Charles Miner Jr.: 603-271-3511
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
December 2, 2011
Hunters and Anglers: Thank a Landowner Today
CONCORD, N.H. – If you're a hunter or angler, the holiday season is an important time to extend thanks to landowners who share access to their land, says Charles Miner Jr., who heads up the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Landowner Relations Program.
"The generosity of landowners often makes outdoor experiences possible, especially in a state like New Hampshire with more than 70% of land under private ownership," says Miner. "It really makes a difference when you take the time to let landowners know you appreciate their allowing access to hunt and fish on their property."
A few ways to say thanks to landowners:
- Visit the landowner at the end of the season to express your appreciation, and, if possible, provide them with some of your harvest.
- Send a personal note or holiday card to the landowner, thanking them for sharing their land.
- Send a gift basket, N.H. Fish & Wildlife Calendar, or gift certificate to a local restaurant.
- Help them protect their property by documenting and reporting suspicious activities.
- Offer to help with outdoor tasks, or to clean up and properly dispose of illegally dumped materials left on their property.
If you are mentoring a young hunter or angler, be sure to include them in thanking the landowner – it's a great lesson for them to learn!
Remember – the tradition of hunting in New Hampshire will only continue if we all follow the basic principle of landowner relations: Treat the landowner as you would like to be treated and treat their land as you would like yours to be treated.
Fish and Game’s Landowner Relations Program works in partnership with landowners, hunters and anglers to identify problems landowners experience in providing access, and work proactively to address them. As the foundation of the Landowner Relations Program’s efforts to work with landowners who provide access for hunting, Operation Land Share provides direct assistance to landowners to resolve issues resulting from sharing their land. Landowner Relations Program efforts are funded through generous donations, sponsorships and grants. If you'd like to help, or to learn more about the program, visit www.wildnh.com/landshare. Your support will help to provide access for present and future generations of hunters and anglers.