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New Hampshire Fishing Rule Changes for 2012
December 30, 2011 – Anglers take note: a few new fishing rule changes take effect on January 1, 2012.
New for 2012: Change in Allowable Turkey Shot Size
December 30, 2011 – A new rule effective January 1, 2012, changes the allowable shot size for taking wild turkey from #2, #4, #5 and #6 to a shot size of #2 or smaller.
Free Outdoor Adventure Talk on Saltwater Fly-Fishing: January 19 in Concord
December 28, 2011 – Pick up some tips on saltwater fly-fishing from one of the masters at a free outdoor adventure talk on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H.
New Hampshire First: Apprentice Hunting Licenses Become Available January 1
December 28, 2011 -- A new law takes effect January 1, 2012, that allows people who are interested in trying hunting or bowhunting an opportunity to do so under the guidance of an experienced hunter without having to take a Hunter Education course first. It's called the New Hampshire Apprentice Hunting License.
Fish and Game: N.H. Ice Conditions Unsafe
December 28, 2011 – The N.H. Fish and Game Department and local officials are getting reports of unsafe ice around the state. “Recent warm weather, rain and wind have made ice conditions unsafe in most parts of the state, although some small lakes and ponds are frozen over..."
Free Ice Fishing Class Offered at Lebanon Recreation Department in Jan. 2012
December 23, 2011 – Are you a lover of cold weather? Are you looking for a new outdoor activity for those long winter months? How about ice fishing! The Lebanon Recreation Department and instructors from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program will be presenting a three-session program in Lebanon in January.
2012 New Hampshire Fishing and Hunting Licenses Now Available
December 22, 2011 – New Hampshire fishing and hunting licenses for 2012 are now available for purchase. Get yours early and be set for a WILD year of outdoor adventure, from ice fishing this winter to bagging your deer next fall.
Special Fundraising Effort Underway to Document Canada Lynx in N.H.
December 22, 2012 – Sightings of the elusive Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) have been on the rise over the past decade in the Granite State – including the exciting observation of four lynx kittens this November in northern New Hampshire.
Last Call for 2012 N.H. Fish & Wildlife Calendars
December 21, 2011 – The new year is fast approaching and the all-new 2012 New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife wall calendars are going fast. Get yours and be inspired for a year of outdoor adventure! Calendars are available for $9.95 at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, or use the print-and-mail order form at www.wildnh.com/Shop/calendar.html (shipping is free for 1-5 calendars).
“Citizen Conservationists” Asked to Report Wild Turkey Flock Sightings
December 21, 2011 – If you see a flock of wild turkeys in New Hampshire this winter, Fish and Game wants to hear about it. Citizens are being asked to report sightings of turkey flocks seen from January 1 through March 31 by filling out an electronic survey form posted at www.wildnh.com/turkeysurvey.
Arrests Made in Ossipee/Tamworth for Illegal Take of Moose and Deer
December 20, 2011 -- The major hunting seasons may be over, but N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers are still busy responding to reports of wildlife violations. In two incidents, one in Ossipee and one in Tamworth, three men have been arrested and formally charged for several deer and moose hunting violations.
2011 New Hampshire Deer and Bear Hunting Season Results
December 20, 2011 -- Preliminary numbers for New Hampshire's recent deer and bear hunting seasons are in. The estimated statewide deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2011 season was 11,167 deer, up 14% from 2010 and the highest harvest since 2007. N.H. hunters took a total of 418 bears in 2011.
Visit N.H. Fish and Game at Upcoming Outdoor Events
December 19, 2011 -- Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the N.H. Fish and Game Department booth at several upcoming events:Rockingham Hunting & Fishing Expo (January 7-8, 2012); N.H. Farm & Forest Exposition (February 3-4, 2012); Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby (February 11-12, 2012).
Free Winter Indoor Archery League Offered in Holderness N.H.
December 16, 2011 -- Now that archery season has come to an end, those interested in keeping their archery skills in tune over the winter can sign up to take part in a free four-week evening archery league starting in February 2012 at Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, N.H.
Wildlife Control Operator Class Offered January 19, 2012
December 16, 2011 – The New Hampshire Wildlife Control Operators (WCO) training class, offered once a year, will take place on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H., from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2012 Junior Duck Stamp Contest Offers Scholarship, Cash Prizes
December 14, 2011 -- Young New Hampshire artists from kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to submit original artwork depicting North American waterfowl to the 2012 New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012.
Winter 2012 Ice Fishing Classes Offered
December 14, 2011 -- N.H. Fish and Game’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, in partnership with other groups, will offer several free ice fishing classes open to the public this winter. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your space. Classes will be held in Lebanon, Greenland, Milford, Haverhill, Laconia and Manchester.
Two Maine Hikers Rescued on Mount Chocorua
December 13, 2011 -- Two hikers caught by darkness after taking a wrong turn on Mount Chocorua in Albany, N.H., last night called 911 for help and were grateful to be escorted to safety by rescuers a few hours later.
Missing Durham Hiker Is Rescued
December 13, 2011 – An 82-year-old Newmarket man, Bruce Charity, who was missing since late yesterday, was reached by rescuers about 10:30 a.m. today after a N.H. State Police helicopter spotted him from the air.
Canada Lynx Documented in Northern New Hampshire
December 9, 2011 – Fish and Game biologists have confirmed the presence of four Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) in northern New Hampshire. The fact that the lynx appeared to be kittens is evidence that the wild cats are breeding in N.H., an expansion of the population across the border in Maine.
Enjoy Monarchs Hockey to Benefit Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire
December 9, 2011 -- Sunday March 25, 2012, will be the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire's fundraiser day with the Manchester Monarchs. Purchase of tickets for the event go to support New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wildlife conservation and education programs,
Canine Search and Rescue Program Gets $2,500 Grant from Fuller Foundation
December 9, 2011 -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces a $2,500 grant from the Fuller Foundation in support of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Canine Search and Rescue Program.
Got Your 2012 N.H. Fish & Wildlife Calendar?
December 5, 2011 -- The all-new 2012 New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife wall calendar is guaranteed to bring a refreshing touch of the outdoors to your home or office. Calendars are available for $9.95 at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H., or use the print-and-mail order form at www.wildnh.com/Shop/calendar.html (shipping is free for 1-5 calendars).
Public Hearing on Marine Rules, Lamprey River Set for January 3, 2012
December 5, 2011 -- N.H. Fish and Game will hold a public hearing on proposed marine rule changes on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 7 p.m., at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H. 03801. The proposed rules would affect persons taking marine species and anglers fishing in the freshwater section of the Lamprey River near Wiswall Dam in Durham, N.H.
Hunters and Anglers: Thank a Landowner Today
December 2, 2011 – 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 N.H. Fish and Game's Landowner Relations Program.
