Edward Robinson: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
July 29, 2010
Waterfowl Season Meeting Set for August 18, 2010
CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public meeting on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2010 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. Comments at the meeting will be considered in finalizing New Hampshire’s 2010 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 U.S. duck population estimate from the traditional survey area in the prairies and parklands is 41 million birds, which is nearly identical to last year. In New Hampshire, weather and habitat conditions were also very good for nesting and brood rearing. Federal frameworks will allow for liberal waterfowl seasons in 2010.
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 5 and run through November 7; then reopen November 24 through December 19.
- The proposed Coastal Zone season would open on October 6 and run through October 17; then reopen November 24 through January 10, 2011.
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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