Edward Robinson: (603) 271-2461
Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
August 1, 2011
Waterfowl Season Meeting Set for August 17, 2011
CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public meeting on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2011 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 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 2011 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 45.6 million birds, which is 11% higher than last year. In the eastern survey areas, weather and habitat conditions were considered good to excellent for nesting waterfowl. Federal frameworks will allow for liberal waterfowl seasons in 2011.
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 4 and run through November 6; then reopen November 23 through December 18, 2011.
- The proposed Coastal Zone waterfowl season would open on October 5 and run through October 16; then reopen November 23 through January 9, 2012.
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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