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Funding the NH Fish and Game Department


Keep Fish and Game operating! The state budget has passed the House and is now in the State Senate. Contact your Senator today and tell them how Fish and Game is a part of your life. Find your Senator.


Urge them to:


  • Keep $750,000 a year in General Funds in the Fish and Game budget for FY 16-17;
  • Support the proposed $5 boat registration fee for the Fish and Game Fund;
  • Give the Fish and Game Executive Director and Commission authority to set hunting and fishing license and permit fees.
Celebrating 150 Years




The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department uses revenue from fishing and hunting license fees, federal funds and other sources to accomplish its broad mission of conserving, managing and protecting the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats; informing and educating the public; and providing opportunities for people to use and appreciate these resources.


Fish and Game’s budget sustains the full range of habitat and fish and wildlife management tasks, plus conservation education, law enforcement, search and rescue, assessing the impact of development projects on wildlife, and more. All of these functions are essential to ensure that we can effectively serve the wildlife and people of New Hampshire.


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department faces a major funding shortfall. The Department is funded through the end of the current biennium (June 30, 2015), but without legislative action, Fish and Game will not be able to adequately fulfill its responsibilities going forward.



BirdwatchingPrecedent Has Been Set: In 2013, the Legislature provided General Funding in the budget to keep the Fish and Game Department whole in the current biennium, which ends on June 30, 2015. Fish and Game received State General Funds in the amount of $699,000 for FY 14 and $893,000 for FY 15.


As work proceeds on the FY 16-17 budget, a similar transfer, and revenue from other sources, will be needed to allow the Department to fulfill its obligations as trustee of the state's wildlife.


The Legislative Commission to Study Opportunities and Options to Improve the Sustainability of the Fish and Game Department recommended that the Fish and Game Commission be granted authority to set and adjust license fees. It also recommended that some support for Fish and Game come from the General Fund or another revenue source.



All Citizens Benefit from Fish and Game Services


A strong commitment is needed from the public and the Legislature to keep the state's fish and wildlife agency strong and effective. We've made a big difference for New Hampshire's wildlife and wild places over the past 150 years. Let's make sure the Department is here to conserve wildlife and promote outdoor recreation into the future. Thanks for your support.