It’s my pleasure to welcome my fellow hunters to the fields and forests of New Hampshire. Like you, I get excited thinking about getting back into the field. Last year I had the thrill of a lifetime watching my son get his first deer on Youth Weekend. We had a great time together tracking down that nice buck — a 6-pointer. As you can imagine, that experience has both of us pretty jazzed to go again. So we’ll be out there this fall, scouting our favorite woods. And even if we don’t bring home a deer, we’ll remember these days for a long time: packing the truck, walking and waiting, watching and listening, trading stories. I hope someday he will experience the other side of a similar event with his son, an event you can carry with you the rest of your life.
I know you share my enthusiasm. New Hampshire hunters know about and appreciate our amazing variety of wildlife, habitats and hunting areas—from ducks and geese on coastal marshes to deer and grouse in remote northern forests. What we need to remember is this: it’s the sportsman or woman in the field who can make the difference in keeping some truly great lands open to hunting.
In the Granite State, private land—the majority of forest land in the state—has historically been open to hunting unless posted by the owner. Fish and Game is working together with hunters and landowners to ensure that we can carry this tradition forward.
It all depends on us as “guests” being respectful of the land and the landowner. We like to say: Treat the landowner as you would like to be treated, and treat their land as you would like yours to be treated. Be safe, be sure of your target, clean up after yourself, display sportsmanship—sounds like common sense, but that’s the key to leaving a good impression and getting invited back.
Thanks for hunting NH. Before you head out, please review this booklet and make note of the new rules. The Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com has more great hunting resources. I’ll see you in the field!
NH Fish and Game Department