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August 19, 2011

2011-2012 N.H. Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Set

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has set final season dates and bag limits for the 2011-12 waterfowl hunting season. After considering comments from sportsmen at the August 17 public meeting, the state's waterfowl hunting season remains similar to last year's, with a 60-day duck season and a six-bird daily limit, and a 60-day Canada goose season with a 2-bird daily limit.

Fish and Game will continue split seasons for waterfowl, including both ducks and Canada geese, in both inland and coastal zones to allow early and late hunting opportunities:

The Inland Zone waterfowl season (ducks, mergansers, coots and Canada geese) opens on October 4 and runs through November 6, then reopens from November 23 through December 18.

The Coastal Zone waterfowl season (ducks, mergansers, coots and Canada geese) will open on October 5 and run through October 16, then reopen November 23 through January 9, 2012. 
To hunt waterfowl in New Hampshire, you must have a New Hampshire hunting license, a New Hampshire Migratory Waterfowl License and a federal duck stamp. You also are required by federal law to register for the National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). Separate HIP permits are needed in each state you hunt. Licensed hunters should call 1-800-207-6183, or go to and click on "Buy a LicenseOnline"; you can receive a permit number at this site (there is no charge). Write the permit number on your hunting license. Each year, a random selection of hunters is asked to complete a voluntary harvest survey.

Hunters are asked to report all banded birds using the toll-free phone number, 1-800-327-BAND or go to

Waterfowlers can pick up some tactics for hunting resident Canada geese in New Hampshire at a free talk by Ray Jackson and Jay Levasseur on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

For more information on waterfowl hunting in New Hampshire, visit

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

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