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May 31, 2011

Woodcock
Woodcock, by Richard Baetson, FWS photo

Public Hearing June 15, 2011, on Proposed 45-day Woodcock Season

CONCORD, N.H. -- A public hearing on a proposed 45-day hunting season for woodcock in New Hampshire will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

The proposed 45-day woodcock season would run from October 1 through November 14, 2011. The bag limit would remain 3 birds per day. The snipe season (which begins on September 15) would be extended to end on November 14 with the woodcock season.

The proposal is part of a new Woodcock Harvest Strategy developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the Central, Mississippi and Atlantic Flyway states, which is being put in place for the 2011 hunting season. The strategy, which took three years to complete, is based on biology and hunting pressure. Woodcock breeding data will continue to be the basis for determining woodcock hunting frameworks. The new frameworks are the same for both the Central Management Unit and the Eastern Management Unit, of which New Hampshire is a part. Based on breeding data analysis, a 45-day, 3-bird/day hunting season will be offered to states in both of these management units for the 2011 hunting season.

There are no proposed changes in hunting seasons for crows, sea ducks, September Canada geese or the youth waterfowl hunting weekend.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve manage and protect the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.  Visit www.huntnh.com

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