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Game Management Planning for the Future (2016-2025)

For the past year, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has been developing a new ten-year Game Management Plan. The current plan, which established a solid framework for future planning, expires at the end of 2015. The new plan established population goals and objectives for moose, deer, bear, wild turkey and other game species for the period 2016 through 2025. The final draft plan was presented for consideration by the Fish and Game Commission at their May 2015 meeting, and was unanimously adopted by the Commission at their June 2015 meeting.



The planning process involved preparation of background material as well as a variety of opportunities for public input. Game project leaders created comprehensive species assessments which provided background information on the history and management of game populations in New Hampshire.



A random telephone survey was completed in November of 2014 in support of this game management planning effort.  Similar surveys were conducted in support of our previous two plans. The survey provided valuable input from the public (including hunters) on a variety of game management related subjects. In addition, an internet based questionnaire about game management in New Hampshire was conducted online in January 2015. The questionnaire was modeled off our telephone survey, and provided an opportunity for constituents who did not participate in our telephone survey to provide input.


Game project leaders used this public input as well as current biological and species status information to develop an initial draft plan. Public comment on this initial draft was solicited at a series of five statewide evening public meetings held in March 2015. Input received at these meetings was considered in developing a revised draft plan. Public comment on this revised draft was gathered a two open house sessions held in April and was used to develop the final draft which was presented to and adopted by the Fish and Game Commission. The Department wishes to thank those who participated in the process of developing this plan which will guide game management efforts for the next 10 years.


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If you have any questions about the planning effort, please contact Dan Bergeron or Mark Ellingwood at (603) 271-2461.