New Hampshire to Hold Hearings on Proposed Season Changes

Posted by admin On March - 29 - 2010

Fish and Game officials in New Hampshire want to hear what hunters are thinking about the new proposed season regulation changes that are being considered for this year.

There will be three hearings held by the New Hampshire Wildlife Division in early April, which will give hunters, trappers and others a chance to air their opinions about the suggested changes.

The hearings have been scheduled in Lancaster on April 5 at the Fish and Game Department office and another at Keene High School on April 6. The final hearing will be held April 8 at the Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. All the hearings have a start time of 6:30 p.m.

For those of you out there who do not know about the proposed changes, they include reducing the deer hunt as well as reducing the number of moose hunting permits and also to open the trapping season two weeks earlier in northern New Hampshire.

The deer hunting reduction is being attributed to the last two severe winters that have crushed the area. Because of this, Fish and Game has suggested the state take a more conservative approach to the hunting season this year. There is a chart comparing the proposed hunt to last years available at Fish and Games website here.

In addition, the department is considering restricting September hunting to taking of antlered deer only.

There is also a suggestion for management unit M to allow up to 4,000 hunters to purchase special antlerless deer permits, with the option to purchase a second permit at the time of the initial purchase. Last year, there were just 6,000 permits available in that management unit, so get in line early.

The restrictions on the moose permits, which are proposed to allow 395 to be issued this year and next year as compared to 515 in 2009, is being proposed in consideration in the changes in New Hampshire’s regional moose populations.

You can find a comparison of past and proposed moose permit allocation by region by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

There are also proposals to increase turkey hunting because of the continued growing population of that species. No changes are being proposed for bear hunting or small game seasons.

You can check out the entire official document regarding the changes by looking over this PDF. If you have an opinion about these matters, or want to learn more about the proposals, we suggest you make a point of getting over to one of the hearings listed above.

If you can not make the scheduled meeting times, the department is also accepting written comments via postal delivery, fax or email. They must be received by April 28. Send comments to comments@wildlife.nh.gov and use “Comments on Wildlife Rules” as your subject.

You can fax a letter to 603 271 1438 or you can write to:

Executive Director
N.H. Fish and Game Department
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

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