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NH Fish and Game Newsroom - 2017

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Help Earn a Matching Grant for the Nongame Program

April 27, 2017

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to support its 2017 appeal for its Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.

Reminder: Discover WILD NH Day, 4/29

April 26, 2017

Get in on the fun at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Free admission!

Moose Lottery Deadline is May 26, 2017

April 25, 2017

Whether you're applying online or with a paper application, don't wait until the last minute to apply! The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery is May 26, 2017.

Access to Ossipee Lake Boat Ramp (Pine River/Route 25) Remains Closed

April 25, 2017

The trailered boat ramp, kayak/canoe access and dock at the public boat ramp facility on Pine River (off Route 25) that provides access to Ossipee Lake in Ossipee, NH, will remain closed while the NH Fish and Game Department finishes refurbishments. The ramp is currently closed, with no opportunity to launch or retrieve boats.

Proposed Number of Moose Hunt Permits Announced

April 24, 2017

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has proposed to reduce statewide moose hunt permit issuance from 71 in 2016 to 51 in 2017.

2016 NH Wildlife Harvest Summary Available

April 24, 2017

The 2016 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary is available online.

NH Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Set

April 21, 2017

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has set final season dates and bag limits for the 2017-18 waterfowl hunting season, after considering comments from sportsmen at a recent public meeting.

Moose Photo Survey 5/1 - 5/15

April 20, 2017

As part of its ongoing efforts to monitor New Hampshire's moose, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to participate in a spring moose survey and submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through May 15, 2017.

Read the latest NH Fishing Report

April 20, 2017

Read the latest NH Fishing Report...

Free Fishing Day - Saturday, June 3

April 19, 2017

Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

One-day Closure of Boat Ramp at Wellington State Park (Newfound Lake)

April 19, 2017

The public boat access facility to Newfound Lake at Wellington State Park in Bristol, NH, will be closed on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, while the seasonal dock is installed.

Youth Turkey Weekend is April 29-30, 2017

April 18, 2017

New Hampshire's 2017 youth turkey hunt is coming up on Saturday/Sunday April 29-30, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway on May 3.

NH Coastal Lobster Trap Cleanup Set for Saturday, April 29

April 18, 2017

If you're out for a walk on New Hampshire's beaches on Saturday, April 29, 2017, you may see more activity than usual. Commercial fishermen and others will be out that day collecting lobster traps and other fishing gear that winter storms have washed up on the beaches and shoreline.

Commission Announces Awards of Excellence

April 17, 2017

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission recently honored several individuals with 2016 Commission Awards of Excellence for outstanding efforts in the conservation field in support of the NH Fish and Game Department's mission.

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, April 29, 2017

April 14, 2017

NH Fish and Game's biggest event of the year is almost here! Get in on the fun at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Free admission!

New Hampshire's Turkey Hunting Season Approaching

April 13, 2017

N.H. Fish and Game Turkey Biologist Ted Walski predicts a possible record harvest in the upcoming 2017 spring gobbler season. The spring turkey hunt opens on Wednesday, May 3, and runs through Wednesday, May 31, statewide.

Free Outdoor Adventure Talk: Turkey Hunting 101

April 13, 2017

Join seasoned turkey hunters Carter Heath and Fred Bird for a special Turkey Hunting 101 seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required.

Scholarships Available for Fall BOW Workshop

April 10, 2017

Several scholarships are available to defray the cost of attending New Hampshire's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) fall weekend workshop.

Registration Opens for "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Deep Sea Fishing Adventure

April 10, 2017

Registration opens April 10 for an exciting day of deep sea fishing off New Hampshire's coast with the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

Designated Trout and Fly-Fishing-Only Ponds Open April 22

April 7, 2017

Fishing in New Hampshire's designated trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens on the fourth Saturday in April.

Interactive Workshops Offered for Early Childhood Professionals

April 7, 2017

Two award-winning early childhood resources for educators and care providers of young children are being offered together as one workshop in New Hampshire.

North Woods Law: NH - First Season Wraps Up

April 6, 2017

Get set for a North Woods Law binge this Sunday! The season finale of Animal Planet's popular new television show featuring the Conservation Officers and wildlife biologists of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will air at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Paddling Film Festival at Red River Theatres

April 6, 2017

See the best canoe and kayak adventure films from around the world at the Reel Paddling Film Festival.