Shortened Season Set for 2012 Northern Shrimp Fishery
December 2, 2011 -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Section has set a shortened season for the 2011-2012 northern shrimp fishery, because of a smaller population of northern shrimp.
Holiday Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast
December 1, 2011 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department has some great gift ideas for hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts, including an exclusive new line of stylish T-shirts developed in partnership with Kittery Trading Post. Go to www.wildnh.com or find them in the store at KTP.
Nominate Your Conservation Hero!
November 29, 2011 – Do you know a person or organization who has made a difference for New Hampshire wildlife, fisheries or open land, in support of the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s mission? Honor them with a nomination for a Fish and Game Commission Award of Excellence. Nominations must be postmarked by December 31, 2011.
N.H. Fish and Game Biennial Public Hearings Set for Dec. 20, Lancaster; Dec. 21 Concord
November 29, 2011 – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold two biennial hearings in December, giving the general public an opportunity to offer input on any aspect of Department operations. The hearings will be held on December 20 in Lancaster, and on December 21 in Concord, N.H.
New Fishing Limits Proposed to Promote Higher Abundance of Menhaden on Eastern Seaboard
November 18, 2011 -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board has approved measures to establish a new interim menhaden fishing mortality threshold of 15% and target of 30% (based on maximum spawning potential), with the goal of increasing abundance, spawning stock biomass and availability of menhaden as a forage species.
N.H. Hunting Season Update
November 22, 2011 -- New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer hunting is going well, as hunters look forward to time afield during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Through November 13, 2011, hunters had taken an estimated 6,653 deer in New Hampshire.
Advisory: Remove Boats from Boundary Pond by December 4, 2011
November 21, 2011 -- N.H. Fish and Game and the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development today issued an advisory for boat owners to remove their boats and other property from areas adjacent to the shore, dam and trail at Boundary Pond in Pittsburg, N.H., prior to the planned reconstruction of the dam in June 2012. Road gates will be closed after December 4, 2011.
Wildlife Action Grants Available:
Application Deadline: February 1, 2012
November 21, 2011 -- Teachers and community members interested in involving youth to make a difference for wildlife through habitat projects on schoolyards, public areas or community lands can apply for start-up funds. This N.H. Fish and Game program provides mini-grants of $300-$600.
November 30 Conference Call to Discuss Days Out for Northern Shrimp
November 21, 2011 -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Northern Shrimp Section will meet via conference call on November 30, 2011, from 10:00 -11:30 a.m., to discuss revising which three days per week landings would be allowed.
On the Watch for Wild Turkeys
November 18, 2011 – Turkey productivity was average in 2011, according to a report just released by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department summarizing results of its first-ever wild turkey brood survey in which the public could record their observations.
Forum to be Held December 2, 2011, on Climate Change in Seacoast New Hampshire
November 16, 2011 -- A discussion and collaborative forum on the topic of climate change in Seacoast New Hampshire will be held on Friday, December 2, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center and the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, N.H. 03840.
Wild Hogs, Snowshoe Hare Hunting, Lunker Lake Trout – New Issue of N.H. Wildlife Journal
November 15, 2011 -- Find out more about invasive feral hogs and what's being done to prevent this destructive species from becoming established in New Hampshire. Plus, explore snowshoe hare hunting, lake trout and more -- all in the latest issue of the magazine. Take advantage of a limited-time offer to get a two year subscription and the 2012 N.H. Fish & Wildlife Calendar for just $25.
Pittsfield Man Wounded in Hunting-related Shooting
November 10, 2011 – A 65-year-old Pittsfield man, Daniel Mullen, was wounded Wednesday afternoon (November 9, 2011) about 4:00 p.m. while deer hunting with five other hunters.
31-year-old Man Fatally Shot in Hunting-related Incident in Lisbon, N.H.
UPDATED 11/10/11, 4 p.m. -- November 9, 2011 – A 31-year-old man hunting with his father and brother on the opening day of New Hampshire's firearms deer hunting season was fatally shot today at approximately 8 a.m. by another hunter in the vicinity. Update: The person who discharged the firearm has been identified.
Three Lost Hikers Rescued in Gilmanton
November 7, 2011 -- N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers coordinated a successful night search in the Belknap Mountain Range last night for three lost hikers -- a 31 year-old Boy Scout leader and two 14-year-old scouts who were hiking as part of troop from Brookline, MA.
Injured Hiker Rescued From Mt. Eisenhower After Spending A Chilly Night In The Woods
November 7, 2011 -- N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers and staff from Twin Mountain Fire and Rescue and the U.S. Forest Service assisted an injured hiker to safety on Mt. Eisenhower on Sunday.
Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH Funds Conservation Easement Stewardship Grant
November 4, 2011 -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H. has awarded its first land conservation grant. Fish and Game 's Wildlife Division was awarded a $5,000 matching grant from the Foundation to create a conservation easement stewardship endowment fund for the Low Plain Natural Area-Chandler Brook Unit in New London, N.H.
Media Invited to Tour Successful Farm Bill Conservation Projects in NH November 7, 2011
November 1, 2011 – A media field tour on November 7 will highlight projects that have helped maintain New Hampshire's rural character, local agriculture, clean drinking water and wildlife habitats through conservation programs authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, which is up for reauthorization in 2012.
2011 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend Results for New Hampshire
November 1, 2011 -- Preliminary reports show that young hunters succeeded in harvesting 387 deer during the 2011 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend in New Hampshire, which took place on October 22-23.
Atlantic Herring Closure for Area 1A Begins October 27, 2011
October 26, 2011 -- Commercial fishermen will be prohibited from landing Atlantic herring taken from Management Area 1A effective 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2011, because herring harvesters are projected to reach 95% of the allowable quota for the period.
Muzzleloader Season Starts October 29;
Opening Day for Regular Firearms Deer Season Is November 9, 2011
October 25, 2011 – Opening day for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer season is November 9, 2011, a date anticipated with great enthusiasm by the state’s estimated 60,000 deer hunters.
2011 N.H. Moose Hunt Successful Despite Rain and Wind
October 25, 2011 -- New Hampshire’s 2011 moose season wrapped up on Sunday, October 23, and preliminary figures show 289 hunters succeeded in taking their moose during the 9-day season, in spite of being challenged by rainy, windy, warm conditions.
Teen Climbers Stranded on Cannon Cliffs; Somersworth Man Rescued
October 24, 2011 -- Two wilderness rescues last night emphasize the need for hikers and climbers to factor shorter days/diminishing daylight into their plans for outdoor recreation in the Granite State. In Franconia, the Mountain Rescue Service rescued three college students who had become stranded partway up Cannon Cliffs as darkness fell. On Mt. Major in Alton, a Somersworth man was rescued after losing the trail.
