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Director’s Message

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Experience the Outdoor Adventure

Every year I look forward to the leaves changing and the first nip of cooler weather because that means fall hunting season. I grew up hunting and want to encourage others to enjoy this important part of New Hampshire’s heritage. If you are a hunter, consider sharing your knowledge and taking a friend, acquaintance, or relative with you. If you are new to the sport, a mentor can help you learn the ins and outs that much faster. The number of active hunters in the state is declining, so why not help the sport you care about and teach someone else, especially the next generation, to help maintain our hunting tradition.

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. Though 70% of the land in New Hampshire is privately held, many landowners keep their property open for hunting. Building and maintaining the relationships between hunters and landowners helps ensure that the land will remain open for future generations. Remember, you are a guest so treat the land with respect and you will usually be welcome.

Hopefully you heard about the changes to the wildlife rules in last year’s edition, but if not please read them carefully as some requirements have changed. Just a reminder that if you only took one turkey in the spring, you can still take a second one during our fall archery or shotgun turkey season. See Turkey Hunting for details.

We are continuing to monitor 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 a great year for hunting in New Hampshire. Be safe, be sure of your target, clean up after yourself, and display good sportsmanship. See you outside!

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.