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      May 3, 2011

May 3 Named Bernard “Buck” Corson Day in N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. -- Governor John Lynch and the Executive Council have honored Contoocook resident Buck Corson, former Director and 30-year employee of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, by declaring May 3, 2011, the first day of turkey hunting season in New Hampshire, as Bernard “Buck” Corson Day. He served at the Department from 1947 to 1977.

Under Buck Corson’s leadership as Director of the Fish and Game Department, many significant and innovative programs were developed, including New Hampshire's hunter education program, recognized as one of the top 10 courses in North America.  During his tenure, "New Hampshire Natural Resources Magazine" was first published (known today as "New Hampshire Wildlife Journal"); the construction of the Milford Hatchery was completed; the Wild Turkey restoration program was created; helicopters were first used to stock remote ponds with trout; and the Department’s Conservation Officers were organized into six districts around the state.

The proclamation concludes with recognition of Director Corson’s 30 years of faithful, dedicated and exemplary service to the State of New Hampshire.

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