2008 Newsroom

This page contains selected news releases from the N.H. Fish and Game Department issued in 2008.

For current news releases, click here.

NEWS RELEASES from N.H. Fish and Game Issued in 2008
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Young Rhode Island Hikers Safe
December 31, 2008 -- Two young hikers were rescued by N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers Tuesday evening, saving them from spending a cold night in a mountain cabin without adequate winter gear.

NOAA to Create Saltwater Angler Registry in 2010
December 30, 2008 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service will create a national saltwater angler registry of all marine recreational fishermen beginning January 1, 2010. 

Be Safe on the Ice -- N.H. Ice Conditions Unpredictable
December 29, 2008 -- Officials at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department are reminding those getting outdoors this winter to stay safe on the ice. 

Saltwater Ice Fishing Class Offered
December 23, 2008 -- Interested in learning how to saltwater ice fish? Join instructors from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Depart in Barrington, N.H., on January 10 and 11 for an informative free class.

2008 New Hampshire Deer Harvest Still Strong
December 22, 2008 -- New Hampshire's preliminary estimated 2008 hunter harvest of 10,945 deer represents an excellent year for the state's deer hunters and is reflective of a healthy deer population.

N.H. Fish and Game Designates Nonprofit Partner
December 19, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Commission recently endorsed the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire as an official nonprofit partner of the Department, establishing a nonprofit organization to assist Fish and Game with its critical conservation work.

Wildlife Action Grants Available for Teachers
December 19, 2008 -- Teachers interested in starting wildlife habitat projects can apply to the Homes for Wildlife Action Grant Program at New Hampshire Fish and Game for start-up funds. Grant Application Deadline: February 15, 2009.

Wildlife Control Operator Class Offered January 14, 2009
December 18, 2008 - The annual New Hampshire Wildlife Control Operators (WCO) training class will take place on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

2009 Fishing and Hunting Licenses Now Available
December 17, 2008 -- New Hampshire fishing and hunting licenses for 2009 are here.  Get yours today and be ready to enjoy a full year of outdoor adventure, from winter ice fishing to hunting next fall. 

New Fish and Game "Radio Diner" Podcast Episode Available Now
December 15, 2008 -- Listen up! Visit N.H. Fish and Game's website at www.wildnh.com/broadcast, and you can hear a brand-new episode of the free audio podcast, Fish and Game Radio Diner.

Hunters and Anglers: Thank a Landowner Today
December 12, 2008 -- The holiday season is an important time to extend thanks to landowners who maintain access for outdoor recreation on their properties, reminds Charles Miner Jr., Landowner Relations Program Administrator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Bobcats, NH Conservationists Featured in Latest Issue of N.H. Wildlife Journal
December 11, 2008 -- If you've ever walked in the forests of southwestern New Hampshire, there's a good chance that a pair of yellow eyes was watching your every move. Find out more about the amazing creatures behind those eyes -- bobcats -- in the November-December issue of New Hampshire Wildlife Journal magazine.

Samuel Sprague Sworn in as District Four Sergeant for N.H. Fish and Game
December 11, 2008 -- Samuel Sprague has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant in Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division. He will serve as the District Four Sergeant, responsible for patrolling the towns of Charleston, Langdon, Acworth, Marlow, Alstead, Walpole, Westmoreland, Gilsum, Surry, Sullivan and Roxbury in southwestern New Hampshire.

Mechanical Clearing of Concord Pine Barrens Benefits Karner Blue Butterflies
December 10, 2008 - If you've visited the Concord Pine Barrens in Concord, N.H., recently, you may have noticed things look a little different. That is because biologists have been working hard to manage the habitat for the official State Butterfly, the Karner blue, which is an endangered species in New Hampshire.

Fish and Game Commission Seeks Nominations for Awards of Excellence; Four 2008 Award Winners Honored for Commitment to Conservation
December 9, 2008 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission is looking for nominations for its annual Awards of Excellence program to recognize outstanding achievements in furthering the N.H. Fish and Game Department's mission.

Become an Outdoors-Woman this Winter!
December 8, 2008 - Women who want to explore active outdoor interests can attend a one-day Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (B.O.W.) winter workshop on February 21, 2009, at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H. 

Ospreys Soar Off New Hampshire's Threatened Wildlife List
December 8, 2008 - The 2008 osprey breeding season in New Hampshire turned out to be another record breaker, and state wildlife officials couldn't be more pleased by the results.

WILD Gifts for the Hunter, Angler or Wildlife Watcher
December 5, 2008 -- If you're looking for a gift for a hunter, angler or wildlife watcher this holiday season, check out the shop WILD section of the Fish and Game website at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Shop/shop.htm.

Workshop on Basic GPS for Hunters Offered
December 2, 2008 -- A beginning course for hunters on using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) will be offered on Saturday, January 17, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.

NH Outdoor Council Reminds Late-Autumn Hikers to "Hike Safe"
November 26, 2008 -- Fall foliage in New Hampshire's mountains has come and gone, and the changing seasons bring new challenges for White Mountain hikers -- cold, ice, and snow. Outdoors authorities are advising visitors to "Hike Safe."

Northern Shrimp 2009 Fishing Season Set at 180 Days
November 25, 2008 -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Section has approved a 180-day fishing season for the 2008-2009 northern shrimp fishery, a 28-day increase from last year's season.

Deer Hunting Season Going Well; Early Bear Season Estimates
November 24, 2008 -- New Hampshire's regular firearms deer hunting is going well in the final weeks of the season. Estimated statewide deer harvest numbers so far are below last year's levels, but similar to those seen in 2006. (Chart by county).

