after ruffed grouse. Woodcock had an excellent nesting period this year with the early and dry spring, and broods were seen quite early. Woodcock hunting opens October 6 and runs through November 4, 2010.

Whether you hunt for grouse, woodcock or other small game species, you can help Fish and Game collect data -- and have a chance to win a quality firearm -- by taking part in one or both of the following surveys:

Small Game Survey: This hunter survey provides Fish and Game with distribution, abundance and trend data on the state's small game populations. Just for participating, you'll be entered into a raffle for a firearm generously donated by Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. If you are a small game hunter and want to take part, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_small_game.htm for details and to download a survey form, or call 603-271-2461.

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Wing and Tail Survey: For the last five years Fish and Game has conducted a survey on harvested ruffedgrouse in northern New Hampshire. New for 2010, the wing and tail survey has been expanded throughout the ENTIRE state. Grouse wings and tails are submitted along with a survey card, providing Fish and Game with age, sex composition and distribution data on this most popular small game species. The Ruffed Grouse Society has generously donated a firearm to be raffled off to one of the survey participants. For more information, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunt_ruffed_grouse_survey.html or call 603-868-1095.

More information on small game seasons in New Hampshire, including season dates, bag limits and the "2009-2010 Small Game Harvest Summary Report" is available at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_small_game.htm.

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