Moose Hunt Update: 52% of N.H. Moose Hunters Successful So Far
October 20, 2011 – As of Wednesday, October 19, 2011, a total of 212 moose had been taken in the 2011 New Hampshire moose hunt (147 bulls and 65 cows). That means that 52% of hunters holding moose permits had succeeded by the midway point in the state’s moose hunt, which is in line with a typical year.
Northern Shrimp Hearing Location Change; Shrimp Harvest Reductions Considered
October 20, 2011 – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing and meeting to set dates and specifications for the 2011/2012 northern shrimp fishing season in conjunction with a meeting of the ASMFC Northern Shrimp Section and Advisory Panel on Friday, October 28, 2011, in Portsmouth.
Lost Ossipee Woman Found During Overnight Search
October 19, 2011 – N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers and Ossipee Fire Department personnel located a lost woman early this morning, October 19, 2011, after she was reported missing on Tuesday.
UPDATED 7:00 p.m.: Missing Child Found Safe in Neighbor's Home - Hampstead, N.H.
October 18, 2011 – The search is over for a child reported missing on Monday afternoon (October 17, 2011) in Hampstead, N.H.
Concord Teen Hospitalized Following Trail Bike Accident in Warren, N.H.
October 17, 2011 – N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officer Greg Jellison responded to a single vehicle motorized trailbike accident that occurred on the Glencliff Loop Trail in Warren, N.H., Sunday afternoon, October 16, 2011.
German Student Located During Overnight Search on Mt. Moosilauke
October 17, 2011 – N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers searched into the early hours this morning, October 17, 2011, to locate a Dartmouth College student hiking Mt. Moosilauke in Benton, N.H..
N.H. Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 27% Success
October 17, 2011 – More than a quarter of New Hampshire’s moose hunters were successful during the first two days of the season, achieving a 27% success rate on the opening weekend of the hunt.
WILD DEAL Offer: 2012 Calendar and N.H. Wildlife Journal Magazine (2 Years) for Just $25
October 14, 2011 - For a limited time only, get a WILD DEAL when you buy N.H. Fish and Game's popular 2012 calendar and N.H. Wildlife Journal magazine at www.wildnh.com/wilddeals. Treat yourself, or surprise the “wild ones” in your life with two gifts they'll love!
Public Hearing November 7 on Proposed Snowmobile Weekend Reciprocity Rules
October 14, 2011 -- More good news may be in store for snowmobile enthusiasts who enjoy the reciprocal Vermont-New Hampshire snowmobile weekend in January. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is proposing to expand reciprocity for that weekend to include the state of Maine.
UPDATED 11/7/2011: Adams Point Road and Adams Point Boat Access Site (Durham, N.H.) to Be Closed on Oct. 22, 2011
October 14, 2011 -- Adams Point Road and the Adams Point Boat Access Site in Durham, N.H., will be closed on October 22 because of construction being carried out by N.H. Fish and Game in cooperation with the University of New Hampshire.
N.H. Moose Hunt Is October 15 – 23, 2011
October 12, 2011 -- For nine exciting days, from October 15 to 23, 2011, lucky moose permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire’s annual moose hunt.
N.H. Fish and Game Commission October 19 Meeting to Be Held at Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury
October 12, 2012 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H.
Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Seasons Underway
October 12, 2011 – Fall is in the air, and New Hampshire's small game seasons are underway. The state's seasons for ruffed grouse, woodcock and other small game began October 1. Hunters are being asked to take the Small Game and Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail surveys; you could win a gun!
Learn About Salmon Life Cycle at “Salmon Sunday” - November 13
October 11, 2011 -- Bring the kids and explore the life cycle of landlocked salmon, fish prized by anglers on New Hampshire's big lakes, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's annual "Salmon Sunday" event on Sunday, November 13, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Pope Dam in Melvin Village.
Sign Up Now for Snowmobile Safety Classes
October 10, 2011 – Snowmobile education classes are now underway across the state. To operate a snowmobile in NH, anyone over age 12 must have either a valid Motor Vehicle Driver's License or have successfully completed an approved OHRV Safety Education class taught by Fish and Game-trained volunteer instructors.
Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire Awards $29,300 in Grants to NH Fish and Game
October 10, 2011 -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire is pleased to announce its most recent round of grant awards, totaling $29,300, to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Hunt for the Hungry:
N.H. Food Bank Seeks Meat Donations from Hunters
October 7, 2011 -- New Hampshire hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the “Hunt for the Hungry” program at the N.H. Food Bank, which is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals.
N.H. Youth Deer Hunt Set for October 22-23, 2011
October 7, 2011 -- New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 2011, is the perfect time to take a youngster hunting.
Play It Safe: Wear Blaze Orange
October 7, 2011 – Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to put on a bright orange article of clothing when they head afield this fall.
Fall Turkey Shotgun Season Coming Monday-Friday, October 10-14, 2011
October 6, 2011 -- New Hampshire’s five-day fall shotgun turkey hunting season takes place Monday through Friday, October 10-14, in all but six of the state's Wildlife Management Units.
Expeditious Rescue Saves Life of German Hiker in White Mountains
October 6, 2011 – Fortuitous circumstances leading to a lightning-fast rescue saved the life of a German man who had a serious medical incident while hiking in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest today.
2012 New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife Calendars Are In!
October 5, 2011 -- The all-new 2012 New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife Calendar is in, featuring professional photography and great ideas for getting outdoors during the new year. Calendars are available for $9.95. Visit www.wildnh.com/Shop/calendar.html (shipping is free for 1-5 calendars).
Record Salmon Returns Result in Unique Opportunity for Broodstock Salmon Anglers
October 5, 2011 – Broodstock Atlantic salmon anglers may be rewarded with some bonus fish this fall. Fish and Game will stock the usual 800 two- to three-year-old Atlantic salmon into the Merrimack River watershed in Bristol and Franklin this month, but up to 500 additional large adult salmon will also go in.
In October: Northern Shrimp Season-setting Hearing; Final Action on Draft Amendment
October 5, 2011 – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Section and Advisory Panel will meet on October 14 in Portsmouth to review public comment on Draft Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Northern Shrimp. They meet again October 28 to set the 2011/2012 season dates for the northern shrimp fishery; this is a public hearing.
Body of Swift River Drowning Victim Recovered
October 3, 2011 – The body of a 31-year-old New Hampshire man was recovered today from the Swift River in Conway, N.H. The victim's name was released as of 10/04/11.
Expect Construction Delays on Adams Point Road to Great Bay Boat Access (Durham, N.H.)
