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Director's Message


It’s My Nature: 75 years of success,
a partnership for American wildlife

On September 2, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (now the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act). At a difficult time when the country was still reeling from an economic crash, Senator Key Pittman from Nevada and Congressman A. Willis Robertson co-sponsored the Pittman-Robertson bill for wildlife restoration, a radical, unprecedented law that paved the way for a stable, secure program of wildlife conservation across the nation, using an excise tax on sporting guns and ammunition to fund future wildlife restoration.

This Act fostered partnerships between federal and state fish and wildlife agencies, the sporting arms industry, conservation groups, and sportsmen and sportswomen to benefit wildlife, and has been key to implementing the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. In 1950, the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (now the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act) passed. Together, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program has contributed more than $10 billion to fish and wildlife conservation in the U.S.more than any other single conservation effort.

In 2012, we proudly observe 75 years of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs and the success of working through partnerships to conserve and manage fish and wildlife and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations, and supporting the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

With your support, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program will continue to conserve habitat for fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities for anglers, boaters, hunters, and shooters for the future. By purchasing your license, you are contributing to this important conservation work, and we thank you.



Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

NH Fish and Game Department

Regulations in red are new this year.

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