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Charles Miner, 603-271-1138
Jane Vachon, 603-271-3211
May 17, 2011

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Help Maintain Angling Access: Tips for Anglers on Good Landowner Relations

CONCORD, N.H. -- Fishing is a New Hampshire tradition, one that those in the angling community want to pass on to future generations. With greater than 70% of New Hampshire’s land under private ownership, much of the state's shoreline and stream fishing access is on private property.  Anglers are reminded that access to private land is a privilege provided through the generosity of landowners. 

"There's no question that practicing positive landowner relations is the key to maintaining access for present and future generations of anglers," said Charles Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Miner offers the following tips for anglers working to foster good landowner relations:

Ask first: Get permission, whether the land that you would like to access the water from is posted or not, as it is respectful of the landowner. The owner can easily be identified through tax maps, which you can find at the local town hall or municipal office. 

Before fishing:  Ask the landowner where you should park, and if there are any areas or times that they would prefer you not fish.  If the landowner grants permission, understand clearly where you can and cannot drive or park your vehicle. Always ask the landowner for permission if you want to clear a trail, cut any trees, limbs, or brush.

Don't forget: Written landowner permission is required to operate any Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle, including trucks, cars and all-terrain vehicles, on private property.

While fishing: Remember that you are the guest of the landowner. Treat their property with the same care and respect that you would if it were your own.  Never park on lawns, or block driveways, roadways, trails, crossings or gates. Always leave gates or other barriers the way you found them.  Do not walk through crops without permission. 

Clean up!  Do not clean fish in and around waterbodies, especially when the area that you are fishing is in the landowner’s back yard.  Always carry out all trash.  Express your appreciation to the landowner by cleaning up any trash or debris that you find.

After the Trip: Remember that access was a privilege granted to you through the generosity of the landowner sharing their land with you.  Make every effort to express your appreciation and offer to assist with tasks that the landowner needs help with. Write them a note, or visit the landowner to express your appreciation and provide them with a few fresh filets.

"Access is one of the greatest challenges facing New Hampshire anglers and a significant threat to the future of the sport," said Miner.  "Remember that through your actions, you represent all anglers.  Be the best ambassador of fishing that you can be."

Further information on how anglers can help maintain positive landowner relations can be found at www.wildnh.com/Fishing/anglers_landowner_relations.htm.

To learn more about N.H. Fish and Game's Landowner Relations Program, visit www.wildnh.com/landshare, call Charles Miner at 603-271-3511 or email access@wildlife.nh.gov.

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