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      September 29, 2011

Pheasant Hunting Access at Mascoma WMA (Canaan) Restricted to North of River

CONCORD, N.H. – With the October 1 start of pheasant hunting season, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department alerts pheasant hunters that the southern portion of the Mascoma Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Canaan will not be accessible this year via the culvert and road that is typically used to cross the Mascoma River.

Foot access to the southern part of Mascoma Wildlife Management Area has been restricted by removal of the culvert which bridged the Mascoma River.  The culvert was significantly undersized, leading to severe riverbank erosion and deterring passage of fish and other aquatic organisms.  The culvert removal was funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program.

Once the restored riverbank has stabilized, and if additional funding for the project can be secured, Fish and Game plans to restore public access with a new bridge.  In the meantime, Fish and Game advises hunters to please avoid the stream bank restoration footprint when crossing by canoe or wading to minimize impacts to the restoration site.

Pheasant will continue to be stocked on the Mascoma WMA on the north side of the river.

Hunters are encouraged to visit Fish and Game's pheasant-hunting web page at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_pheasant.htm to find additional locations to hunt in the area.

Pheasant hunting in New Hampshire takes place from October 1 through December 31.

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