Open House on Onway Lake Public Access Site (Raymond, N.H.) - December 11, 2008
November 17, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game is hosting an "Open House" on Thursday, December 11, 2008, at the Fire Station in Raymond, N.H., about the Onway Lake Public Access Site project.

Fundraising Effort to Determine if Deadly New Bat Disease Is Present in N.H.
November 20, 2008 -- A special fundraising effort is underway through the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program to determine if a deadly new bat disease has reached New Hampshire's bat populations.

"Let's Go Fishing" Volunteer Ice Fishing Instructor Trainings Offered
November 14, 2008 -- Fish and Game needs volunteer ice fishing instructors for the Let's Go Fishing program. Ice fishing instructor certification trainings will be held on December 6 in Concord and January 3, 2009, in Lancaster. Sign up by December 1.

Play It Safe -- Put on the Orange!
November 13, 2008 -- Whether you're hunting, hiking or out for a stroll with the dog, put on an item of highly visible blaze orange clothing when you're out enjoying the great outdoors.  Be awar
e of hunting seasons and prepare to share the woods.

Marine Rule Hearing December 2, 2008, on Commercial Haddock Length, Lobster Rules
November 10, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game will hold a public hearing on proposed marine rule changes on December 2, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H.

2008 Youth Deer Hunt Results for New Hampshire
November 7, 2008 -- Preliminary reports show that young hunters succeeded in harvesting 332 deer during the 2008 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend in New Hampshire.

Watch for New "Granite State Outdoors" Program on NH Community Television Stations
November 7, 2008 -- Next time you're channel surfing, check out your community television station: there's a good chance you'll catch a glimpse of a moose, discover a new place to go paddling, or get some timely fishing advice on Granite State Outdoors, NH Fish and Game's new outdoor television program.

Anglers with Groundfishing Experience Needed for Fishing Choice Study
November 6, 2008 -- Recreational anglers or providers of recreational fishing activities with experience in groundfishing or groundfishing-related activities are needed for an upcoming paid fishing survey. 

Overdue Hikers Safe after Night Search in Conway Area
November 6, 2008 -- Two hikers lost on North Moat Mountain in the Conway area made their way to safety early this morning after N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers searched for them through the night. 

Time to Sign Up for Snowmobile Safety Class
November 5, 2008 -- It's time to sign up for snowmobile education classes.  Riders over age 12 must have either a valid Motor Vehicle Driver's License or have successfully completed an approved OHRV Safety Education class.....

Hikers, Hunters Home Safe Following Three Weekend Rescues
November 3, 2008 -- NH Fish and Game Search and Rescue personnel, local police and fire squads, rescue volunteers and the DHART helicopter were kept busy this past weekend, successfully assisting in three separate rescues.

New Fish and Game Podcast Brings Outdoors to Your Earbuds
October 31, 2008 -- Looking for New Hampshire outdoo
r news, talk and information that fits your busy schedule? Listen up, because N.H. Fish and Game's new free audio podcast, Fish and Game Radio Diner, has the latest on New Hampshire's great outdoors and recreation opportunities at www.wildnh.com/broadcast.

N.H.'s Peregrine Falcons Have Successful Breeding Season, but a New Concern Emerges for Raptor Health
October 31, 2008 -- New Hampshire's peregrine falcon population continued its gradual climb toward full recovery in the state in 2008. Celebration of their recovery has been tempered by new concerns about exposure to flame-retardant chemicals.

Opening Day for Firearms Deer Hunting Is November 12
October 30, 2008 - Opening Day for New Hampshire's regular firearms deer season takes place November 12, 2008.  Most of the state's estimated 60,000 deer hunters go afield during this season, which runs through December 7, except in WMU A, where it closes November 30. 

Public Informational Meeting on Winnicut River Dam Removal Project
October 29, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division has scheduled a public informational meeting on November 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Greenland Town Hall, 575 Portsmouth Avenue, Greenland, N.H., to provide an update on the progress of the Winnicut Dam removal project.

See Biologists in Action at "Salmon Sunday"
October 28, 2008 -- Bring the kids and find out everything you wanted to know
about New Hampshire's freshwater fish and fisheries at N.H. Fish and Game's annual event, "Salmon Sunday," at Pope Dam in Melvin Village on November 16, 2008, from 1 to 3 p.m.

2008 New Hampshire Moose Hunt a Success
October 27, 2008 -- New Hampshire's 2008 moose season was a success, with preliminary figures showing that hunters took 333 moose.  With 516 permits issued, this represents a statewide success rate of 65%. 

Martin Garabedian Promoted to Colonel, Becomes Law Enforcement Chief
October 27, 2008 -- At a ceremony at N.H. Fish and Game Department headquarters on October 23, Martin Garabedian was promoted to the rank of Colonel and assumed his new duties as Chief of Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division

Craig Morrocco Promoted to Lieutenant at N.H. Fish and Game
October 24, 2008 -- In a ceremony on October 17 at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord, Craig Morrocco was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division.

Hunters: Take Back Your Weekends This Fall; Chores Are for Thursdays!, Enthusiasts Say
October 23, 2008 -- Did last weekend slide by without your getting out to hunt or scout for the upcoming firearms deer season?  If it did, you're not alone -- but that doesn't have to be the end of the story...

Moose Hunt Update: Half of N.H. Moose Hunters Successful So Far
October 23, 2008 -- As of Wednesday, 256 moose had been taken in the 2008 New Hampshire moose hunt (150 bulls and 106 cows).  That means that half of hunters holding moose permits had succeeded by the mid-way point.

