This section of the website contains selected past news releases from Fish and Game dating from 2004 and 2005.

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Partnership Set to Transfer 12 Great Bay Parcels to N.H. Fish and Game
December 21, 2005 - In a sign of successful conservation around New Hampshire's Great Bay, a dozen tracts of land - totaling 806 acres - will be transferred next month from The Nature Conservancy to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

New for 2006: Some Fishing Rules Change on January 1
December 20, 2005 -- Outdoor enthusiasts are getting excited about ice fishing, but before you head out to drill your holes and set your tip-ups, familiarize yourself with new fishing rules that become effective January 1, 2006.

2006 Fishing and Hunting Licenses Now Available
December 16, 2005 -- 2006 fishing and hunting licenses are now available; get yours today and be ready to enjoy a full year of outdoor adventure in the Granite State, from winter ice-fishing to April trout fishing to tracking whitetails next fall.

Sale of Certain Lead Fishing Tackle Banned as of January 1
December 14, 2005 -- The sale of certain sizes of lead sinkers and jigs -- sinkers weighing one ounce or less and jigs less than one inch long - will be banned throughout the state of New Hampshire starting January 1, 2006.

WILD Gifts for the Hunter or Angler
December 9, 2005 -- Looking for something WILD to give that hunter, angler or outdoor enthusiast on your list? Make a hit this year by giving a gift certificate for a fishing or hunting license good for all next year, or choose another wildlife gift from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Proposed Rule Would Prohibit Feeding of Nuisance Bears
December 8, 2005 -- A proposed rule would prohibit the purposeful or inadvertent feeding of black bears when it is determined that the feeding increases the likelihood of human injury or property damage. A public hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. on December 21 at Fish and Game headquarters.

Sign Up for Winter Outdoors-Woman Workshop
December 5, 2005-- Registration is now open for the winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop coming in February, a chance for women to learn skills for spending enjoyable time outdoors with friends and family. Sign up soon!

Calling Young Artists: Enter the 2006 Junior Duck Stamp Contest
December 2, 2005 -- Young New Hampshire artists, kindergarten through grade 12, are invited to submit original artwork depicting North American waterfowl to the N.H. Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2006.

Dec. 6 Public Hearing on Lobster Trap Limit Proposal
December 1, 2005 -- A proposal to limit future limited commercial lobster licenses to 100 traps will be discussed at a public hearing on December 6 at 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center at 45 Elwyn Road in Portsmouth.

Commission Seeks Nominations for Awards of Excellence
November 29, 2005 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Commission is seeking nominations for its new Awards of Excellence program to recognize outstanding achievements in furthering the Fish and Game Department's mission.

Hunters -- You Can Help the Hungry
November 21, 2005 -- If you've had a successful hunting season and your freezer is full of meat, help the less fortunate by donating meat to the "Hunt for the Hungry" program coordinated by the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester.

2005 N.H. Deer Season Update
November 16, 2005 -- As of November 13, New Hampshire's hunters had registered 7,366 deer statewide, or about 4% above the 2004 total of 7,101 at this point in the season.

Public Hearing on Proposed OHRV Rule Updates
November 10, 2005 -- Amendments and updates to rules governing the use of Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles (OHRV) will be the topic of a public hearing on November 18 at 10 a.m. at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

Search Underway for Missing Hunter in Warren
November 10, 2005 -- N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers began searching this morning for missing hunter Michael J. Young, of Boscawen, age 41. Young arrived in Warren to hunt on November 9, and was reported missing November 10.

CWD Monitoring Identifies Illegal Importation of Deer from New York State
Deer Confiscated; Hunters Reminded to Keep N.H. CWD-Free

November 9, 2005 -- Officials from N.H. Fish and Game announced today that two hunters have been cited for illegally importing whole deer from New York State, a state where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected.

Yours If You Move It: Historic Greenland Cabin Available
November 8, 2005 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department is offering an historic cabin in Greenland free to an individual or group willing to move it to a new location and agree to maintain its historic nature.

Regular Firearms Season for Deer Starts November 9
November 4, 2005 -- November 9 is opening day for regular firearms deer hunting in New Hampshire, ushering in the season most hunters look forward to all year.

New NH Wildlife Action Plan is Blueprint to Keep Species from Becoming Endangered
November 2, 2005 -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton today announced that wildlife agencies from all 50 states and six U.S. territories have submitted Wildlife Action Plans for approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, establishing a nationwide blueprint to conserve imperiled species so they don't become threatened or endangered. This announcement includes the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan, which is now available for viewing on Fish and Game's web site.

Shrimp Season to Be Set at Nov. 8 Public Hearing
November 2, 2005 -- The 2006 shrimp season will be set at a public hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Northern Shrimp Section from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 8, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine.

Where Can I Hunt and Shoot in New Hampshire?
October 31, 2005 -- For those new to hunting or looking for a new area to explore, help is a mouse click away at the N.H. Fish and Game website, which has several good resources to help you find places to hunt and target shoot.

NH Fish and Game to Close Vehicle Maintenance Facility
October 28, 2005 -- In a cost-cutting move following an in-depth review and analysis of operations over the last few months, Executive Director Lee Perry announced his intent today to close the N.H. Fish and Game Department's vehicle fleet maintenance facility effective December 8, 2005.

Sign Up for Snowmobile Safety Class
October 27, 2005 -- Winter fun is right around the corner, and now is the time to get in on free snowmobile education classes offered across the state. Most classes are offered in November and December, with a few in early January.

Fish and Game to Hold Biennial Public Hearings
October 27, 2005 -- Offer your input on any aspect of Fish and Game operations at two upcoming biennial hearings: November 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; or December 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Fish and Game's Region 1 Office at 629B Main Street in Lancaster.

2005 Moose Hunt a Success
October 26, 2005 -- Despite some wild weather, New Hampshire's 2005 moose season was a success, with preliminary figures showing that hunters took a total of 408 moose, for a statewide success rate of 77.6 percent.

Hunt for the Hungry
October 25, 2005-- New Hampshire's hunters can help the less fortunate by sharing their fall harvest with the "Hunt for the Hungry" program. The N.H. Food Bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 270 food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters statewide.

See Biologists in Action at "Salmon Sunday"
October 24, 2005 -- Bring the kids and find out everything you wanted to know about fish and fisheries at New Hampshire Fish and Game's annual event, "Salmon Sunday," at Pope Dam in Melvin Village on November 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Moose Hunt Update: Half of Moose Hunters Successful So Far
October 20, 2005 -- As of October 19, a total of 295 moose had been taken in the 2005 New Hampshire moose hunt (211 bulls and 84 cows), meaning 56 percent of hunters holding moose permits had succeeded.