September 30, 2011 -- Fish and Game will be working on reconstruction of Adams Point Road in Durham, N.H., through through mid-November. The Adams Point boat ramp and Adams Point Wildlife Management Area will remain open for public use, but hunters, anglers and others are advised to proceed with caution on Adams Road.
N.H. Pheasant Season Opens October 1
September 29, 2011 – New Hampshire's hunting season for pheasant gets underway on October 1 and continues through December 31. This year, N.H. Fish and Game will release 13,500 adult ring-necked pheasants during the three-month season, an average of 160 birds per site.
Pheasant Hunting Access at Mascoma WMA (Canaan) Restricted to North of River
September 29, 2011 – New Hampshire Fish and Game alerts pheasant hunters in western New Hampshire that the southern portion of the Mascoma Wildlife Management Area in Canaan will not be accessible this year via the culvert and road that is typically used to cross the Mascoma River.
Don’t Miss Free Hunting and Fishing Day Events in Concord, Holderness on Sept. 24; Outdoor Sporting Expo and Open House Saturday
September 23, 2011 - Join Fish and Game for a giant outdoor sporting expo in Concord or an open house in Holderness, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, September 24, 2011.
Hiker loses trail and spends the night near Mt. Isolation
September 22, 2011 – A Kittery, Maine woman became disoriented off of the Isolation Trail in Sargent’s Purchase, N.H., while hiking alone on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Susan Wiswell, age 56, called 911 at around 1:30 pm on Wednesday, after she apparently followed signs to a campsite off the Isolation Trail and could not find her way out. Conservation Officer Alex Lopashanski was able to establish cell phone communication with Wiswell and organize a group of Conservation Officers to do a hasty search of the area that she described.
Body of Plymouth Man Recovered
September 22, 2011 – The search for 25-year-old Thomas Perkins of Plymouth, N.H., concluded sadly today, September 22, 2011, when his body was found by N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers. Perkins was located in a wooded area known as Rumney Rocks, adjacent to Rattlesnake Mountain in Rumney, N.H. Family members have been notified.
Public Hearing October 6 on Proposed Wildlife Rules
September 19, 2011 -- Proposed rule changes regarding bear baiting and applications for bear guides, shot size for taking turkeys, and miscellaneous wildlife rule readoptions will be discussed at a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Family-Friendly Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on September 24, 2011 -- National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration
September 19, 2011 -- Enjoy a fun day with hands-on activities related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping at a public Open House on Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, N.H. Admission is free.
N.H. Youth Waterfowl Hunt Weekend - Sept. 24-25, 2011
September 16, 2011 -- New Hampshire's 2011 Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend will be held statewide on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2011. To participate, youth must be age 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older.
"Ghost Moose," September Goose Hunting, Brood Stock Salmon – All in the Latest Issue of N.H. Wildlife Journal Magazine
September 16, 2011 - Fall is in the air, and the latest issue of N.H. Wildlife Journal magazine (September/October 2011) celebrates two early fall activities enjoyed by New Hampshire outdoors enthusiasts: the September goose hunting season and fishing for Atlantic brood stock salmon.
Free Outdoor Sporting Expo at Fish and Game in Concord on Sept. 24, 2011; National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration
September 15, 2011 -- The N.H. Fish and Game grounds at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord will be transformed into a giant outdoor sporting expo from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on National Hunting and Fishing Day, September 24, 2011. Admission is free.
Spawning Closure for Atlantic Herring September 16 - October 13, 2011
September 15, 2011-- Atlantic herring (sea herring) harvesters and dealers should be aware that herring spawning areas within the jurisdiction of New Hampshire will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on September 16, 2011, through midnight on October 13, 2011 (pursuant to Fis 603.07). It is unlawful to fish for, take, or possess unprocessed herring during this closure.
Stephen Kellert and David Sobel to Headline NH Children in Nature Conference Oct. 5
September 14, 2011– Stephen Kellert and David Sobel, two of the pioneering voices in the national children in nature movement, will be the featured speakers at the New Hampshire Children in Nature conference on October 5, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Cody Outdoor and Conference Center in Freedom, N.H.
Women-only Hunter Education Course Offered
September 14, 2011 -- Women who want to take Hunter Education and prefer learning in the company of other women can take advantage of a special Women-only Hunter Education Course offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department this fall.
Certain North Country Roads Closed to Hunters during Wind Turbine Construction
September 12, 2011 – Several roads near the site of the wind turbine project in Dummer, Millsfield, Odell, Dixville and Erving’s Location are currently closed and will remain closed this fall because of safety concerns related to employees and specialized equipment on site during the construction.
N.H. Fish and Game Commission, Legislators, Announce Joint Effort to Protect Landowners
September 8, 2011 -- At a press conference at the Legislative Office Building today, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission joined State Representative Gene Chandler and State Senator Andy Sanborn to call for a legislative solution to address the need for greater protection for landowners who leave their land open for outdoor recreation.
Free Outdoor Adventure Talk September 14: Calling Whitetails
September 8, 2011 -- Increase your odds of success hunting deer in New Hampshire this fall by coming to a free talk by hunting expert Dean Vanier on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.
New 2011-2012 N.H. Hunting Digest Is Out!
September 7, 2011 -- The 2011-2012 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest is hot off the press, featuring New Hampshire hunting season dates, bag limits, check stations and lots more need-to-know information for the state's hunters and trappers.
Free Outdoor Adventure Talk September 7 in Concord: Bird Dogs and Training
September 2, 2011 -- Get the basics on training your bird dog at a free hunting talk by David Trahan, a well-known gun dog trainer and field trials trainer, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required.
Public Meeting September 21 on Proposed Pine River Access Project in Ossipee
September 2, 2011 – N.H. Fish and Game will hold an "open house"-style public meeting on Wednesday, September 21, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and again from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ossipee Town Hall Gym in Center Ossipee, N.H., to gather public comment on a proposed public boat access project on the Pine River in Ossipee.
Educators: Schedule a Fall/Winter Classroom Wildlife Program by October 1
September 2, 2011 -- Educators who want to introduce their students in grades 3-6 to New Hampshire’s wildlife resources -- or reinforce wildlife-related lessons -- have until October 1 to request fall/winter 2011-2012 Wonders of Wildlife presentations by N.H. Fish and Game Department volunteer docents.
Volunteers Needed September 24 for New Wildlife Garden in Stratham
September 2, 2011 -- The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is creating a new backyard wildlife garden demonstration area on a new conservation property on the shores of Great Bay. A volunteer group work day has been set for Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering a chance for interested community members to get involved with the project.
Two Injured in Andover Trail Bike Crash
September 2, 2011 -- Two Andover residents, Jordan Ingram, age 24, and his passenger Dawn Dragon, age 42, were injured Thursday evening after their trail bike crashed on the Rail Trail between Andover and Franklin, N.H. Trail bikes are prohibited on that section of the trail.