Season-Setting Meeting for Northern Shrimp
October 20, 2008 -- A public hearing of the Northern Shrimp Management Plan
Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will be held on November 7, 2008, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries office, 30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, Mass., to discuss the 2009 harvesting season for northern shrimp.

Hunt NH and Save!  The Bucks Stop Here With New Money-Saving Campaign
October 20, 2008 -- New Hampshire hotels and B&Bs, restaurants, attractions and stores are here to help hunters save on their trips this fall! In partnership with the NH Division of Travel and Tourism (DTTD), the NH Fish and Game Department is collecting money-saving deals and posting them at www.HuntNH.com/save -- just in time for hunters and other post-foliage travelers to the Granite State.

Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 28% Success
October 20, 2008 -- More than a quarter of New Hampshire's moose hunters were successful during the first two days of the 20th annual New Hampshire moose season, achieving a 28% success rate on the opening weekend of the hunt. 

Public Hearings Set for River Herring, Skate Management
October 16, 2008 -- Public meetings are scheduled to discuss management proposals for river herring on November 5; and for skate fisheries on October 30.
 

N.H. Moose Hunt Is October 18 - 26, 2008
October 10, 2008 -- For nine days, from October 18 to 26, lucky moose permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire's 20th annual moose hunt.

Media Invited to Join Ray Burton for Tour of Fish and Game North Country Facilities
October 10, 2008 -- News media and outdoor writers are invited to join District 1 Executive Councilor Raymond Burton and New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Executive Director Glenn Normandeau on Thursday, October 16, 2008, for a tour of several Fish and Game facilities and projects in Executive Council District 1.

N.H. Youth Hunt Weekend for Deer Set for October 25-26, 2008
October 9, 2008 -- Young deer hunters will have their own opportunity for success on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, 2008, when New Hampshire's youth deer hunt is held.

N.H. Fish and Game Commission October Meeting Cancelled
October 9, 2008 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission meeting originally scheduled for October 15, 2008, has been cancelled.

Multiple Hiker Rescues in the White Mountains
October 7, 2008 -- Two hiker rescues in New Hampshire's White Mountains in recent days underscore the need for heightened awareness of safe hiking practices as people get out to enjoy the fall foliage over Columbus Day weekend and the rest of the autumn. 

"Project Home" Creator Marilyn Wyzga Honored by New England Environmental Educators
October 3, 2008 -- New Hampshire's Marilyn Wyzga, of Hillsborough, a Wildlife Educator with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department who helped found a national schoolyard wildlife habitat program, was honored with the 2007 Non-formal Environmental Educator Award from the New England Environmental Education Alliance.

N.H. Fall Shotgun Turkey Season Is October 13-17, 2008
October 1, 2008 -- New Hampshire's five-day fall shotgun turkey hunting season takes place Monday through Friday, October 13-17, in select Wildlife Management Units in the Connecticut River Valley and southwest N.H.

2008 HUNTER SIGHT-IN DAY -- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Nashua Fish and Game Association will host a "Hunter Sight-In Day" event on our club grounds at Al Paul Lane, Merrimack, NH on Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Hancock, N.H.: Carpenters Marsh WMA Access Roads Affected by Timber Work
September 30, 2008 -- Waterfowl hunters and other visitors to the Carpenters Marsh Wildlife Management Area in Hancock, N.H., are advised that certain restrictions are currently in effect regarding the use of access roads as a result of a commercial timber sale being conducted by N.H. Fish and Game.

New Hampshire Bald Eagles Post Record-setting Year
September 29, 2008 -- The 2008 bald eagle breeding season in New Hampshire was the most successful one in the state in over 60 years, setting several new record-high marks for productivity for this state-listed endangered bird. 

Commercial Spiny Dogfish Fishery to Close September 29, 2008
September 26, 2008 -- The allowable spiny dogfish quota for the 2008/2009 fishing season has been reached. Therefore, the New Hampshire fishery for spiny dogfish will be closed in both state and federal waters effective September 29, 2008.

Additional Restrictions Announced for Atlantic Herring Take
September 26, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game's Marine Fisheries Division today announced additional closure restrictions for Atlantic herring take.

Free Hunting Talk in Portsmouth, N.H., September 30 -- Sea and Diver Ducks
September 25, 2008 -- Find out everything you need to know about hunting sea ducks and diver ducks in New Hampshire at a free talk on September 30 at 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, N.H. 

Injured N.H. Hiker Airlifted from Baldface Circle Trail
September 25, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game coordinated the rescue of a 50-year-old New Hampshire man who was injured while hiking with his dog on Baldface Circle Trail in North Chatham, N.H., on Wednesday afternoon. 

Hunt for the Hungry: N.H. Food Bank Seeks Donations of Game Animals
September 24, 2008 -- New Hampshire's hunters can help the less fortunate by sharing all or part of their fall harvest with the "Hunt for the Hungry" program. 

Brood Stock Atlantic Salmon Offer Exciting Fall Fishing
September 23, 2008 -- Anglers looking for some challenging catch-and-release sport fishing while they're enjoying the fall foliage should head to the Merrimack and Pemigewasset rivers to hook the "King of Fish." 

New England Environmental Education Alliance Hosts 42nd Annual Conference
September 22, 2008 -- The New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) will host "A Journey Home: Fostering Ecologically Centered Communities" on October 3-5, 2008, at the BU Sargent Center in Hancock, N.H.

Pheasant Season Opens October 1
September 22, 2008 - A long-standing fall tradition in New Hampshire, the hunting season for pheasant gets underway on October 1. 

October 15 Hearing in New Hampshire on Spiny Dogfish, American Eel     
September 22, 2008 -- A public hearing on proposed changes to fisheries management plans affecting commercial fishing for spiny dogfish and American eel will be held on October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, N.H.

