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Director’s Message

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The Outdoors Is Calling

Fall is my favorite time of year in New Hampshire for many reasons, including great hunting opportunity. Each autumn I look forward to getting out in the woods. I grew up hunting and would like to see the tradition passed down to future generations. Hunting numbers are declining across the United States, so consider sharing your knowledge with a friend or family member.

There is nothing like the peace and solitude in the woods or field on a crisp fall morning scoping out your hunting ground. From geese to deer to moose and grouse, there is much for hunters to experience in the Granite State. Whatever your preference, take opportunities and seasons are largely the same as last year.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works hard year round to conserve the wildlife species and their habitat in the state for all residents and visitors to use and enjoy. Bear and deer harvests in 2019 were strong, and this spring’s turkey season set a record. Check out the Wildlife Harvest Summary to learn more at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/hunting/harvest-summary.html.

We are still monitoring for Chronic Wasting Disease and fortunately New Hampshire continues to remain free of the disease, which is devastating to deer. Please help keep CWD from entering the state by not using natural urine-based deer lures. These have the potential to spread the infection. The lures do not undergo any quality control or treatment that might inactivate or kill disease-causing agents, and the infective protein can persist in the environment for years. Learn more about keeping New Hampshire CWD free on Chronic Wasting Disease.

It promises to be another great year. Thanks for hunting in New Hampshire and be safe. Always be sure of your target, clean up after yourself, and display good sportsmanship. Remember, you are a guest of the landowner; treat the land with respect and express your appreciation and you will always be welcome. See you outdoors!

Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

N.H. Fish and Game Department

N.H. Fish and Game — Our Mission

As the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife, and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:

  • Conserve, manage, and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department receives Federal Assistance from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, please contact or write the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, 4001 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR – 4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Programs.