Make Blaze Orange Your Fashion Statement
October 20, 2005 -- Whether you're a hunter, hiker or walking the dog in rural areas, it's a good idea to put on an item of highly visible blaze orange clothing when you're out enjoying the great outdoors this time of year.

Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 25% Success
October 17, 2005 -- Rainy, windy weather made for a slow opening weekend for the 18th annual New Hampshire moose hunt. So far, a little more than a fourth of the state's moose hunters have hit their mark. On Saturday and Sunday, a total of 133 moose were taken by moose hunters statewide.

Hunter Ed "Procrastinators Class" -- Oct. 26-30 in Concord
October 14, 2005 -- Would-be hunters: Don't dawdle! You can still squeeze in a Hunter Education course and get licensed to hunt this fall in New Hampshire. A Hunter Ed Procrastinators Class has been scheduled for late October at New Hampshire Fish and Game's office in Concord.

Fish and Game Commission October Meeting Changed to Holderness
October 14, 2005 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Commission will hold its monthly meeting on October 19 at 1 p.m. at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

Public Hearing on Proposed Moose Lottery Application Changes
October 12, 2005 -- N.H. Fish and Game has proposed slight changes in the regulations for the moose lottery application process and will hold a public hearing on November 1, at 10 a.m. at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

N.H. Moose Hunt Is Oct. 15 - 23
October 11, 2005 -- For nine days from October 15 to 23, a lucky 525 permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire's 18th annual moose hunt.

2005 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend Is Oct. 22-23
October 7, 2005 -- Aspiring young deer hunters will have a shot at success the weekend of October 22-23 in New Hampshire's special youth deer hunt.

Wildlife Action Grants Available for Teachers
October 6, 2005 -- Teachers interested in starting wildlife habitat projects can apply to the Homes for Wildlife Action Grant Program at N.H. Fish and Game for start-up fs mini-grants. The deadline for submitting proposals is November 15, 2005.

Have Fun on the Trails, and hikeSafe
October 6, 2005 -- Though it's only October, hikers may experience winter conditions in the mountains -- high winds and snow -- even when it is warm and sunny in the valley.

Get Into New Hampshire's Great Outdoors on WILDLIFE JOURNAL TV Series; Fourth Season Premieres Thursday, October 6 @ 9 p.m.
October 5, 2005
-- Come face-to-face with wild things; meet fascinating outdoor experts; and explore New Hampshire's most remote and pristine places when the award-winning Wildlife Journal television series kicks off its fourth season Thursday, October 6, 2005 @ 9 p.m.

Brake for Moose -- It Could Save Your Life!
October 5, 2005 -- Wildlife officials from N.H. Fish and Game remind motorists to take extra care while traveling Granite State roadways at this time of year, because moose are on the move looking for mates.

Public Information Meeting on Gonic and Gonic Sawmill Dams
October 5, 2005 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the N.H. Department of Environmental Services will hold a public meeting on October 13, 2005, at 7:00 pm, in the Gonic Mill Building at 10 Main Street, Gonic, N.H., to discuss the options considered in restoring the Cocheco River with a focus on the Gonic and Gonic Sawmill Dams.

Pheasant Season Opens Saturday, October 1
September 29, 2005 -- With the October 1 start of the 2005 pheasant hunting season come a handful of changes to the pheasant stocking program.

Brood Stock Atlantic Salmon Offer Exciting Fall Fishing
September 23, 2005 -- This fall, N.H. Fish and Game will stock the Merrimack and Pemigewasset rivers with big salmon for anglers to fish for -- about 500 brood stock Atlantic salmon weighing from 3 to 8 pounds each. Expect some great fishing by the first week in October, as the fall stocking will take place very soon.

A message from NH Fish and Game Director Lee E. Perry
Recent news reports have suggested that the N.H. Fish and Game Department may soon be asking the Legislature to increase recreational fees in order to avoid a fiscal crisis. In fact, no decisions have been made, nor has a formal proposal along these lines been prepared. This message provides a status report on our efforts to find a way to fund continued protection and enjoyment of New Hampshire's outdoors and its diverse wildlife populations.

New Hampshire Marine Biologist Doug Grout Honored by ASMFC
September 21, 2005 -- N.H. Fish and Game Marine Biologist Douglas Grout, a resident of Lee, is among those honored by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) as longstanding contributors to the success of fisheries management.

Online Sales of Hunting and Fishing Licenses Tops $l Million
September 19, 2005 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's online sales of licenses and permits for 2005 has topped a million dollars, a first for the Department.

Atlantic Herring Harvesters Notified of Spawning Closure
September 19, 2005 -- Herring fishermen and dealers should be aware that herring spawning areas within the jurisdiction of New Hampshire will be closed from 1:00 a.m. on September 21 through 1:00 a.m. on October 20, 2005.

Study Group Looks at Reducing Moose-Vehicle Collisions in Franconia Notch
September 16, 2005 -- Motorists heading north out of Franconia Notch will soon see a new sign alerting them to the dangers of car-moose collisions. The sign will be unveiled at a press event on September 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Exit 34-C off I-93.

Prescribed Burn in Concord Airport Area to Improve Wildlife Habitat
September 16, 2005
-- N.H. Fish and Game and the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development Division of Forests and Lands, with support from the N.H. Army National Guard, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and City of Concord, will be conducting a "prescribed burn" in areas on and near Concord Municipal Airport grounds the week of September 19.

Youth Waterfowl Weekend Is September 24-25
September 15, 2005 -- New Hampshire's 2005 Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days will be held statewide on Saturday, September 24; and Sunday, September 25.

Fish and Game Commission September Meeting Changed to Stratham
September 13, 2005 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Commission will hold its monthly meeting on September 21 at 1 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game's new Coastal Conservation Education Center at Sandy Point Discovery Center in Stratham.

Outdoors Enthusiasts: Stay Alert to Risk of EEE
September 12, 2005 -- The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department are joining forces to remind outdoor enthusiasts such as hunters, anglers, and hikers about the dangers of Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE. Simple precautions can protect people from EEE, which this year has infected five New Hampshire residents. A woman from Newton recently died from the disease. 32 birds and 6 horses have tested positive for the virus this season.

Locked Moose Antler Educational Exhibit Debut
September 8, 2005 -- On September 24, at 10 a.m., the NH Locked Moose Antler Project, Inc., working in partnership with N.H. Fish and Game and the Conservation Officers' Relief Association, will hold an unveiling ceremony for its life-size taxidermy exhibit depicting two adult moose. The enormous bulls permanently locked antlers in nearby Gile State Forest two years ago and, unable to separate, died.