Introduction to Trapping Course Offered
September 19, 2008 -- The N.H. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program and the N.H. Trappers Association are teaming up to present a workshop on the basics of trapping at N.H. Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord on October 18, 2008.

Free Hunting Talk in Keene: Fall Turkey Hunting and Habits
September 18, 2008 -- Learn all about hunting wild turkeys during the fall season at a free talk featuring N.H. Hunting Guide John Asseng  and N.H. Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Mark Ellingwood on September 23 at 7 p.m. at New Hampshire Fish and Game's Region 4 Office, 15 Ash Brook Court, Keene, N.H. 

Atlantic Herring Spawning Closure Announced; Public Meeting on Adjustments to Commercial Herring Take Restrictions
September 18, 2008 -- Two announcements were made today affecting commercial herring harvesters and dealers: 1) a spawning closure has been established; and 2) a meeting to adjust the allowable "days out" has been set for September 24, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at the Marine Fisheries Division, 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H.

Bears, Youth Deer Hunt Featured in Latest Issue of N.H. Wildlife Journal
September 12, 2008 -- Few New Hampshire experiences are quite as memorable as coming face to face with a black bear.  New Hampshire Wildlife Journal magazine's September-October 2008 issue gets up close and personal with black bears in "The Bear Necessities," an article written by forest educator and journalist Dave Anderson.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend Is September 27-28
September 11, 2008 -- New Hampshire's 2008 Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days will be held statewide on Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28.  To participate, youth must be 15 years of age or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older.

55th Annual Trappers Rendezvous -- September 19 - 21, 2008
September 10, 2008 -- The N.H. Trappers Association will hold its 55th Annual Trappers Rendezvous at N.H. Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness the weekend of September 19-21, 2008. 

Free Deer Hunting Talk on September 17, 2008         
September 10, 2008 -- Get an edge on the deer hunting season at a free talk, "Scouting and patterning this year's buck" on September 17, at 7 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. 

Snowmobile Vanity Decal Registrations Available
September 10, 2008 -- N.H. resident snowmobile owners take note -- vanity snowmobile registration applications are now available.  The deadline is October 15.

Hunters Needed for Small Game Survey AND Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail SurveySept. 9, 2008 -- Small game hunters are being asked to participate in two important survey efforts being done by N.H. Fish and Game -- the Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail Survey and the Small Game Survey -- two chances to win a quality firearm.

2009 New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife Calendar Is Now for Sale
September 9, 2008 -- The all-new 2009 New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife Calendar has arrived, featuring twelve months of striking wildlife photography, plus handy dates for the outdoor enthusiast.  Great for home or office. Makes a great fundraiser for your school or club!

N.H. Hunting Digest: Your Guide to Hunting in the Granite State
September 4, 2008 -- Fall is in the air, and some of New Hampshire's hunting seasons are underway.  The 2008-2009 New Hampshire Hunting Digest is hot off the press, with most everything you need to know about hunting in the Granite State.

NOAA Honors Wellenberger, Leader of New Hampshire Estuarine Reserve
S
eptember 3, 2008 -- Peter Wellenberger, a Newmarket, N.H., resident and N.H. Fish and Game Department staff member, has been honored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for three decades of commitment to stewardship, research and outreach concerning our nation's estuaries.

Free Fly-Fishing Class Offered in Barrington, N.H.
August 29, 2008 -- Learn about the traditional and timeless sport of fly-fishing at a free fly fishing class on September 20 -21 at Stonehouse Pond in Barrington; registration is required. Sponsored by N.H. Fish and Game and The Trust for Public Land.

Atlantic Herring Landing Restricted
August 29, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game's Marine Fisheries Division today announced new restrictions, effective September 3, on commercial harvesters' landing of Atlantic herring from Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Management Area 1A
.

2008-09 N.H. Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Set
August 28, 2008 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has set final season dates and bag limits for the 2008-09 waterfowl hunting season. 

Free Evening Hunting Talks Offered in September
August 25, 2008 -- Get psyched for the upcoming hunting seasons at a series of free evening talks by area hunting experts and staff of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in September.

Prescribed Burn in Concord Airport Area to Improve Wildlife Habitat
August 22, 2008 -- New Hampshire Fish and Game and the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development Division of Forests and Lands, with support from the N.H. Army National Guard, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and City of Concord, will be conducting a "prescribed burn" in areas on and near Concord Municipal Airport grounds.

Threatened and Endangered Terns Complete Successful Breeding Season
August 22, 2008 -- The Isles of Shoals was home to more than 2,200 pairs of breeding terns this summer, including state-endangered common terns; state-threatened Arctic terns; and Roseate terns, which are listed as endangered both in N.H. and throughout the U.S.

Turtletown Pond Boat Access Facility in Concord, N.H., to Be Closed for Repairs on Weekdays from September 8-30, 2008
CONCORD, N.H. -- N.H. Fish and Game's boat ramp on Turtletown Pond in Concord, N.H., will be closed for repairs on weekdays from September 8-30, 2008.

Search Underway for Missing Vermont Hiker in Zealand Falls Area of N.H. 
August 22, 2008 -- A search is underway for hiker Robert Hughes, age 59, of Williamsville, Vermont, who is missing on the Zealand Falls Trail in N.H.'s White Mountains.

Public Meeting on Adjusting Commercial Herring Take Restrictions
August 21, 2008 -- Atlantic Herring Section members of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission representing Maine, N.H. and Massachusetts will meet at 10:30 a.m. on August 28, at the N.H. Fish and Game's Marine Fisheries Division, 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H., to discuss "days out" measures for the remaining 2008 herring fishing season in Management Area 1A.