Media, Community Leaders, Invited to Join Executive Councilor Ray Burton for Fish and Game Carroll County Tour on September 7, 2011
August 30, 2011 -- News media, outdoor writers and community leaders are invited to join District 1 Executive Councilor Raymond Burton and Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau on September 7 for a tour of several Fish and Game facilities, projects and partnerships in the Carroll County area.
“Let’s Go Fishing” Program Seeks Volunteer Fishing Instructors
August 29, 2011 – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's “Let’s Go Fishing” program is currently seeking volunteer instructors to teach ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing to youth and adults. Get certified to be an instructor at training sessions coming up this fall at Fish and Game.
Registration Opens for NH Children in Nature Conference October 5: "Where the Children Play: Discovering, Creating and Using Outdoor Spaces"
August 29, 2011– Registration is now open for the New Hampshire Children in Nature conference "Where the Children Play: Discovering, Creating and Using Outdoor Spaces" on October 5, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Cody Outdoor and Conference Center in Freedom, N.H.
Fish and Game: Be Out of the Woods and Off the Water by Saturday Evening
August 26, 2011 – The State of New Hampshire will experience a significant weather event this weekend, including the possibility of hurricane force winds. Due to the severity of this storm, N.H. Fish and Game Department Executive Director Glenn Normandeau is urging all outdoor enthusiasts to be out of the woods, off the water and headed for home by Saturday evening.
NH Moose Permit Auction Results Even Better in 2011
August 26, 2011 -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire has announced results of a highly successful moose hunt permit auction this year, with 24 bids coming from seven states.
Free Outdoor Adventure Talk Aug. 31 in Concord: Hunting Dominant Bucks
August 25, 2011 -- Increase your odds of harvesting a whitetail this fall by attending a free talk that can help you improve your deer-hunting strategies. The talk will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.
Spiny Dogfish Fishery to Close Thursday, September 1, 2011
August 25, 2011 -- Commercial harvesters are advised that the allowable Northern Region spiny dogfish quota for the 2011/2012 fishing season is projected to be reached by August 31. Therefore, in accordance with Fis 603.19, the state fishery for spiny dogfish will be closed at 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2011.
Atlantic Herring Days Out Meeting September 12, 2011
August 25, 2011 -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Herring Section will hold a meeting on Monday, September 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth N.H., to discuss the allowable number of ‘days out’ for commercial herring harvesters.
New Hampshire Hearing September 14, 2011, on Northern Shrimp Draft Amendment 2
New Hampshire Fish and Game will host a hearing on September 14, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H., to gather public comment on the Draft Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Northern Shrimp.
Need a School or Club Fundraiser? Cash in by Selling the NH Fish & Wildlife Calendar!
August 24, 2011 – If you need a fall fundraiser for your school, club or group, try selling the 2012 New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife calendar this year. Sales benefit your group at the same time they help support the New Hampshire Fish and Game
Last Call for Hunter Education!
Hunting Season Is Here – Are You Ready?
August 22, 2011 -- With hunting season coming up fast, those who need hunter or bowhunter education classes to hunt this fall should sign up soon to get in on the remaining classes and field days for 2011.
Public Archery Ranges Available at Bear Brook State Park and Owl Brook Hunter Education Center
August 22, 2011 -- Bowhunters warming up for the September 15 deer and turkey archery season opener can practice their shooting skills at two N.H. Fish and Game Department facilities: a newly renovated woodland archery range at Bear Brook State Park and archery ranges at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.
2011-2012 N.H. Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Set
August 19, 2011 -- N.H. Fish and Game has set final season dates and bag limits for the 2011-12 waterfowl hunting season. The state's waterfowl seasons remain 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.
Free Outdoor Adventure Talk: Hunting Resident Canada Geese
August 19, 2011 – 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.
Fish and Game Commission Working to Strengthen Protections for Landowners
August 18, 2011 -- By unanimous vote at its August 17 meeting, the N.H. Fish and Game Commission will continue its work with members of the Legislature, other state agencies and interested organizations to strengthen protections in state law for landowners who leave their land open for recreational activities in New Hampshire.
Visit N.H. Fish and Game at the Fair! Exhibits at Hopkinton and Lancaster
August 16, 2011 -- While you’re having fun at the Hopkinton and Lancaster Fairs this Labor Day weekend, stop in and enjoy the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department exhibits – a great way to explore hunting, fishing and wildlife watching opportunities in our state.
National Hunting & Fishing Day Events in Concord and Holderness – Sept. 24, 2011
August 11, 2011 – Mark your calendars for this fall's biggest hunting and fishing event in the Granite State -- National Hunting and Fishing Day, September 24, 2011. It's a statewide celebration hosted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, featuring a Sporting Expo in Concord and an Open House with shooting and other hands-on activities at Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.
Free Outdoor Adventure Talks – Hunting Talk Series Starts August 24 in Concord, N.H.
August 9, 2011– Get primed for the fall hunting seasons at a series of evening talks by area hunting experts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from August 24-September 14, 2011, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, in Concord, N.H. Admission is free.
Pheasant Hunting Access at Mascoma WMA (Canaan) Will Be Restricted to North of River
August 9, 2011 -- As hunting seasons approach, N.H. Fish and Game alerts pheasant hunters that the southern portion of the Mascoma Wildlife Management Area in Canaan will not be accessible this year via the culvert and road that is typically used to cross the Mascoma River.
Snowmobile Vanity Decal Registrations Available
August 8, 2011-- Vanity snowmobile registration decals for the registration year that started July 1 are available for New Hampshire resident snowmobile owners. The deadline for submitting applications is October 14.
Statement from Glenn Normandeau Regarding Tree Stand Injury Lawsuit
August 4, 2011 -- Fish and Game, while substantially funded by sportsmen's dollars, is still a state agency, not an independent private organization, and therefore our ability to intercede in this case or advocate for a particular outcome is limited. Read more...
Public Hearing on Proposed Oyster Aquaculture Operation August 25, 2011
August 4, 2011 -- N.H. Fish and Game will hold a public hearing on a proposed marine aquaculture application for licensing on Thursday, August 25, 2011, at 9:00 AM at the Department’s Region 3 Office: 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H.
N.H. Fish and Game Commission to Study Landowner Liability Statutes
August 3, 2011 - Following a special meeting of the N.H. Fish and Game Commission on July 28, 2011, members of the Commission will be taking a look at ways to strengthen current statues related to landowner liability.
Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set
August 1, 2011 - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has finalized the 2011 hunting season dates and bag limits for early season migratory game birds, with a few changes from last year, including extended seasons for woodcock and snipe.