Public Meeting on Wiswall Dam Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project
September 8, 2005 -- The public will have a chance to learn about a proposed aquatic ecosystem restoration project to restore anadromous fish passage and river habitat on the Lamprey River near Wiswall Dam in Durham at a public information meeting on September 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Durham Town Hall.

Rhode Island Man Carried Out of White Mountains Following Injury
August 30, 2005 -- A White Mountain rescue ended well for an injured 49-year-old hiker from Rhode Island on Monday, August 29. In an arduous 11-hour rescue operation, the man, David W. Pierce of Narragansett, R.I., was carried out on a litter by some 50 rescuers from the N.H. Fish and Game Department, White Mountain National Forest, Appalachian Mountain Club, Pemigewassett Valley Search and Rescue Team and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team.

Marlow: Emergency Closure of Sand Pond Boat Ramp
August 26, 2005 -- The boat ramp at Sand Pond in Marlow (Cheshire County) will be closed for repairs until further notice.

Fish and Game Seeks Conservation Officer Trainees
August 25, 2005 -- Thought about becoming a Fish and Game Conservation Officer? Fish and Game is establishing a new register of names to be used for staffing current and future CO Trainee vacancies. Closing date: September 23, 2005.

2005-2006 N.H. Hunting Digest Is Out
August 24, 2005
-- The 2005-2006 N.H. Hunting Digest is hot off the press and available online at New Hampshire Fish and Game offices and license agents statewide; or call (603) 271-3214 to order a copy.

Small-game Hunters Needed for Survey; Chance to Win a Rifle
August 23, 2005 -- Small game hunters in New Hampshire have extra incentive to fill out Fish and Game's annual survey. When they send in their small game survey form, hunters will be entered into a raffle for a hunting rifle donated by Sturm Ruger.

Grants Available for River Restoration, Wetland and Shoreland Protection
August 22, 2005 -- Grants for projects involving river restoration; wetland protection, restoration and enhancement; and shoreland protection are available from the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund. Application deadlines: September 30 for concept papers and November 30 for full applications.

Training for "Wonders of Wildlife" Volunteers Starts Sept. 22
August 22, 2005 -- Free training to become a "Wonders of Wildlife" (WOW) volunteer educator for N.H. Fish and Game is coming up soon. If you enjoy wildlife, like kids, and have time to volunteer during the day, sign up for a three-month training course for new WOW volunteers beginning September 22.

Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set
August 15, 2005 -- N.H. Fish and Game has announced 2005 hunting season dates and bag limits for early season migratory game birds, with no major changes from last year. Details of the 2005 seasons for these birds are listed.

Endangered Shorebirds Killed by Feral Cats
August 11, 2005 -- Two endangered piping plover chicks orphaned in Hampton Beach were released this week at Scarborough Beach, Maine. The chicks were orphaned when their parents and another chick were killed by feral cats.

Angler Pulls in Piranha-like Fish in Hudson
August 8, 2005 -- After a piranha-like fish was caught in Tate Pond in Hudson Sunday night, N.H. Fish and Game has issued a reminder that it is illegal to release aquarium fish into the wild.

Waterfowl Season Hearing Set for August 17
August 8, 2005 -- N.H. Fish and Game will hold a public hearing on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2005 waterfowl hunting season on August 17, 2005, at 6:30 p.m., at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

Open House on Winnisquam Public Access Site -- August 20
August 4, 2005 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will host an "Open House" on Saturday, August 20, 2005, from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Opechee Park Clubhouse in Laconia, giving the public a chance to learn about and offer their input on a proposed public boat access facility on Lake Winnisquam.

REVISED SCHEDULE for Fish and Game Tour with Executive Councilor Burton
August 3, 2005 -- News reporters and outdoor writers are invited to join Executive Councilor Raymond Burton and Fish and Game Executive Director Lee Perry on August 4 for a tour of facilities and projects in northern New Hampshire.

Free Training Offered for "Wonders of Wildlife" Volunteers
July 29, 2005 -- If you enjoy learning about wildlife, like kids, and have time to volunteer during the day, consider becoming a Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) educator for N.H. Fish and Game. A three-month training course begins September 22.

Massachusetts Teen Carried Out of White Mountains Following Injury
July 27, 2005 -- A Massachusetts teenager was carried out of her group's camping site off the Zealand Trail in New Hampshire's White Mountains early this morning, July 27, after accidentally spilling boiling water on her feet last night.

Public Hearing Set for Falconry, Camel Rule Changes
July 26, 2005 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing to discuss proposed rule changes regarding falconry and camels on August 5 at 10 a.m. at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

Pittsfield Boating/Angling Access Site Closed August 5 - 7
July 25, 2005 -- Boaters and anglers should note that N.H. Fish and Game 's public access site on the Suncook River in Pittsfield will be closed for public safety reasons (related to the flight path of hot air balloons) on August 5, 6 and 7.

Get Set for Fall Hunting in New Hampshire
July 25, 2005 -- Though summer heat is sizzling, many of New Hampshire's hunting seasons have been set, and it's none too soon to start planning for hunting trips in the brisk days of autumn. N.H.'s 2005 hunting seasons at a glance.

Harilla's Landing Topic of Public Water Access Hearing
July 22, 2005 -- The Public Water Access Advisory Board (PWAAB) will hold a public input meeting about proposed changes to the Harilla's Landing Public Boat Access site on Friday, August 5, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. at Harilla's Landing Yacht Club.

No Salmonella in N.H. Wild Turkey Droppings
July 20, 2005 -- A total of 417 wild turkey droppings collected on New Hampshire dairy farms during the winter of 2005 have all tested negative for salmonella. That's good news for wildlife managers and farmers in New Hampshire.

New York Teen Lost in White Mountains Is Found
July 15, 2005 -- A teenage conservation worker separated from his group while hiking in the White Mountains made his way back to camp and is fine. Search teams from the U.S. Forest Service and N.H. Fish and Game had been mobilized.

N.H. Fish and Game Commission: No July Monthly Meeting
July 6, 2005 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Commission will not hold a July monthly meeting. The next meeting of the Commission will be August 17, 2005.

Sign Up for Hunter Education
July 5, 2005 -- With fall hunting seasons not far off, this is prime time to get in a hunter education class. If you're looking to purchase your first hunting license in New Hampshire, you are required to complete a hunter education course before you hunt.

Anglers: Get the Lead Out
July 5, 2005 -- For the sake of the loons -- and because it's the law -- N.H. Fish and Game advises anglers to safely dispose of their lead sinkers and jigs and replace them with non-lead alternatives. As of 2005, the use of certain lead sinkers and jigs is prohibited on all fresh waters in New Hampshire.