Safety Advisory Issued for Swimmers, Canoeists, Kayakers
August 14, 2008 -- A safety advisory urging extreme caution to be used by swimmers, canoeists and kayakers on the state's rivers and streams was issued jointly today by N.H. Fish and Game, the N.H. DES and the state office of Emergency Management. 

Anglers - Please Look for Tagged Bass when Fishing Lake Winnipesaukee
August 13, 2008 -- Anglers fishing Lake Winnipesaukee are being asked to watch for largemouth and smallmouth bass tagged as part of a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Warmwater Fisheries Management Program study.

Successful Summer for Endangered Piping Plovers on N.H. Seacoast
August 12, 2008 -- It has been a productive summer for the federally threatened and state endangered piping plovers that nested in New Hampshire this spring. 

Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set
August 12, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department has finalized the 2008 hunting season dates and bag limits for early season migratory game birds, with no significant changes from last year.  List of the 2008 seasons for these game birds...

Free Waterfowl Hunting Seminar September 13 in Holderness
August 11, 2008 -- Get an introduction to waterfowl hunting at a free seminar being offered by N.H. Fish and Game on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. - noon at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

Marine Rule Hearing Set for September 2, 2008
August 11, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on various proposed marine rule changes on September 2 at 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, N.H.  The hearing will be of particular interest to those who fish using gillnets as well as those taking scallops.

Feel'n Top Notch - Outdoor Expo & Wellness Fair Coming August 16, 2008
August 6, 2008 -- Bring the family for a day exploring outdoor skills and wellness tips in a fun and exciting environment at the First Annual Feel'n Top Notch Outdoor Expo and Wellness Fair on Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at New Hampshire's Cannon Mountain Ski Area in Franconia.

Swift River Drowning Victim Recovered; Merrimack Swimmer Survives
August 5, 2008  -- About 11 a.m. today, searchers were able to recover the body of David Hildebrandt, age 29, of Dorchester, Mass., who drowned in the Swift River, in the town of Albany, N.H.  In another incident, a homeless man survived a swim across the Merrimack River as Fish and Game rescuers were called to the scene.

Waterfowl Season Meeting Set for August 26, 2008
August 5, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game will hold a public meeting on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2008 waterfowl hunting season on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 6:30 p.m., at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. 

Search Continues for Possible Swift River Drowning Victim
August 4, 2008 -- A search continues today for a possible drowning victim in the Swift River in Albany, N.H.; David Hildebrandt, age 29, of Dorchester, Mass., fell into the river and was swept away by high water.

Don't Miss Out on Fall "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Workshop
August 1, 2008 -- Are you a woman who would like to learn the skills you need to get started in hunting?  The fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshop has selected openings available that offer a chance to learn a variety of hunting skills while participating in an exciting weekend outdoor skills workshop. Registration deadline: August 8, 2008.

Time to Sign Up for Hunter Education
July 31, 2008 -- Right now is prime time to sign up for a hunter education class.  If you're looking to purchase your first hunting license in New Hampshire, you must complete a hunter education course before you can hunt. 

Two Seacoast N.H. Men Convicted of Illegal Clamming Activity
July 30, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers have successfully completed an investigation in conjunction with Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers and the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement that focused on numerous unlawful clamming activities of Charles R. Eaton III of Seabrook and Gregory Lee Egnew of Portsmouth. 

Two Hiker Rescues in White Mountains End Successfully
July 30, 2008 -- In two separate incidents yesterday, rescuers came successfully to the aid of visiting hikers lost in the White Mountains.  In both instances, the hikers were fortunate to be in areas in which their cell phones worked to call for help.

Search Begins for Woman Swept over Falls in Merrimack, N.H.
July 29, 2008 -- Late Tuesday afternoon N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers were called in to assist the Town of Merrimack Fire Department in searching for a woman reported as being swept over Wildcat Falls on the Souhegan River in Merrimack, N.H.

Merrimack River Search Ends after "Missing" Swimmer Found Safe
July 29, 2008 -- After a three-day search, a swimmer reported missing on Sunday, July 27, 2008, has turned up safe and sound in Concord.  While he came to no harm, officials urge caution in swimming, canoeing or kayaking rain-swollen rivers.

Public Meeting August 13 on Regional Moose Population
July 28, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department is seeking public input on moose management in the Connecticut Lakes Region at a public meeting set for 6:00 p.m. on August 13, at the Pittsburg Community/Church Hall, on Main Street in Pittsburg, N.H.

Name of Pemigewasset River Drowning Victim Released
July 28, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department has rel
eased the name of the young man who drowned in the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River on Friday, July 25.  The victim was Christopher Elizardo, age 19, of Dallas, Texas. 

Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Watching Boost Granite State Economy
July 22, 2008 -- Wildlife-related activities are giving New Hampshire's economy a significant boost, according to a national study issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The federal survey shows that 839,000 hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers spent $560 million on wildlife-related recreation in New Hampshire in 2006. 

Free Workshop for Seacoast-area Landowners on Removing Invasive Plants
July 22, 2008 -- If you live in New Hampshire's coastal watershed and would like to learn the most effective ways to remove invasive plant species, come to a free workshop on August 2, 2008, at the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland.

DES, DHHS and NH Fish and Game Issue Lobster Tomalley Advisory  
July 18, 2008 -- The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department advise seafood consumers to not eat lobster tomalley, which may contain unsafe levels of "red tide," or Paralytic Shellfish Poison toxin.

Record Number of Karner Blue Butterflies Released Into The Wild
July 17, 2008 -- It's been a busy, blue week at the Pine Barrens in Concord, where biologists with N.H. Fish and Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program are releasing a record number of Karner blue butterflies into the wild as part of an ongoing species and habitat restoration program.

