Karen Bordeau: (603) 744-5470
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
September 30, 2010
Pheasant Season Opens October 1
CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire's hunting season for pheasant gets underway on October 1 and continues through December 31. This year, N.H. Fish and Game will release 13,500 pheasants, purchased exclusively with revenues from the sale of pheasant licenses, at 75 stocking sites in 48 towns.
The birds will be distributed over three full stockings at all sites, generally on Thursdays and Fridays to maximize weekend hunting opportunities. Selected larger sites receive an additional stocking during the first and last weeks of October.
“Most of the pheasant release sites are on private lands, stocked with landowner permission and available to sportsmen only because of their cooperation,” said Fish and Game Pheasant Project Leader Karen Bordeau. “Please respect the property of these landowners, who make our pheasant-hunting tradition possible, by following all safety guidelines and by hunting courteously. Take the time to thank them for their generosity.”
The list of towns to be stocked (including road names) can be seen on the Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_pheasant.htm; printed lists are also available at Fish and Game headquarters and regional offices. Note that the former pheasant release site in Seabrook is closed this year because of a construction project, but is expected to reopen next year. Likewise, the boat ramp release site on Route 12A in Claremont will not be a stocking site for the 2010 season.
Pheasant hunters must purchase a $26 pheasant license, in addition to the regular New Hampshire hunting license or non-resident N.H. small game license. The fee increased to $26 this year because in 2009, pheasant license revenues did not cover the full cost of the stocked birds. At a public hearing, pheasant hunters strongly supported the option of increasing the fee rather than reducing the number of birds stocked. The increased fee is expected to sustain the program at its current level well into the future. Licenses can be purchased at www.huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent.
All pheasant hunters are urged to follow these basic safety guidelines:
- Wear hunter orange on your head, back and chest.
- Control your firearm muzzle at all times.
- Always wear safety glasses.
- Know where your hunting partners are at all times.
- Shoot only within your zone of fire.
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
- Always keep your hunting dog under control.
For more information on pheasant hunting in New Hampshire, including online license and permit sales, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_pheasant.htm.
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