Unit M Special Deer Permits Available Online July 1
July 1, 2005 -- Hunters who want the chance to take one additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit M during the fall hunting season can buy their permit online from N.H. Fish and Game starting July 1.

Chronic Wasting Disease Not Detected in New Hampshire's Deer
July 1, 2005 -- New Hampshire's deer population shows no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), based on monitoring data gathered during the 2004 hunting season.

New Rule for Purchasing 2005 Special Archery Deer Permits
June 30, 2005 -- Hunters who want to buy a 2005 special archery deer permit, valid for taking one additional antlered deer using bow and arrow during the archery deer season, must purchase the permit at the same time they buy their archery license.

Boaters: Help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS
June 30, 2005 -- If you enjoy boating in New Hampshire, N.H. Fish and Game urges you to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic plants and animals by checking your equipment for milfoil and other nuisance species before you launch.

Nongame Wildlife 2005 Campaign Nears End
June 22, 2005 -- Wildlife boosters have one week left to "join the flock" and contribute to the 2005 Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program annual fund campaign, which must bring in $50,000 in donations each year to match a challenge grant from the State legislature.

Learn to Saltwater Fly-fish
June 22, 2005 -- Learn to fly-fish for striped bass at a free intermediate saltwater fly-fishing class the weekend of July 23 -24 in Portsmouth, presented by N.H. Fish and Game and N.H. Division of Forest and Lands Urban Forestry Center.

Moose Hunt Permit Winners Announced
June 17, 2005 -- The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 525 people who will be offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October. They were the lucky winners in N.H. Fish and Game's annual moose permit lottery drawing held today.

Moose "On the Loose" -- Drivers Beware!
June 16, 2005 -- It's nearly summer and, as is always the case at this time of year, increased reports of moose sightings and moose collisions in New Hampshire have prompted wildlife officials from Fish and Game to warn motorists to take extra care while traveling Granite State roadways.

Want to Help? Leave Fawns Alone
June 15, 2005 -- With springtime wildlife young now on the scene, remember that you should NOT pick up any animals you may find, especially fawns (newborn deer).

Sand Pond Boat Ramp in Marlow Closed June 22-July 15, 2005
June 14, 2005 -- Boaters in southwestern N.H. should note that the boat ramp at Sand Pond in Marlow will be closed for repairs from June 22 through July 15.

Lake and Pond Depth Maps Now Available at Fish and Game Website
New Hampshire's anglers can now access more than 130 lake depth ("bathymetry") maps at N.H. Fish and Game's website.

Register for Fall "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Workshop
June 1, 2005 -- Women interested in learning outdoor skills can sign up for the fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (B.O.W.) workshop offered by N.H. Fish and Game and the N.H. Wildlife Federation. Registration is June 6 through July 8, 2005. Visit www.nhbow.com or call (603) 271-3212 to request an application.

Registration Open for Summer Teacher Institute
May 31, 2005 -- Teachers of grades K-8 and curriculum coordinators can sign up for a 5-day professional development workshop using the new proposed science frameworks, from August 15-19, at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, NH.

Give Turtles a Brake
May 27, 2005 -- New Hampshire motorists should be on the alert for turtles crossing roads in search of warm sandy areas to lay their eggs. Please brake for them, because the loss of just a few individuals can wipe out a local turtle population.

Catch the "Buzz": Weekly fishing reports to air on WNDS-TV
May 27, 2005 -- On June 1, WNDS-TV Channel 50 (Derry) will launch "The Fishing Buzz," a brand-new 60-second weekly fishing report produced by N.H. Fish and Game in partnership with WNDS-TV...

Registration Open for Watershed Ecology Institute
May 25, 2005 -- Science teachers, conservation commission members and environmental educators interested in exploring watershed ecology can sign up for a ten-day course offered July 25-29 and August 1-5 at Bow High School.

NH Moose Hunt Lottery Deadline -- Friday May 27
May 23, 2005 -- Would-be moose hunters: Friday, May 27, is the deadline to apply for the 2005 New Hampshire Moose Hunt Lottery. Enter to win one of 525 NH moose hunting permits (click here to apply online), or pick up an application from any license agent. There is a nonrefundable $10 application fee.

Fish and Game Conservation Officers Recognized
May 20, 2005 -- Two Conservation Officers from N.H. Fish and Game have received international and regional awards for outstanding performance: Lt. Jonas Todd Bogardus, of Littleton, and CO Mark T. Hensel, of Sanbornville.

Season Starts Strong for Karner Blue Butterflies
May 20, 2005 -- Though it's still more commonly seen in children's drawings than in the wild, the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly is making a comeback in Concord.

Prescribed Burn in Concord Airport Area to Improve Wildlife Habitat
May 20, 2005 -- N.H. Fish and Game and the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development Division of Forests and Lands, with support from the N.H. Army National Guard, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and City of Concord, will be conducting a "prescribed burn" in areas on and near Concord Municipal Airport grounds. The prescribed burn is likely to take place the week of May 23, 2005.


Help Protect Piping Plovers on N.H. Seacoast
May 19, 2005 -- Residents and visitors are being urged to help protect the state-endangered and federally threatened piping plovers nesting on New Hampshire's seacoast. To protect the birds, Fish and Game has set up fencing along the beaches and posted signs near piping plover breeding areas. Find out how you can help.

Fly-Fish the North Country at Weekend Workshop
May 19, 2005 -- Get an introduction to fly-fishing in New Hampshire's scenic North Country at a free weekend workshop June 10-12, 2005, at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin. Pre-registration is required.

Atlantic Coast Shellfishing Closed Because of "Red Tide"
May 19, 2005 -- To protect the public from the possible consumption of contaminated shellfish, officials from theN.H. Department of Environmental Services and the N.H. Fish and Game Department have closed the Atlantic coastline to the taking of shellfish until further notice. The closure was made because of elevated levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning or PSP, commonly known as "red tide."

Young Hiker Airlifted from Mt. Monadnock following Medical Emergency
May 4, 2005 -- On May 3, Fish and Game was notified of an unconscious 17-year-old girl with a school group on Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey. Jaffrey Fire and Rescue responded, and the girl was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Salmon Artist to Appear at Brood Stock Fly-Fishing Expo
May 3, 2005 -- Noted salmon artist Arthur Taylor of Lincoln, Maine, will display his salmon-fishing artwork at Fish and Game's Brood Stock Salmon Fishing Expo on Saturday, May 7. Taylor will be present only at the morning session. The free expo runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

Missing Strafford Man Located
May 2, 2005 -- Searchers from Fish and Game and the Strafford Police Department located a missing Strafford man near Blue Job Mountain at 2 a.m. on May 2.

