Executive Director’s Message

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Your Hunting Adventure Awaits — in the Fields and Forests of the Granite State

I know you share my enthusiasm for hunting the fields and forests of New Hampshire. We have a wide variety of wildlife and areas to hunt — from ducks and geese on coastal marshes to deer and grouse in remote northern forests. Get out and enjoy them.

When most hunters think about the upcoming fall hunting opportunities, they’re anticipating the big game seasons. Others, however, can’t wait for small game hunting seasons to start, including grouse, snowshoe hare, and gray squirrel. These overlooked species provide great opportunities in New Hampshire throughout the fall. Whether it’s a grouse hunting trip with your favorite dog, or going after gray squirrels with the grandkids, it’s a wonderful way to enjoy New Hampshire’s outdoors.

To help ensure the safety of hunters and Department staff, pheasant hunting will continue to be closed until noon statewide on pheasant stocking days, which take place on Thursday and Friday during the first three weeks of the season.

Fortunately, New Hampshire remains free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which, as you probably know, is devastating for deer. There are some important ways hunters can help. First, please do not use natural urine-based deer lures. These have the potential to spread CWD. They 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. It’s also important to follow the restrictions on importing hunter-killed deer. Please do not feed deer during the winter. Feeding deer often makes them more vulnerable to aggressive interactions, predation, disease, and vehicle collisions. Learn more about keeping New Hampshire CWD-free on page 21.

Thanks for hunting New Hampshire. Be safe, be sure of your target, clean up after yourself, and display sportsmanship. Remember, you are the guest of the landowner. Treat the land with respect and you will usually be welcome.

See you in the field!

Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

N.H. Fish and Game Department