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Message from the Executive Director

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Great Opportunities Await

I grew up hunting, as did many of you, but we know that taking kids hunting is not as common a practice as it once was. Consider taking a young person, friend, or acquaintance out with you and sharing your love and knowledge of the outdoors and our hunting heritage.

We are fortunate in New Hampshire that while 70% of the land is privately owned, a good percentage of landowners keep their property open for hunting. Building the relationships between hunters and landowners helps ensure that the land will remain open for future generations. Having a trusted hunter on their property during the fall hunting season can also bring peace of mind to a landowner. Remember, you are a guest so treat the land with respect and you will usually be welcome.

You will notice some changes to the wildlife rules including: enhanced deer hunting opportunity in 11 of the 20 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs); an additional 7 days of bait hunting and 9 days of still hunting for bear in the White Mountains and Central regions; an additional 14 days of still hunting for bear in Southwest-2 and Southeast regions; permitting the take of a second spring gobbler in our six strongest turkey WMUs beginning in 2019; and the addition of January to gray squirrel and cottontail rabbit seasons.

Fortunately, New Hampshire continues to remain free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is devastating to deer and moose. Please help keep CWD from entering the state by not using natural urine-based deer lures. These have the potential to spread CWD. They do not undergo any 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. Learn more about keeping New Hampshire CWD free on page 21.

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 sportsmanship.

See you outside!

Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

N.H. Fish and Game Department

Hunt for the Hungry

Hunt for the Hungry, a cooperative program of the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester and N.H. Fish and Game, enables you to donate part or all of your kill to help feed the hungry in our communities. The N.H. Food Bank provides food to more than 400 agencies, food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, elderly services, and group homes. For information or to make a donation, call the N.H. Food Bank at (603) 669-9725.