Missing Young Massachusetts Hiker Found on Mt. Monadnock
April 29, 2005 -- A 13-year-old boy from Wilmington, Mass., lost after being separated from a school group hiking on Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, N.H., on April 28, was successfully rescued after a three-hour search of the mountain by New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers.

April 26, 2005 - Fish and Game Commission - Notice to Parties - In the Matter of
License Revocation of Steven R. Laro

Snowmobile Skimmers Fined
April 22, 2005
- Four snowmobilers apprehended for illegal "skimming" over open water pled guilty and were fined in Southern Carroll County District Court on April 18.

At Conclusion of Hearing, Laro's Hunting License Revoked for Minimum of 10 Years
April 21, 2005
-- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission has voted to revoke the hunting license of Steven R. Laro for a minimum of 10 years.

Young Derry Artist Earns Top State Honors in Junior Duck Stamp Contest
April 21, 2005 -- Elizabeth Beaudoin, age 18, of Derry, has won top honors among young New Hampshire artists in the 2005 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest.

Fish & Game Wants Your Help Setting Big Game Population Goals
April 18, 2005 -- Two open house sessions coming up with N.H. Fish and Game give you a chance to weigh in on big game population targets for the next ten years. The sessions are April 26 in Concord and April 28 in Lancaster.

Continuance in Hunting License-revocation Hearing
April 13, 2005 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission has issued a continuance in the license-revocation hearing of Steven R. Laro, which began at 10:00 on April 13, 2005. The hearing will resume on April 21, 2005, at 8:00 a.m., at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters in Concord.

Promising Outlook for New Hampshire Turkey Hunt
April 13, 2005 -- Things look good for a successful 2005 spring gobbler season, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game Turkey Project Biologist Ted Walski. The state's turkey hunting season runs from Tuesday, May 3, through May 31, with a youth weekend just prior, set for April 30-May 1, 2005.

Middleton's Jones Pond Will Not Be Stocked in 2005
April 13, 2005 -- Jones Pond, in Middleton, located within the Jones Brook Wildlife Management Area, will not be stocked with trout during the 2005 season because of serious structural integrity issues with the pond's earthen outlet dam.

Missing Massachusetts Hiker Rescued in White Mountains
April 12, 2005 -- Tired and cold, but unharmed, missing hiker John Jackson, of Carlisle, Mass., was found on the Dry River Trail in the Crawford Notch area of the White Mountains by a team of Fish and Game Conservation Officers today.

Speak Up on Big Game Management Goals
April 11, 2005 -- Share your views on regional big game population levels. Fish and Game seeks public input on proposed 10-year population goals for deer, bear, moose and turkey at open-house meetings April 26 in Concord; and April 28 in Lancaster.

Amoskeag Fishways Partnership: Celebrating 10 Years of the Magic of the Merrimack
April 8, 2005 -- If the Merrimack River is the life force of Manchester, the Amoskeag Fishways, an award-winning environmental education center, has been its beating heart since 1995.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Amoskeag Fishways Partnership; 10th Anniversary Event, April 8 in Manchester
April 4, 2005
-- Members of the media are invited to attend an event on April 8 in Manchester to celebrate the success and achievements of the Amoskeag Fishways Partnership, an innovative private/public effort to provide environmental education in New Hampshire.

Watch for Frogs, Salamanders on the Move on Rainy Nights
April 4, 2005 -- Keep an eye out for amphibians in the coming weeks, especially on warm, rainy nights. Spotted salamanders, spring peepers, wood frogs and toads will be hopping and sliding across New Hampshire roadways on the first warm wet nights, heading to mate and lay their eggs in vernal pools and other wetlands.

Open-Water Fishing Starts for Lake Trout, Salmon
March 30, 2005 -- Enthusiastic anglers may want to start their weekend early, as Friday, April 1, is the beginning of the open-water fishing season on landlocked salmon/lake trout managed lakes in New Hampshire.

Spring Fish Stocking Information Coming Soon to Web
March 29, 2005 -- Fishing fanatics take note: beginning in mid-April, anglers will be able to get timely information on this spring's fish stocking season at New Hampshire Fish and Game's website. Streams, ponds and lakes that were stocked during the previous week will be listed.

Speeding Snowmobilers Arrested
March 22, 2005
-- An investigation of a recent snowmobiling incident by New Hampshire Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division has led to the arrest of Michael Gilcreast, age 31, and Shawn Landers, age 33, both of Londonderry, N.H.

Marine Fisheries Hearing April 5
March 18, 2005 -- New Hampshire Fish and Game will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to winter flounder and lobster regulations, as well as a proposed herring fishery weekend closure, on Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.

New England Marine Fishing Regulations Upheld
March 15, 2005 -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on March 9 against a broad-based legal action and upheld large sections of New England's recently enacted fishing regulations designed to protect stocks from over-fishing while still meeting commercial fishermen's needs.

Fish and Game License-revocation Hearing Postponed
March 15, 2005 -- At a pre-hearing conference held today, March 15, 2005, the decision was made to postpone the license-revocation hearing of Steven R. Laro originally scheduled for March 16, 2005, at the request of Laro's attorney.

Mark Beauchesne of Fish & Game Lands Silver Trout Award
March 3, 2005
-- Mark Beauchesne, Coordinator of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing program, was recognized recently with the Silver Trout Award from the Basil W. Woods Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

N.H. Fish and Game Commission Meetings Set; Note April Date Change
March 2, 2005 -- The Fish and Game Commission will hold its monthly meeting on March 16, at 1 p.m., at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. Please note that the following meeting, on April 27, deviates from the routine schedule.

Public Water Access Advisory Board to Meet March 7
March 2, 2005 -- The New Hampshire Public Water Access Advisory Board (PWAAB) will meet on Monday, March 7, 2005, at 9:00 a.m., at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord.

2005 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Entries Sought
February 28, 2005 -- Young New Hampshire artists are invited to submit original artwork depicting North American waterfowl to the New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest by April 1, 2005.

Holderness Hunter Education Center Hosts Volunteer Fair March 12-13
February 25, 2005
-- Get involved as a volunteer at Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness at a volunteer open house set for March 12 and 13, 2005, from 1 to 3 p.m. each day. Pass on the outdoor tradition!

Fund Established to Protect Merrimack River Bald Eagle Habitat
February 23, 2005 -- A new fund to help conserve bald eagle habitat along the Merrimack River is being established through a joint effort involving the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, New Hampshire Fish and Game, New Hampshire Audubon and the office of Senator John Sununu.