Summer Youth Program Offered at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center
July 16, 2008 -- There's still time to sign young people up for a summer youth day program being offered from August 5 - 21, 2008, at Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.

New Hampshire Seacoast Featured in July-August 2008 N.H. Wildlife Journal
July 15, 2008 -- New Hampshire Wildlife Journal's July-August 2008 issue will give you a new appreciation for the diverse wildlife and opportunities for recreation along New Hampshire's short, but bountiful, coast.

Winnisquam Boat Ramp (Laconia) to Be Closed on July 30, 2008
July 14, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game boat ramp on Lake Winnisquam in Laconia will be closed from dusk on Tuesday, July 29, through 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility.

N.H. Fish and Game Honors Conservation Officers of the Year
July 7, 2008 -- Three New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers were recently honored for outstanding performance -- Samuel P. Sprague of Whitefield; Christopher J. Egan of Pittsburg; and Michael G. Eastman of Gilford.

Women's Intermediate Fly Fishing Workshop/Beyond BOW
July 7, 2008 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's "Let's Go Fishing" and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) programs are once again teaming up with the N.H. Wildlife Federation to host a fall intermediate fly-fishing weekend. 

Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits Now Available
July 2, 2008 -- Hunters who want the chance to take an additional antlerless deer in WMU M in southeastern New Hampshire during the fall hunting seasons can buy a special permit from N.H. Fish and Game starting July 1.

Still Time to Register for Fall "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Workshop
June 27, 2008 -- If you've been thinking about signing up for the fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, but haven't gotten around to it yet - there's good news!  You still can, so sign up today.

N.H. Fish and Game Commission July Meeting Cancelled; August 20 Meeting Moved
June 27, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Commission meeting originally scheduled for July 16, 2008, has been cancelled.  The Commission's August 20 meeting will take place at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

Lambert Park Boat Ramp (Merrimack River, Hooksett) to Be Closed for Repairs
June 27, 2008
-- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's boat ramp on the Merrimack River in Hooksett will be closed from July 7 - August 15, 2008, as Fish and Game conducts repairs to the existing boat ramp.

Public Meeting July 16 on National Saltwater Angler Registry
June 26, 2008 -- A new national saltwater angler registry will go into effect in January 2009.  To help inform saltwater anglers in New Hampshire about the upcoming change, Fish and Game will hold a public informational meeting about the national registry on July 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, in Portsmouth, N.H.

2008 N.H. Deer Hunting Seasons Set
June 25, 2008 -- New Hampshire's deer hunting seasons have been established for this fall, and the outlook is generally good in spite of the challenging winter of 2007-2008.

Public Hearing July 9 on Proposed Rules for Endangered and Threatened Species
June 25, 2008 -- Proposed rule changes amending the state endangered and threatened species lists for New Hampshire will be discussed at a public hearing on July 9, 2008, at 6:30 p.m., at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, Concord, N.H
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Lucky Day for 2008 Moose Hunt Permit Winners
June 20, 2008 -- The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 515 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October.  They are the lucky winners in the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's annual moose permit lottery drawing, held today.

Moose Lottery Drawing Is Friday, June 20, 2008
June 16, 2008 -- The annual drawing to select the lucky hunters who will be offered a permit to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall will be held on June 20, at 9 a.m. at the N.H. Fish and Game Department in Concord, N.H.

Scholarships Available for "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Weekend
 June 13, 2008 -- Several scholarships are available for women to attend the New Hampshire Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (B.O.W.) workshop this September. 

June 30 Deadline for New Hampshire's Natural Resources Volunteers
Apply Now -- Core Training for Wonders of Wildlife docents, Community Tree Stewards and Earth Team Volunteers
June 12, 2008 -- If you are interested in sharing your interest in wildlife and aquatic resources with New Hampshire school children, then Fish and Game's Wonders of Wildlife Program (WOW) is for you.  Again this year, WOW docents will train together with Community Tree Stewards and Earth Team volunteers, under a partnership among N.H. Fish and Game, UNH Cooperative Extension, N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, N.H. County Conservation Districts and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Great Bay Discovery Center Offers 2008 Kayak Tours of Great Bay
June 9, 2008 -- This summer, join staff of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on kayak tours in the Great Bay Estuary, where you can watch osprey diving for fish, herons gracefully glide overhead and learn what makes the Great Bay Estuary one of the most amazing and diverse places on earth!

Registration for Fall "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Workshop Opens June 9
June 9, 2008 -- Calling all wild women!  The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman fall workshop brochure and mail-in registration form are now available to download at www.nhbow.com.

Free Introduction to Fishing Class Offered in Greenland, N.H.
June 6, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department's "Let's Go Fishing" Program and the Greenland Recreation Department are teaming up to provide an introductory fishing class on June 21-22, 2008.

Kids -- Let's Go Fishing with Peabody Mill Environmental Center in Amherst
June 2, 2008 -- Calling all fourth and fifth graders! Spend a week exploring and fishing the streams, ponds and lakes of the Souhegan Valley with the Peabody Mill Environmental Center and expert instructors from the N.H. Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing Program.

Hearing Set for Proposed Rules on 2009 Freshwater Fishing; Bass Tournaments
May 30, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at 6:30 p.m., at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord, regarding proposed changes in the regulations affecting 2009 freshwater fishing in New Hampshire and the application procedure for bass tournaments.

Public Hearing June 17 on Rule Changes on Lobster Size Limit; Shad and River Herring Management
May 28, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department will hold public hearings on proposed marine rules on lobster size limit and on Shad and River Herring management on June 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, N.H., on the second floor in the Hilton Garden Meeting Room.