Hiking Season Is Here! Buy Your Hike Safe Card

April 5, 2017

As you make plans to get outside to hike, bike, kayak or climb, be sure you have your 2017 Hike Safe card.

Beginning Fly-Fishing Class Offered in Concord

April 5, 2017

An upcoming fly fishing program offers a chance to learn about the traditional and timeless sport of fly-fishing.

Free Talk: Get to Know NH Raptors

April 4, 2017

Learn about birds of prey - and see live birds! - at a free talk with Kevin Wall of New Hampshire Audubon at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

Take a Kid Hunting on Youth Turkey Weekend

April 3, 2017

New Hampshire's 2017 youth turkey hunt will take place Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway.

Outdoor Talk on Trolling the Big Lakes Postponed

March 31, 2017

Fish and Game's outdoor talk with Scott Jackson (trolling the big lakes), originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, has been POSTPONED. There will not be a talk that evening at Fish and Game.

Spring Fish Stocking Underway

March 31, 2017

Stocking trucks are now rolling! New Hampshire hatcheries have close to one million catchable-size trout ready for this season.

New Issue of NH Wildlife Journal

March 30, 2017

Not a subscriber to New Hampshire Wildlife Journal? The magazine is published 6 times a year by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Subscriptions are just $12 for one year -- that's 40% off the cover price -- or $20 for two years. A great gift idea!

2016 New Hampshire Trophy Fish Winners

March 29, 2017

Fisheries Biologist and Trophy Fish Program Coordinator John Viar has announced the winners of the 2016 New Hampshire Trophy Fish Program.

Cancelled - Talk on Trolling the Big Lakes

March 29, 2017

*****POSTPONED****** Please join us at our next free talk.

Remove Bobhouses by April 1

March 28, 2017

Attention ice anglers: All bobhouses must be removed from the ice no later than the end of the day on April 1. Use all precautions to ensure your safety when taking bobhouses off lakes and ponds.

Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout Fishing, April 1

March 27, 2017

April 1 marks the start of the open-water fishing season on New Hampshire's large lakes managed for landlocked salmon and lake trout.

Discover WILD NH Day, 4/29

March 24, 2017

Bring the family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's biggest community event of the year!

Enter the New Hampshire Moose Hunt Lottery

March 24, 2017

If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time to enter the lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime.

Spring Outdoor Adventure Talks

March 23, 2017

Jump start your spring outdoor adventures with these free talks being offered by the NH Fish and Game Department in April. Unless noted, the talks take place at 7 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. No pre-registration is required. Admission is free (except film festival). See the line-up, which now begins on April 11 with a talk on Raptors of New Hampshire.

Be Responsible in Bear Country - Take down Birdfeeders

March 22, 2017

Officials are asking the New Hampshire public to be responsible and remove bird feeders and secure other backyard attractants.

Report Wild Turkey Sightings through March 31

March 20, 2017

Wildlife watchers are reminded to report their winter wild turkey sightings through March 31.

NH Hearing on Atlantic Herring

March 20, 2017

The states of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum I to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring.

Rule Hearings on Proposed Permit Reduction for 2017 NH Moose Hunt

March 16, 2017

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold public hearings on proposed rules to reduce moose permit issuance for the 2017 moose season.

Summer Youth Programs at Owl Brook

March 15, 2017

Free youth day programs are being offered once again this summer at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

March 15th Commission Meeting Canceled

March 13, 2017

Due to the impending snow event the March 15th Commission meeting scheduled to take place at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, NH has been canceled.

Great Bay Discovery Center Seeks Exhibit Room Volunteers

March 13, 2017

The Great Bay Discovery Center is holding its annual exhibit room training for volunteers on April 14. The training runs from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and is for anyone who is interested in staffing the exhibit room in the Discovery Center.

Volunteer Educators Needed for Spring Natural History at GBDC

March 13, 2017

The Great Bay Discovery Center is holding its annual spring educator training on April 12 at the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road in Greenland, N.H. The training runs from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and includes a complete run-through of the actual school program offered April through June to students throughout the Seacoast region and beyond.