Media Event: Fund Established to Protect Merrimack River Bald Eagle Habitat
February 18, 2005 -- Members of the media are invited to attend an event announcing a new fund to help conserve bald eagle habitat along the Merrimack River on Wednesday, February 23, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. at Public Service of New Hampshire's Energy Park at 780 North Commercial Street in Manchester.

North Conway Man Injured in Snowmobile Accident
February 3, 2005 -- A North Conway man was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident in Freedom, N.H., on February 2. Allen E. Rowe, age 53, of North Conway, was found lying unconscious on a snowmobile trail near Ossipee Lake Road.

Two Fatalities in Pittsburg, N.H., Snowmobile Incident
January 31, 2005 -- A man and a woman, both from Massachusetts, were killed as a result of a snowmobile incident that occurred on First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, on Saturday night, January 29.

Two Snowmobile Fatalities in N.H. Over Weekend; Riders Urged to Use Caution
January 10, 2005
-- Two Massachusetts men lost their lives in separate snowmobile incidents in New Hampshire recently.

Snowmobile DUI Now a Criminal Offense
January 10, 2005 -- Operating a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is a criminal offense under a new law in effect as of January of this year.

Fish and Game's Annual Online Sales Top Three-quarters of a Million Dollars
January 7, 2005 -- Fish and Game's online sales of licenses and permits for 2004 topped three-quarters of a million dollars, a first for the Department and evidence that hunters and anglers are taking to the convenience of online purchasing.

WANTED: N.H. Candidates for Fishery Management Council
January 7, 2005 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division will host a candidates' interview night for several upcoming vacancies on the New England Fishery Management Council on February 1, 2005, at 7 p.m., at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.

2004 Moose Hunt Tally
December 30, 2004 -- Wildlife biologists from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department report that a total of 388 moose were taken in the 2004 moose hunt. The statewide success rate of 74% was similar to last year's success rate of 75%.

Free Training Offered for "Wonders of Wildlife" Volunteers
December 23, 2004 -- If you enjoy wildlife and kids, have volunteer time during the day, and live in the western part of the state, an upcoming training course offers a chance to become a Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) educator for Fish and Game.

Manchester Deer Captured
December 21, 2004 -- The young female deer that was routinely being fed by residents of a neighborhood on Manchester's West Side was captured by Fish and Game staff today near Route I-93 and transported to a rehabilitation facility.

Public Hearing Set on Proposed Marine Rules
December 21, 2004
-- A public hearing on proposals amending various marine rules affecting commercial fishermen will be held January 4, 2005, at 7 pm at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.

Extended Ban on Lead Fishing Tackle Takes Effect January 1
December 20, 2004 -- Under a new law, the use of certain sizes of lead sinkers and jigs is banned on all fresh waters in New Hampshire as of January 1, 2005.

Snowmobile "Skimming" Outlawed
December 20, 2004 -- As of January 1, 2005, the dangerous practice of operating snowmobiles on open water, also known as skimming, is illegal in New Hampshire.

Estimated 2004 New Hampshire Deer Kill Tops 10,000
December 17, 2004 -- As of December 16, New Hampshire hunters had registered an estimated total of 10,080 deer during the 2004 hunting season, a 7 percent increase over last year. The firearms season for deer ended December 5, and the deer archery season ended December 15.

Feeding Deer Harms Their Health
December 17, 2004 -- Good Samaritans who think they're helping deer by putting out feed in the winter may actually be endangering the health of the herd, says New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wildlife biologist Kent Gustafson.

N.H. Fish and Game Contributes to "Hunt for the Hungry"
November 29, 2004 -- Today Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division donated over 1,000 pounds of moose and deer meat to the New Hampshire Food Bank's "Hunt For The Hungry" program. The donation consists of illegally shot animals seized by Conservation Officers in the North Country.

Turkey Talk: Many Differences between Wild and Domestic Birds
November 18, 2004 -- Hunters can bring home a wild turkey for Thanksgiving dinner in New Hampshire today because the birds have made a real comeback in the state. Wild turkeys had completely disappeared in New Hampshire by the mid-1800s; today there are 25,000 in the state. Can you tell a wild turkey from its domestic cousin?

ASMFC Presents Annual Awards of Excellence to Herb Drake & Artie Odlin
November 15, 2004 -- Captain Herb Drake and Mr. Artie Odlin, two prominent New England fishing industry leaders and conservation advocates, were presented the Commission's Annual Award of Excellence at the ASMFC's Annual Meeting in New Castle, New Hampshire.

Quiet Fall Search-and-Rescue Season in New Hampshire's Mountains
November 9, 2004 -- Ask a New Hampshire search-and-rescue volunteer how the fall has been, and the answer for most is: "uneventful."

Firearms Season for Deer Starts November 10 in New Hampshire
November 8, 2004 -- November 10 is opening day for New Hampshire's rifle deer hunting season, which continues through December 5.

Missing Littleton Woman Rescued
November 8, 2004 -- Searchers have found 67-year-old Marcia Ellingwood, the Littleton woman missing since the morning of November 7. She was located within a mile of her home by Nancy Lyons of New England Canine Search and Rescue.

Where Can I Hunt in N.H.? Resources Include New Online WMA Guide
November 1, 2004 -- Longtime hunters have special -- often secret -- places where they go year after year to try and tag a deer. For those new to hunting, or those whose secret place just became a parking lot, the challenge is deciding where to go. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website at www.wildlife.state.nh.us has resources to assist hunters in determining where they should do their scouting and hunting.

Get Into New Hampshire's Great Outdoors on WILDLIFE JOURNAL TV: Third Season Premieres Thursday, Nov. 4 @ 9 p.m.
October 29, 2004
-- Get ready to experience the wildlife, people and places of wild New Hampshire when the third season of Wildlife Journal premieres Thursday, November 4 at 9 p.m. on New Hampshire Public Television. The award-winning series is co-produced by NHPTV and N.H. Fish and Game. Schedule and program descriptions: www.wildlifejournal.tv.

A New Era for Red Sox -- and Wildlife
October 28, 2004 -- As Boston Red Sox fans rejoice in the amazing 2004 team's historic World Series win, so fans of wildlife can celebrate the dramatic restoration of many wildlife species in New Hampshire since the last such victory in 1918. Wildlife have come a long way since the days of The Babe, when populations of species including moose, bear and beaver were painfully low or nonexistent in the Granite State.