Waterfowl Season Meeting Set for August 17, 2011
August 1, 2011 – 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.
New Hampshire Environmental Literacy Plan Available for Comment
August 1, 2011 - A draft Environmental Literacy Plan for New Hampshire is now available for public review and comment. The Environmental Literacy Plan creates a pathway for achieving statewide environmental literacy and is a required element for federal funding based on the pending No Child Left Inside Legislation.
Free Workshop on Ruffed Grouse Hunting
July 26, 2011 – Get set for the fall grouse season at a free workshop on Ruffed Grouse Hunting on Saturday, August 20, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Pre-registration is required.
N.H. Moose Hunt Auction Bid Deadline Is August 3
July 26, 2011 -- The deadline for the 2011 N.H. Moose Hunt Auction is fast approaching. To get in on the bidding, visit http://www.nhwildlifefoundation.org, where you can find information on how to download official bid documents. Bid deadline is August 3, 2011.
Atlantic Herring Days Out Meeting August 1, 2011
July 26, 2011 -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Herring Section will hold a meeting on August 1, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., to discuss the allowable number of ‘days out’ for commercial herring harvesters, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Old Town, 901 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia. Those of the public who cannot attend the meeting may participate by calling in. Click here for more information.
Women’s Intermediate Fly Fishing Workshop – Sept 23-25, 2011
July 25, 2011 – Women who have learned the basics of fly-fishing and are looking to build their skills have an exciting chance to learn more about this time-honored sport at a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) intermediate fly-fishing weekend workshop on September 23-25, 2011, at The Sportsman’s Lodge in Stewartstown, N.H.
Volunteers Needed July 30 for Archery Target Project at Bear Brook State Park
July 22, 2011 -- Eagle Scout candidate James Kirk, age 17, of Hampstead, N.H., is planning a volunteer work day on Saturday, July 30, at Bear Brook State Park to build and replace targets on the archery range managed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Free Introduction to Fishing Class Offered at Umbagog
July 22, 2011 – The N.H. Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program and the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge are teaming up present a free one-day introduction to fishing program on Friday, August 12, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Umbagog Lake Campground on Route 26 in Cambridge, N.H.
NH Children in Nature Conference October 5: "Where the Children Play: Discovering, Creating and Using Outdoor Spaces"
July 22, 2011 – If you’re interested in finding ways to encourage kids and families to get outside and more involved with the natural world, plan to attend the New Hampshire Children in Nature conference "Where the Children Play: Discovering, Creating and Using Outdoor Spaces" on October 5, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Cody Outdoor and Conference Center in Freedom, N.H.
Free Workshop on Crow Hunting Offered – August 13 in Holderness
July 21, 2011 -- Just in time for the fall crow hunting season, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is offering hunters a free workshop on crow hunting on Saturday, August 13, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.
Last Call for “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Waterfowl Hunting Weekend
July 21, 2011 – There's still room for a few adventurous women interested in learning how to hunt waterfowl at an exciting new Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshop led by Fish Game waterfowl biologists and seasoned waterfowl hunters from Ducks Unlimited. The session is set for August 12-14, 2011, at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, N.H.
Teen Injured in Hunting-Related Shooting Incident in Peterborough
July 20, 2011-- The evening of July 19, 16-year-old Cody Boutwell of Peterborough shot his 16-year-old companion Matthew Sandquist of Greenfield while hunting coyotes. Neither young man had a hunting license.
Public Hearing July 26 on Proposed 2012 Fishing Rules
July 13, 2011 -- Proposed changes to the state's freshwater fishing rules for 2012 will be the topic of a public hearing on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301.
Test Results Show Spofford Lake Fish Kill Likely a Result of Common Aquatic Bacteria
July 7, 2011 – Test results from fish sampling suggest the recent Spofford Lake fish kill resulted from the presence of a common aquatic bacteria combined with a time of year when fish in the lake were stressed from spawning activity and warm water temperatures.
Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits Now Available
July 6, 2011 -- Hunters who want the chance to take additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire during the fall hunting seasons can now buy a special permit from the NH Fish and Game Department.
"The Best of Warden's Watch" Book Event – Laconia Library July 14
July 5, 2011 -- Hear firsthand about "The Best of Warden's Watch," a humorous new book that explores the day-to-day adventures of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers, at a book event on Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Library (695 Main Street, Laconia).
Public Information Meeting July 12 on Proposed Fish Habitat Project in Harrisville Pond
July 1, 2011 -- NH Fish and Game's Inland Fisheries Division will hold a Public Information Meeting at the Harrisville, N.H., Town Office from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, to discuss a proposed fish habitat project in Harrisville Pond that involves adding recycled whole Christmas trees to selected areas of the pond to improve underwater structure for fish.
Public Scoping Meeting July 22 in Portsmouth on Additional Measures to Reduce Entanglement Risk with Vertical Lines for Large Whales
July 1, 2011 – NH Fish and Game will host a scoping meeting for the public to provide input on the development of conservation measures intended to reduce the risk of serious injury and mortality of large whales due to entanglements in the vertical lines of commercial trap/pot and gillnet fishing gear; it will be held on Friday, July 22, at 5:00 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 1190 Lafayette Road, in Portsmouth, NH.
NH Saltwater Recreational Fishing License Fee Changes to $11 as of July 1
June 29, 2011 -- As of July 1, 2011, the fee saltwater anglers pay to get a N.H. Saltwater Recreational Fishing License will be $11. The mid-year change results from Legislative action carried out by the recently passed budget bill (House Bill 2), which sets the license cost at $10; the standard $1 agent fee brings the total cost to $11.
Sign Up for “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Waterfowl Hunting Weekend
June 27, 2011 -- Women who are interested in learning how to hunt waterfowl can now sign up for a new Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) weekend workshop set for August 12-14, 2011, at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, N.H.
Free Youth Day Programs at Owl Brook: Shooting Sports, Archery, More!
June 24, 2011 -- There is still room in the free summer youth day programs being offered in July and August at N.H. Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. These programs offer boys and girls age 10-15 a chance to learn about the shooting sports, hunting, bowhunting and other outdoor skills.
N.H. Moose Hunt Auction Now Accepting Bids: Deadline Is August 3
June 22, 2011 -- If you didn't win a permit in the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery this year, you still have a chance to get in on the adventure of a lifetime. The 2011 N.H. Moose Hunt Auction is underway at www.nhwildlifefoundation.org, where you can find information on how to participate and download official bid documents.
Connor Pond Cartop Boat Access in Ossipee, N.H., Closed for Repairs
June 22, 2011 – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's boat access facility on Connor Pond in Ossipee, N.H., is currently closed for repairs and improvements for approximately three weeks.