Lucky Winners of Striped Bass Survey Raffle

March 10, 2017

The winners of the 2016 striped bass survey raffle are announced.

Volunteers Needed for Habitat Restoration

March 9, 2017

The N.H. Fish and Game Department and UNH Cooperative Extension are seeking volunteers to help restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

Waterfowl Season Meeting Set for March 22

March 1, 2017

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public meeting on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2017-2018 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Snowmobile Skimmer and Water Skier Incident

February 28, 2017

An investigation began following the release of a dangerous stunt recorded on social media depicting a snow machine skimming on open water towing a water skier through the Weirs Beach Channel and beyond located in Laconia, N.H.

North Woods Law: New Hampshire Premiere

February 28, 2017

Don't miss it! The long-awaited television show produced for Animal Planet showcasing the work of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Law Enforcement and biological staff is scheduled to air at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Commission March Meeting Change

February 22, 2017

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at the Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, NH.

Wonders of Wildlife Docents Needed

February 17, 2017

Are you are interested in sharing your interest in wildlife and aquatic resources with New Hampshire schoolchildren? Then consider becoming a Wonders of Wildlife Program volunteer docent for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department! A new series of six docent training sessions begins March 16, 2017.

Ice Safety Awareness Urged as School Vacation Weeks Get Underway

February 17, 2017

With the start of Massachusetts and New Hampshire school vacations over the next two weeks, thousands of snowmobilers, ice anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts will be recreating in the Granite State.

Do Not Feed Deer

February 16, 2017

Although you may feel bad for deer and want to help, the Fish and Game Department would like to remind the public to NOT FEED DEER.

Night Rescue of Canadian Hiker from Mount Lafayette

February 15, 2017

A Canadian hiker lost in whiteout conditions on top of Mount Lafayette in the White Mountains would likely not have survived the night if he had not been rescued by an overnight search coordinated by NH Fish and Game.

North Woods Law: New Hampshire Premieres on Animal Planet

February 10, 2017

It's here at last! The long-awaited television show produced for Animal Planet showcasing the work of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Law Enforcement and Biological staff is slated to premiere in March.

Introductory Fly Tying Course Offered in Claremont

February 9, 2017

Interested in learning the art of fly tying? The NH Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing Program is offering a free five-week introductory course.

Ice Fishing Course Offered in Lancaster

February 8, 2017

Interested in learning how to ice fish? Then register for a free ice fishing program with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing program.

NH Wildlife Calendars - On Sale $5

February 3, 2017

There are still some 2017 NH Wildlife Calendars available.

Get the Latest Wildlife Journal Magazine

January 31, 2017

New Hampshire Wildlife Journal magazine contains no commercial advertising. Subscription revenue helps the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department conserve and manage the state's fish and wildlife, promote conservation education and maintain opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Granite State.

Tri-State Reciprocity Weekend Wrap Up

January 30, 2017

Thousands of snowmobilers from Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and beyond descended upon the trails of the North Country to enjoy the Tri-State Reciprocal Snowmobile Weekend (January 27-29), which allows snowmobiles legally registered in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to operate on trails in all three states.

Snowmobile Crash in Pittsburg, NH

January 26, 2017

Emergency crews responded to a snowmobile crash at Boundary Pond in the northernmost reaches of Pittsburg, NH.

2017 NH Moose Hunt Lottery Opens

January 25, 2017

New Hampshire's 2017 moose hunt lottery is now open. Enter today to try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime.

Moose Plates Help Fish and Wildlife

January 23, 2017

When you register your vehicle this year, show your support for New Hampshire's wildlife and wild places by buying a New Hampshire Conservation License Plate, or "Moose Plate."

Free Winter Ice Fishing Programs Offered

January 20, 2017

The temperatures are dropping, and lakes and ponds have formed some great ice this year. Now that the holidays are over, why not get outside and enjoy the New Hampshire winter by learning how to go ice fishing?

Legislative Subcommittee Meeting

January 20, 2017

There will be a NH Fish and Game Commission Legislative Subcommittee Meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 8:00 AM, in the Director's conference room, at Fish & Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Forest Bait Permits to Be Issued by Lottery

January 19, 2017

Beginning in 2017, permits to bait wildlife on the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Forest, a 146,400-acre property located in Pittsburg, Clarksville and Stewartstown, NH, will be awarded by a lottery administered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Region 1 Office in Lancaster, NH.