Anglers: Look for Tagged Bass when Fishing Lake Winnipesaukee in 2008
May 23, 2008 -- Anglers fishing Lake Winnipesaukee are being asked to watch for largemouth and smallmouth bass tagged as part of a N.H. Fish and Game Department Warmwater Fisheries Management Program study.

Last Chance for 2008 Moose Hunt -- Lottery Closes May 30, 2008
May 23, 2008 -- If you want a chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, then you better get your application in for the 2008 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery by Friday, May 30.

Registration Opens June 9 for Fall "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Workshop
May 23, 2008 -- Starting June 9, women interested in learning outdoor skills in a fun, noncompetitive setting can sign up for the fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop offered by N.H. Fish and Game and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.

Lobsterman Convicted of Trap Thefts
May 21, 2008 -- Aaron J. Marconi, 39, of Portsmouth was convicted in Rockingham County Superior Court on three Class A Misdemeanor complaints of possessing lobster traps belonging to other lobstermen in the Portsmouth area.

Successful Search for Lost Hikers in White Mountains
May 16, 2008 - On Thursday, May 15, 2008 at approximately 8:30 p.m., two distressed hikers from Pennsylvania emerged early from a planned multi-day traverse of the Presidential Range in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Fish and Game Commission May 21 Meeting Changed to Greenland Location
May 16, 2008 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 21, at 1 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Great Bay Discovery Center at 89 Depot Road in Greenland, N.H. 

Keep Wildlife Wild - Leave Young Animals Alone
May 15, 2008 -- If you encounter wildlife, even young animals that appear to need help, the kindest (and safest) thing to do is to leave them alone and let nature take its course.

Brake for Moose: It Could Save Your Life
May 15, 2008 - Remember to brake for moose when traveling New Hampshire roadways. There were 198 moose/vehicle collisions in New Hampshire in 2007; in the last five years the state has averaged 230 per year.  May and June are high-risk months for encountering moose on the roads.

Fish and Game Seeks Conservation Officer Trainees
May 14, 2008 - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is now accepting applications for a new register of names to be used for staffing current and future Conservation Officer Trainee vacancies.  If you've thought about becoming a Conservation Officer, this is an opportunity to be considered. The closing date for filing an application is June 20, 2008.

June 7 Is Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire
May 13, 2008 -- Get out the fishing gear and head for the river, lake or pond to try your luck on New Hampshire's annual Free Fishing Day -- Saturday, June 7, 2008. 

North Country Fly-Fishing Workshop Offered
May 13, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game's "Let's Go Fishing" Program and the N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation will offer a beginning fly-fishing weekend June 7-8 at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, N.H.

Access Facility at Winnisquam Lake, Laconia, Scheduled to Open July 1, 2008
May 12, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department's new boat access site on Lake Winnisquam in Laconia is currently scheduled to open on July 1, 2008.

Catch the King of Fish -- Brood Stock Atlantic Salmon
May 12, 2008 -- Spring is here, and it's time to fish for brood stock salmon.  N.H. Fish and Game is planning to release more than 1,500 Atlantic salmon into the Pemigewasset and Merrimack Rivers -- three times the number of fish that were released last year.

Hiker Dies in Franconia Notch; Hit by Falling Rock
May 9, 2008 -- In a tragic accident, Shu Qin, age 28, a woman hiker from Shanghai, China, was killed after being hit by a boulder on the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia Notch on Thursday, May 8, 2008.

Atlantic Coast and Hampton Harbor Shellfishing Closed Because of "Red Tide"
May 8, 2008 -- To protect the public from the possible consumption of contaminated shellfish, officials from the N.H. Department of Environmental Services and N.H. Fish and Game have closed New Hampshire's Atlantic coastal waters, and the waters of Hampton/Seabrook Harbor, to the taking of all species of molluscan shellfish until further notice. 

Kids Fishing Photo Contest
May 6, 2008 -- Young anglers have a chance to enter a kids fishing photo contest sponsored jointly by Kidz Rule USA and the N.H. Fish and Game Department. Grand prize -- a guided N.H. fishing trip to be aired on MyOutdoors TV!

Have You Entered The N.H. Moose Lottery Yet?
May 6, 2008 -- The deadline for entering the 2008 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery comes up at the end of this month, so it's time to get your application in for a chance at the adventure of a lifetime.

Search Continues for Missing Connecticut River Kayaker
May 2, 2008 -- A search for a missing 58-year-old kayaker, Robert Swantak of Bradford, Vermont, will continue today on the Connecticut River in Piermont, N.H.

"Take Me Fishing" Campaign Reels In New Hampshire Anglers
May 1, 2008 - It's spring, and you know what that means: Fishing!  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is launching an outreach campaign to remind anglers of the fun and relaxation that fishing can bring, and to encourage them to renew their fishing license for 2008.

Report Poaching Activity Online at www.WildNH.com/OGT
May 1, 2008 - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement Division announces a new online function for Operation Game Thief, a system that offers concerned citizens and responsible sportsmen and women a way to anonymously report poachers and poaching incidents. A new Operation Game Thief web page at www.WildNH.com/OGT now allows people to report fish and wildlife crimes electronically, online, 24 hours a day.

Atlantic Herring Landing Restricted
April 30, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game's Marine Fisheries Division today announced that effective May 1, 2008, commercial fishermen will not be allowed to land Atlantic herring taken from Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Management Area 1A from May 1-31. The May closure will be followed by a period of restricted days through December 31.