N.H. Spring Gobbler Season Results
June 21, 2011 -- The numbers are in from the 2011 spring gobbler season, reflecting a successful harvest for N.H. turkey hunters. The preliminary total for the spring gobbler harvest for the state was 3,672 turkeys.
Send the Kids to Fishing Camp – July 31-August 5
June 21, 2011 -- What could be more fun for a kid than learning how to fish while spending a week at summer camp? A special week-long overnight session at Barry Conservation Camp gives youth the chance to become better anglers as they work with trained Let's Go Fishing staff and volunteer instructors. To sign up for the Fishing Camp week or other 2011 summer programs at Barry Conservation Camp, go to http://extension.unh.edu/4H/4HCamps.htm.
Trout Take Flight – to New Hampshire's Remote Ponds
June 17, 2011 – This week, some brook trout took to the air for distribution into remote ponds in New Hampshire. Every year, N.H. Fish and Game contracts a helicopter to stock 48 remote ponds with brook trout fingerlings from New Hampton Hatchery.
Lucky Day for 2011 NH Moose Hunt Permit Winners
June 17, 2011 -- The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 395 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October. They are the lucky winners in the state's annual moose permit lottery drawing, held today with great fanfare at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Spiny Dogfish Season and Trip Limits Set; Season Begins July 1
June 10, 2011– Commercial landing restrictions for spiny dogfish harvested in New Hampshire waters were announced today. Spiny dogfish may be harvested in state waters from July 1 through April 30 or until the northern region quota has been taken; there is a 3,000-pound trip limit.
Summer 2011 Fishing Classes Offered
June 9, 2011 – The sunny days of summer are here, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, in partnership with other groups, will be offering several basic fishing and fly fishing classes. Classes are free unless otherwise noted. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your space.
Kayak Tours of Great Bay Offered at Great Bay Discovery Center, Greenland
June 8, 2011 -- Experience New Hampshire's Great Bay Estuary by kayak this summer, guided by staff of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Upcoming kayak tours offer a chance to enjoy the rich ecological diversity and fascinating cultural history of the estuary as you paddle the tides and currents of Great Bay.
Trailer Boaters Warned to Avoid Use of Connecticut River Boat Ramps in Claremont, Haverhill and Orford, N.H.
June 8, 2011 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department today warned people with trailered boats to avoid using the following boat ramps on the Connecticut River until further notice: Ashley Ferry Boat Ramp in Claremont, Bedell Bridge Boat Ramp in Haverhill, and the boat access site in Orford.
Fish and Game Announces Conservation Officers of the Year
June 07, 2011 -- Two N.H. Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers were recently honored as New Hampshire's Conservation Officers of the Year – Conservation Officer Brad Morse of Holderness, and Conservation Officer Todd Szewczyk of Hollis.
Register Now for N.H. “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Fall Workshop
June 6, 2011 – Women who want to learn outdoor skills can sign up now for New Hampshire’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) fall weekend workshop, which takes place September 9-11, 2011, at Rockywold/Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness, N.H.
“Citizen Conservationists” Asked to Report N.H. Wild Turkey Brood Sightings
June 1, 2011 -- If you see young wild turkey broods in New Hampshire this spring and summer, the N.H. Fish and Game Department would like to hear about them. Fish and Game has created a new web-based turkey brood survey and is inviting the public to report their sightings during June, July and August, at www.wildnh.com/turkeybroodsurvey.
Public Hearing June 15 on Proposed 45-day Woodcock Season
May 31, 2011 -- A public hearing on a proposed 45-day hunting season for woodcock in New Hampshire will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.
Bear that Injured Center Harbor Woman Has Been Killed
May 26, 2011 – The black bear believed to have injured a Center Harbor, N.H., woman this week has been killed, the N.H. Fish and Game Department reported today. The bear was a large adult male that exhibited extremely aggressive behavior.
Endangered Piping Plovers Present on N.H. Beaches this Memorial Day Weekend
May 23, 2011 -- The breeding season for the state-endangered and federally threatened piping plover shorebirds is underway on New Hampshire beaches. Beach-goers are asked to be aware that plovers are present this upcoming Memorial Day weekend and take caution to protect them now and throughout the summer months.
Woman Injured by Bear in Center Harbor
May 23, 2011 – A 55-year-old Center Harbor woman, Jacqueline Berghorn, was injured outside her home by a black bear about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Her injuries were not life-threatening.
Turtle Shells No Match for Tires -- Give Turtles a Brake
May 20, 2011 -- One of the signs of spring in N.H. is seeing turtles migrating to nesting habitat. Help them survive by slowing down and keeping an eye out for turtles crossing the roads in coming weeks. Turtle nesting season in N.H. typically lasts from late May into early July.
Atlantic Coast and Hampton Harbor Shellfishing Closed Because of “Red Tide”
May 19, 2011 -- To protect the public from the possible consumption of contaminated shellfish, officials from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department have closed New Hampshire’s Atlantic coastal waters, and the waters of Hampton/Seabrook Harbor, to the taking of all species of molluscan shellfish (mussels, clams and oysters) until further notice.
Fishing in New Hampshire is Big…REALLY Big
May 17, 2011 -- How big is fishing in New Hampshire? REALLY big, according to a new postcard campaign by the N.H. Fish and Game Department. A parody postcard making the rounds features old-time fishermen in a rowboat, reeling in a much bigger fish than they bargained for.
Help Maintain Angling Access:
Tips for Anglers on Good Landowner Relations
May 17, 2011 -- Fishing is a New Hampshire tradition, one that those in the angling community want to pass on to future generations. With greater than 70% of New Hampshire’s land under private ownership, much of the state's shoreline and stream fishing access is on private property. Anglers are reminded that access to private land is a privilege provided through the generosity of landowners.
Catch the King -- Broodstock Salmon Anglers Are Ready for Action
May 12, 2011 – N.H. Fish and Game has some good news for anglers setting their sights on "catching the King" of fish this spring. More than 750 Atlantic broodstock salmon will be released this spring.
Four Honored for Commitment to Fish and Wildlife Conservation
May 9, 2011 -- Four New Hampshire citizens and organizations have been recognized by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission with Awards of Excellence for their efforts in the conservation field in support of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s mission: Mike Normandin of Belmont; the Great Bay Stewards; the Strafford Rivers Conservancy; and Peter St. James of Warner.
May 3 Named Bernard “Buck” Corson Day in N.H.
May 3, 2011 -- Governor John Lynch and the Executive Council have honored Contoocook resident Buck Corson, former Director and 30-year employee of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, by declaring May 3, 2011, the first day of turkey hunting season, as Bernard “Buck” Corson Day. He served at the Department from 1947 to 1977.