Special Ice Fishing Report

January 19, 2017

Welcome to a special "mid-January" edition of the New Hampshire Fishing Report.

"Hannah's Cookies" Push Barry Conservation Camp Building Fundraiser to Goal

January 19, 2017

Proceeds from a young camper's cookie sale have pushed the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire over its goal of meeting a $22,500 matching grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to build a dining hall/classroom addition at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, NH.

NH BOW Courses on Tap for 2017

January 18, 2017

New Hampshire's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program is offering an exciting lineup of courses in 2017 for women interested in learning outdoor skills.

Discover WILD NH Day Set for April 29

January 17, 2017

Save the date! The snow might be flying, but spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the NH Fish and Game Department's popular outdoor festival, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day. This free community event is set for Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Volunteers Needed for Winter Cottontail Rabbit Surveys

January 17, 2017

This winter, wildlife biologists need help from citizen science volunteers to conduct surveys for Eastern cottontail rabbits in southern New Hampshire. On February 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Newington, UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Fish and Game will train volunteers to collect pellets from Eastern cottontail rabbits, a known threat to the state-endangered New England cottontail.

Still Time to Grab a Calendar

January 13, 2017

For a limited time, you can still get a 2017 New Hampshire Wildlife Calendar, published by NH Fish and Game.

2016 Trophy Fish Program Entries Due by January 31

January 13, 2017

If you caught a big fish in 2016 and want to enter the NH Fish and Game Department's Trophy Fish Program, applications must be submitted by January 31.

First-ever Winter Free Fishing Day in NH

January 12, 2017

If you've always wanted to try ice fishing, take advantage of New Hampshire's first-ever winter free fishing day on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Still Room in Free Workshop

January 11, 2017

There's still room in the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's upcoming workshop where you can learn all about the exciting winter sport of snowshoe hare hunting. The free seminar will be held at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

Educators: Schedule a Free Spring Classroom Wildlife Program

January 10, 2017

Teachers who want to introduce their students in grades 3-6 to New Hampshire's wildlife resources -- or reinforce wildlife-related lessons they have learned -- have until February 28 to request spring Wonders of Wildlife presentations by trained New Hampshire Fish and Game Department volunteer docents. There is no charge for the programs.

BOW Winter Workshop Registration Opens

January 9, 2017

Registration is now open for New Hampshire's 2017 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Workshop, a one-day program where women learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months.

Stonehouse Forest Awarded $1 Million Federal Grant

January 6, 2017

The 1,500-acre Stonehouse Forest in Barrington, NH, just got one step closer to being a reality with the announcement of a $1 million Federal grant from the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

N.H. Candidates Sought for New England Fishery Management Council

January 6, 2017

The State of New Hampshire has been notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service of four vacancies for the New England Fishery Management Council's at-large seats, one of which is currently held by Peter Kendall of New Hampshire.

Great Bay Reserve Manager Honored

January 5, 2017

Surrounded by colleagues and partners from around the nation, Cory Riley, Reserve Manager for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, was recently awarded the prestigious "Award for Outstanding Contributions" to the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

Applicants Sought to Volunteer for Coverts Project Volunteer Training

January 5, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for this year's N.H. Coverts Project volunteer training workshop on May 3-6, 2017, at the Barbara C. Harris Conference Center in Greenfield.

NH Schoolyard Action Grants

January 4, 2017

Are you an educator with a project in mind to involve students in enhancing the schoolyard for wildlife habitat, connect students with the outdoors, and integrate nature into student learning in line with the curricula? Grants from the New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants are now available for schools with students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve to help fund such nature-based projects.

Time Change for January N.H. Fish and Game Commission Meeting

January 4, 2017

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission has announced a time change for its January meeting.

Winter Hiking Course Registration Opens

January 3, 2017

Registration is now open for New Hampshire's 2017 Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop, "Explore Winter Hiking."

Chopper Overhead Signals Moose Collaring Underway in Northern NH

January 3, 2017

Northern New Hampshire residents may see a helicopter overhead in the coming weeks as approximately 45 moose cows and calves are collared for the third year of a four-year study of moose mortality and productivity.

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