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Hike Safe on the Trails This Fall

Lt. James Kneeland: (603) 744-5470
Col. Kevin Jordan: (603) 271-3128

October 4, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reminds outdoor enthusiasts to use caution on the trails. In recent years, Fish and Game has conducted an average of about 180 search and rescue missions annually. Proper planning and preparation before you go will help you have a safe and memorable trip, and will help you avoid becoming one of these statistics.


"It's a beautiful time of year to get out, but do be prepared with food, water, warm clothing and a light source, to mention just a few of the recommended essential items," said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Col. Kevin Jordan.


Resources for hiking preparation, including how to plan your trip and what to know if you're hiking with children or a group, can be found at


Hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a voluntary Hike Safe Card online at The annual card directly supports Fish and Game’s search and rescue activities. It exempts the card holder from search and rescue costs; however, under state law, Fish and Game can pursue reimbursement in some instances. Purchase of a New Hampshire hunting or fishing license or boat or OHRV registration also provides this coverage.


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