David Goethel of Hampton Wins National Fisherman's "Highliners" Award
October 26, 2004 -- Commercial fisherman David Goethel of Hampton, N.H. was recently awarded one of three national "Highliners" awards for his active involvement in cooperative efforts to research and manage marine fisheries resources. The award was given by National Fisherman magazine, a publication about the life and business of professional fishing.

Hunting License Sales and Hunting Info on the Web
October 19, 2004 -- Hunters: If you've held a New Hampshire hunting license in the last three years, you can purchase and print your 2004 license on your home computer at N.H. Fish and Game's website; drink your morning coffee; and still be in your tree stand before dawn.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Correction to Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Press Release
October 18, 2004 -- There was an error in the press release issued 10/18/04 regarding the N.H. moose hunt opening weekend results. In the earlier version, the ending date for the N.H. moose hunt was incorrectly reported. The moose season ends on Sunday, October 24, NOT on October 27, as previously stated.

Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 31% Success
October 18, 2004 -- With opening weekend of the 17th annual New Hampshire moose hunt complete, 31% of moose hunters have hit their mark.

Two New Areas Closed to Cottontail Rabbit Hunting In 2004
September 21, 2004 -- Two new areas in New Hampshire are closed this year to the hunting of cottontail rabbits to help protect the state's remnant New England cottontail populations.

Dedication of Fish and Game Hunter Education Center in Holderness
September 20, 2004 -- Members of the media are invited to attend the dedication of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on Saturday, September 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. The speaking program starts at 1:15 p.m., followed by a tour of the grounds and shooting range demonstrations.

2004 Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Features Work of Young N.H. Artist
September 3, 2004
-- The 2004 New Hampshire Migratory Waterfowl stamp, commonly known as the "duck stamp," is now available, featuring the artwork of New Hampshire's top winner in the 2004 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. Includes prices and ordering information.

Karner Blues Gaining Foothold in Concord Pine Barrens
August 30, 2004 -- New Hampshire's official state butterfly -- the Karner blue -- is making a comeback. This summer, wildlife biologists from N.H. Fish and Game released more than a thousand captive-reared Karner blue butterflies into pine barrens in the Heights in Concord, where they are now reproducing successfully in the wild, and where many people have been hard at work to restore the federally endangered butterfly to its rare and special habitat.

Shelburne Man Convicted in Shooting of Backyard Bear
August 18, 2004 -- Shelburne resident Jocelyn Labonville was convicted August 17 in Gorham District Court of a Class B misdemeanor for the out-of-season shooting of a black bear in his backyard in June.

Wildlife Journal TV Series Wins Three National Awards
August 18, 2004 -- Wildlife Journal, the television series co-produced by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and New Hampshire Public Television, has recently been recognized for excellence by three national organizations.

Fish and Game Commissioner Hatch Honored as Conservation Leader
August 16, 2004 -- Longtime Fish and Game Commissioner Ellis Hatch Jr., of Rochester, has been presented with the N.H.Fish and Game Commission Award of Excellence in recognition of a lifetime of dedicated service to the conservation of New Hampshire fish and wildlife.

Young Massachusetts Camper Dies During Hike in Sandwich Range
August 4, 2004 -- On August 3, 13-year-old Antonio Hansell of Dorchester, Massachusetts died during a traverse of the Sandwich Mountain Range, which is located in Holderness and Sandwich, New Hampshire.

Fish and Game Reorganization Finalized; Small Changes Expected to Yield Greater Efficiency
August 2, 2004 -- Lee Perry, executive director of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, announced July 29 that steps have been taken with approval from the Governor & Executive Council and Department of Personnel to reorganize a portion of the Department to improve the effectiveness of programs.

Fish and Game Sets the Record Straight on Audit Findings
July 29, 2004 -- Lee Perry, executive director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, wants to set the record straight regarding recent state audit findings.

"Project Osprey" Partnership Celebrates Successes
July 29, 2004 -- Staff and volunteers of "Project Osprey," a unique public/private partnership aimed at restoring to New Hampshire a once-endangered species, gathered yesterday to mark the successful culmination of their five-year effort.

Four Arrested in Berlin Hatchery Trophy Fish Theft
July 23, 2004 -- On July 22, 2004, N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement completed an investigation of the theft of trophy "show pool" fish from the Berlin Fish Hatchery. As a result of this investigation, four men were arrested yesterday for two Class A misdemeanors each -- criminal trespass and theft by unauthorized taking.

Endangered Shorebirds Fledging on N.H. Seacoast
July 21, 2004 -- Piping plovers are keeping a toehold on New Hampshire's seacoast this year, with one chick already fledged from a nest on Seabrook Town Beach and three more chicks expected to fledge (begin to fly) from a nest on Hampton Beach State Park this week.

Public Water Access Advisory Board Supports Wild Goose Access Site; Fish and Game to Develop Sunapee Lake Facility
July 15, 2004 -- The Public Water Access Advisory Board voted July 12 to recommend that the Fish and Game Department move ahead with plans to develop property in Newbury, long under consideration for an access site to Lake Sunapee.

Vandals Damage New Pittsfield Boat Ramp
July 2, 2004 -- A new boat ramp installed by Fish and Game in Pittsfield last fall has been damaged by graffiti, slashes in the wooden retaining wall and uprooting of shrubbery planted to stabilize the shorebank. Fish and Game urges residents to keep an eye out for vandals and to notify police or Operation Game Thief.

July 11 Ceremony in Berlin to Dedicate New Barry Camp Dining Hall
June 29, 2004
-- Correspondents covering North Country news are invited to attend the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's formal dedication of the new dining hall at Barry Conservation Camp at the Berlin Fish Hatchery on Sunday, July 11.

N.H. Fish Stocking List for June 14-18, 2004
June 25, 2004 -- Seventy-three locations in New Hampshire were stocked last week with fish from N.H. Fish and Game hatcheries. Click for a list of waterbodies.

Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits Available July 1; Lottery Discontinued
June 25, 2004
-- Starting July 1, hunters who want to try for a second deer during this fall's hunting season can apply for a permit from N.H. Fish and Game to take one additional antlerless deer in WMU M southeast N.H.).

West Henniker Dam Breaching Ceremony: 15 Miles of River Re-connected
Members of the media are invited to witness the initial breaching of the West Henniker Dam in Henniker, N.H., on Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at 10 a.m.

Boaters: You Can Help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS!
June 10, 2004 --
If you enjoy boating or paddling on New Hampshire's waterways, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking for your help in stopping the spread of invasive plants and animals. Here's how you can help.