Leave Young Animals Alone -- Keep Wildlife Wild
April 28, 2011 – With the early spring weather, people are getting outside more, and some are observing young animals. If you encounter wildlife, even young animals that appear to need help, please remember that the kindest -- and safest -- thing to do is to leave them alone and let nature take its course.
Fish and Game Withdraws Proposed 3-Point Antler Restriction in WMU-A
April 28, 2011 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department has withdrawn its proposal to establish a 3-point antler restriction in Wildlife Management Unit A in northern New Hampshire, choosing instead to monitor the herd and revisit management options for 2012.
Tips for Turkey Hunters on Good Landowner Relations
April 28, 2011 -- Hunters getting out for New Hampshire's spring turkey season (May 3-31) and youth turkey hunt weekend (April 30-May 1) can do a lot to help promote positive landowner relations, says Charles Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. A few basic strategies can make a world of difference.
Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H. Announces 2011 Grant Awards
April 22, 2011 -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire has announced its first round of grant awards to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for 2011.
New Hampshire and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will partner with landowners to restore New England cottontail habitat
April 21, 2011 -- An agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State of New Hampshire will help restore habitat on private and state-owned lands for the New England cottontail during the next 50 years.
Designated Trout and Fly-Fishing-Only Ponds Open Saturday, April 23, 2011
April 14, 2011 -- Fishing in New Hampshire's designated trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens this year on Saturday, April 23, offering anglers the chance to experience exciting fishing in some of the Granite State's most scenic surroundings.
Young Weare Artist Earns Top Honors in State Jr. Duck Stamp Contest
April 13, 2011 – Michaella Wiss, age 16, of Weare, N.H., has taken top honors among young N.H. artists in the 2011 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. Wiss’s oil painting of a northern shoveler, entitled “Taking a Dip,” was chosen from among 81 entries.
"Pulling Together" to Help Combat Invasive Plants:
WeedWrenches Available for Free Loan
April 12, 2011 -- Groups working to combat invasive plants on the seacoast can now borrow some tough "WeedWrenching" tools. The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has announced a new invasive plant removal tool loan program funded by the Lamprey River Advisory Committee.
N.H. Fish and Game Commission Resolution Supports LCHIP
CONCORD, N.H. -- The N.H. Fish and Game Commission unanimously passed a resolution supporting the work and accomplishments of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, commonly known as LCHIP, at their March meeting.
New N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary Available
April 11, 2011 -- Wildlife biologists from N.H. Fish and Game have finished tabulating the final numbers for the 2010 hunting seasons, and results are now available in the new report "2010 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary," available at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunting.htm.
New Spring Cod Closure Area
April 5, 2011 -- An area off the coast of New Hampshire will be closed to the use of recreational and commercial gear capable of catching cod in May and June of 2011. Starting in 2012, the closure will be effective from April through June.
Three N.H. Biologists Receive U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species Recovery Champion Award
March 18, 2011 – Wildlife biologists Heidi Holman and Lindsay Webb of the N.H. Fish and Game Department and Steve Fuller, formerly of Fish and Game, have received the 2010 Recovery Champion award from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for their work in restoring Karner blue butterflies and their habitat.
Beyond "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Programs for 2011
March 9, 2011 – Watch for four special Beyond "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" (BOW) programs this year that will give women a chance to explore outdoor topics such as firearms, deep sea fishing, waterfowl hunting and fly-fishing.
Online Hunter Education Course a Valuable Option for Certification
March 7, 2011– N.H. Fish and Game's Online Hunter Education course and Field Day option is an attractive alternative for busy people who are motivated to learn the material on their own and who are not able to attend the traditional multi-day classroom course.
2010 N.H. Trophy Fish Winners Announced
March 3, 2011 -- Don Miller, Fisheries Biologist and Trophy Fish Program Coordinator, has announced the winners of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s 2010 New Hampshire Trophy Fish Program. For list of winning anglers and their catches, visit www.fishnh.com/Fishing/trophy_fish_2010.html.
Closure Date Set for Northern Shrimp Fishery
February 18, 2011 – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section today took emergency action to approve an early closure for the 2010/2011 northern shrimp season. In response, N.H. Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau announced that the northern shrimp season in New Hampshire waters will be closed as of Monday, February 28, 2011, at 11:59 p.m.
Flap over Parrots Is Serious Business
February 17, 2011 -- The parrots owned by some Granite State residents are a serious matter. These monk parakeets, also known as Quaker parrots, are an exotic invasive species with the potential to cause serious problems.
New Book Available from N.H. Fish and Game: "The Best of Warden's Watch"
February 9, 2011 -- A new book hot off the press from N.H. Fish and Game takes a light-hearted look at the serious, strenuous work of Fish and Game Conservation Officers. Available for $9.95 at www.wildnh.com/Shop/shop_books.htm.
Recent Promotions at N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement
January 31, 2011 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has announced several recent promotions in its Law Enforcement Division. Captain John Wimsatt of Northwood; Lt. Jim Juneau of Gilmanton; Sgt. David Walsh of Antrim; Sgt. Scott LaCrosse of Loudon; and Sgt. Brian Abrams of Conway.
Non-native Fish Species Identified in New Hampshire Waters
State biologists warn against non-native introductions
January 18, 2011 — The state departments of Environmental Services and Fish and Game announced today the discovery of the rosyside dace (Clinostomus funduloides), a non-native species of fish previously unknown in New Hampshire. The species was found inhabiting Hewes Brook, a tributary of the Connecticut River in Lyme.
First-ever N.H.-Vermont Reciprocal Snowmobile Weekend January 21-23, 2011
January 10, 2011 -- Snowmobile enthusiasts will have a chance to explore some new territory the weekend of January 21-23, 2011 (Friday through Sunday), during the first-ever annual New Hampshire-Vermont reciprocal snowmobile weekend.
Register Now for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Workshop - Feb. 19, 2011
January 10, 2011 -- Registration is now open for the 2011 Winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop, a one-day program for women to learn outdoor skills for winter activities. The Winter BOW workshop will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at N.H. Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.
Snowshoe Hare Hunting Workshop – Saturday, January 29, 2011, in Holderness
January 7, 2011 -- Learn about the exciting sport of snowshoe hare hunting at a free workshop being offered at N.H. Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H., on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Pre-registration required. To register, call the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 603-536-3954.
Special Meeting of N.H. Fish and Game Commission Set for January 12, 2011
January 5, 2011 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Commission will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., in the West Conference Room at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H.
Nashua Woman Injured in Snowmobile Crash in Dixville, N.H.
January 5, 2011 -- On January 4 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Celia M. Lingley, age 48, of Nashua, N.H., was involved in a snowmobile crash in Dixville, N.H. Lingley was injured when she lost control of her snowmobile while attempting to navigate icy trails.