Hatchery-raised Atlantic Salmon to Be Stocked; Safe for Adults to Eat Small Amounts of Brood-stock Salmon
May 28, 2004 -- The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services and N.H. Fish and Game have agreed that the brood-stock Atlantic salmon raised at the Nashua National Fish Hatchery may be stocked. Based on new consumption guidelines from DHHS, it is recommended that New Hampshire anglers limit the amount of brood-stock salmon they eat.

Ban on Lead Fishing Tackle Strengthened
May 27, 2004 -- A new state law will expand the prohibition on the use of certain sizes of lead sinkers and jigs to all fresh waters in New Hampshire as of January 2005, and will ban the sale of this tackle statewide beginning January 1, 2006.

hikeSafe This Summer
May 24, 2004 -- The Hiker Responsibility Code provides all hikers with guidelines for safety in the mountains.

Body of Drowned Student Recovered
May 21, 2004 -- The body of Kevin Young, age 23, of Loudon, was recovered by the N.H. Fish and Game Dive Team today at approximately 11:35 a.m. The body was found in water 12 to 14 feet deep at the base of Livermore Falls on the Pemigewasset River in Campton. Young was a student at Plymouth State University.

Missing Man Located
May 7, 2004 - Timothy Coombe, of North Conway, was found today in Cambridge, where his vehicle had become stuck on the road to Success Pond. Coombe had been missing since Wednesday, May 5. He is reported to be in good health, though he has Parkinson's Disease and did not have his medication with him.

Moose Euthanized
April 29, 2004 -- In order to address public safety concerns, N.H. Fish and Game officials this morning euthanized a female moose. The 3-year-old moose appeared to be the same one that has been seen, chased, talked about and harassed in urban and suburban settings over the past several days.

Want to Tangle With a Toothy Terror? Go Pike Fishing
April 22, 2004 -- For anglers who relish a toothy battle with a large, slick, thrashing game fish, extreme adventure is on tap right here in the Granite State when you go fishing for northern pike.

Young Berlin Artist Earns Top State Honors in Junior Duck Stamp Contest
April 21, 2004 - Lindsey Rothe, age 17, of Berlin, has won a $500 scholarship and top honors among young New Hampshire artists in the 2004 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest.

Two Missing Swanzey Children Are Found Safe
April 6, 2004 -- Two children who were reported missing after wandering from their home in Swanzey yesterday afternoon were located this morning at approximately 8 a.m. in the woods about 3/4 mile from their residence, according to Capt. Martin Garabedian of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Russell Cox Search and Rescue Update
March 30, 2004 -- Under New Hampshire law (RSA 153-A:24), search and rescue missions are reviewed to determine whether there was recklessness involved. If such a determination is made, the person rescued may be held liable and be billed to cover the cost of the rescue. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will not request reimbursement of expenses associated with the rescue of Russell Cox.

Winnicut River Restoration Feasibility Study to Be Presented
March 24, 2004 --
The N.H. Fish and Game Department and the N.H. Coastal Program will hold a public presentation on Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Greenland Town Hall to summarize the findings of the Final Draft Feasibility Study regarding the analysis of restoration options for the Winnicut River in Greenland, N.H., and to provide a forum for questions and public comments.

Massachusetts Hiker Pronounced Dead
March 23, 2004 -- N.H. Fish and Game has received word from Littleton Hospital that Brenda Cox, of Andover, Massachusetts, has been pronounced dead. Family members have been notified.

Overdue Hikers Evacuated From Mt. Lafayette
March 23, 2004 -- A search and rescue effort in the White Mountains is nearing its conclusion for a couple from Andover, Massachusetts. Russell Cox was evacuated by helicopter from Mt. Lafayette this morning at around 10:00; rescue personnel said he was able to walk to a waiting ambulance and is now being treated for hypothermia at a local hospital.

Concord Man Indicted in Corbin Park Hunting-related Shooting
March 15, 2004 -- On March 11, a Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted Steven Laro of Concord, N.H., on charges of negligent homicide, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and felonious use of a firearm in the fatal hunting-related shooting of Robert Proulx in Corbin Park in Croydon, N.H., last January.

Two Hikers Rescued in White Mountains; Body of Third Being Recovered
March 8, 2004
-- On March 7, two winter hiker/skiers were rescued near Mount Washington in the White Mountains, and a third hiker in the party died in a fall. The victim was Rob A. Douglas, 39, of Vershire, Vermont.

Recovered Hiker Identified
January 30, 2004 -- The hiker whose body was recovered yesterday from Huntington Ravine on the east side of Mt. Washington has been identified as Jason Gaumond, 28, of Southbridge, Massachusetts.

Body of Hiker Recovered at Huntington Ravine
January 29, 2004 -- Following a search effort initiated on Wednesday, Jan. 28, the body of a male hiker was recovered this afternoon from the base of Yale Gully in Huntington Ravine.

Two Plead Guilty to Wildlife Crimes
January 21, 2004 -- On January 20, two New Hampshire men pled guilty to an assortment of wildlife crime charges at Northern Carroll District Court. John W. Hart of Conway was charged with more than 20 crimes; Dennis Hill, also of Conway, had three charges.

Recovered Backpacker Identified
January 16, 2004 -- The winter backpacker whose body was recovered yesterday in the White Mountains has been identified as Kenneth Holmes, 37, of Athol, Massachusetts. The Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the cause of Holmes' death was "hypothermia due to environmental exposure."

WANTED: N.H. Candidates for Fishery Management Council
January 16, 2004 - New Hampshire Fish and Game is seeking candidates to fill three upcoming vacancies on the New England Fishery Management Council. Fish and Game's Marine Fisheries Division will host a candidates' interview night on February 3 at 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth. Interested candidates should contact John Nelson, Chief of Marine Fisheries, at (603) 868-1095.

Body of Backpacker Recovered in White Mountains
January 15, 2004
-- The body of a winter backpacker was recovered this afternoon in the area of South Twin Mountain and the Twinway Trail in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of family members.

January 5, 2004 -- STATEMENT regarding Saturday's fatal hunting-related incident at Corbin Park (click here)

Hunting-related Fatality at Corbin Park, Croydon, N.H.
January 3, 2004 -- At approximately 9:30 a.m., Saturday, January 3, a fatal shooting incident occurred at Corbin Park, a private shooting preserve in the town of Croydon, N.H. The victim has been identified as Robert H. Proulx, age 58, of Manchester. Next of kin have been notified. The name of the shooter is not yet available.

Many Snowmobile Accidents Are Preventable
January 2, 2004 -- Last winter was the deadliest snowmobile season in 12 years in northern New England, with a total of 28 snowmobile-related deaths in ME, VT and NH. Many of these accidents could have been prevented, according to Maj. Tim Acerno, coordinator of New Hampshire Fish and Game's Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) Program.

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