Become a Better Walleye Angler
April 30, 2008 -- Get out and catch some walleye this year. Fisheries Biologist Gabe Gries offers expert advice for New Hampshire anglers on pursuing this worthy gamefish throughout the year.

Tips for Turkey Hunters on Good Landowner Relations
April 30, 2008 -- Hunters getting out for New Hampshire's spring turkey season (May 3-31) can do a lot to help promote positive landowner relations, according to Charles Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Strategies for hunters...

Access Facility at Pleasant Lake, Deerfield, To Be Closed May 5 - May 9, 2008
April 28, 2008 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's boat access facility at Pleasant Lake in Deerfield will be closed from May 5 through May 9, 2008, as the Department completes work on the boat ramp that could not be completed last fall. 

New Hampshire Fish Consumption Guidelines Updated
April 25, 2008
-- State officials responsible for monitoring New Hampshire waterways and protecting public health released updated fish consumption advice that includes several new recommendations: Stocked (hatchery-grown) trout are exempt from the statewide advisory; perch are included with other species that have length restrictions regarding consumption; and four new waterbodies have specific advisories.                     

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day Is Almost Here!
April 22, 2008
-- If you're looking for some fun and a chance to learn about New Hampshire's amazing wildlife, environment and outdoor recreation, head over to New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord for Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 26.  Admission is free.

Outdoor Summer Youth Program Offered at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center
April 22, 2008 -- Youth age 10-15 will have a chance to learn about the shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills at a summer youth day program being offered in August at the N.H. Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.  Free sessions are open to area recreation departments, scout troops, other youth groups and individuals. Registration limited.

Wildlife Legacy Donations Help Maintain Access for N.H. Hunters and Anglers
April 18, 2008 -- Hunters and anglers concerned about the lack of access have an opportunity to support Fish and Game's Landowner Relations Program by making a $10 "Wildlife Legacy" donation when purchasing their 2008 hunting or fishing license. More...

Sign Up for Summer Youth Programs at Barry Conservation Camp
April 17, 2008 -- Looking for a summer program that will get your kids outdoors and active?  Barry Conservation Camp is a weekly, overnight summer camp located in Berlin, N.H., offering specialty outdoor skills weeks for youth (boys or girls) age 10-16.

Designated Trout and Fly-Fishing-Only Ponds Open April 26
April 16, 2008 -- Fishing in New Hampshire's designated trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens this year on April 26 (the fourth Saturday in April), offering anglers the chance to experience exciting fishing in some of the Granite State's most scenic surroundings. 

"Talking Turkey" - Free Seminar Offered at N.H. Fish and Game
April 17, 2008 -- Sharpen up your turkey hunting skills by signing up for a free seminar called "Talking Turkey," with Tooky River Calls pro-staff members and Wildlife Biologist Mark Ellingwood, on April 23 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  Pre-registration is required.

Chronic Wasting Disease Not Detected in New Hampshire's Deer
April 16, 2008 -- New Hampshire's white-tailed deer population once again showed no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), based on monitoring data gathered during the 2007 hunting season.

Young Grafton Artist Earns Top State Honors in Junior Duck Stamp Contest
April 14, 2008 - Carole Platka, age 18, of Grafton, has taken top honors among young New Hampshire artists in the 2008 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest.   Platka's colored-pencil drawing of a mallard was chosen from among 159 entries as New Hampshire's State Best of Show in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.  New Hampshire's portion of the contest was coordinated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. 

Outlook Good for New Hampshire Spring Turkey Hunt
April 14, 2008 - The outlook is good for a successful 2008 New Hampshire spring gobbler hunt, according to N.H. Fish and Game Turkey Project Leader Ted Walski.  The state's spring turkey hunt runs from May 3-31. The youth turkey hunt weekend (April 26-27) precedes the regular season.

"hikeSafe" While Playing in the Outdoors this Spring
April 11, 2008 -- With the arrival of mid-April, many outdoor enthusiasts are thinking that winter is over, and surely spring is finally here. While that may be the case in some locations, hikers, climbers and skiers should be aware that winter conditions can linger well into May in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 

Become a Granite State Ambassador! Training Class to Be Held at Fish and Game
April 11, 2008 -- If you are friendly, outgoing, and enjoy all that is New Hampshire, you can become a Granite State Ambassador (GSA) by attending one of the upcoming hospitality/tourism training sessions being held around the state this spring. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is one of several sponsors for this year's Granite State Ambassador training.

Beginning Fly-Fishing Class Offered in Hancock, N.H.
April 9, 2008 -- An upcoming free weekend workshop offers a chance to learn about the traditional sport of fly-fishing.  Fish and Game's "Let's Go Fishing" Program is pairing up with the Harris Center for Conservation Education to host "Fly-Fishing A-Z" on May 17 and 18 at the Harris Center in Hancock. Registration is limited.

Prescribed Burn in Concord Airport Area to Improve Wildlife Habitat
April 9, 2008 -- New Hampshire Fish and Game and the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development Division of Forests and Lands, with support from the N.H. Army National Guard, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and City of Concord, will be conducting a "prescribed burn" in areas on and near Concord Municipal Airport grounds this spring.  The prescribed burn may occur as early as Thursday, April 10, or as late as late May; the date will be finalized when the weather and atmospheric conditions are seen to be safe.

Bring the Family to Discover WILD N.H. Day
April 9, 2008
-- Come to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 26, 2008, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord. Free! Activities, exhibits, animals -- fun for all ages.

Take Your Birdfeeders Down -- or Risk Letting Bears Do It For You
April 7, 2008 -- New Hampshire bears are waking up and heading out in search of food to replenish fat reserves depleted during the long winter denning period.  Natural foods are somewhat scarce this year, so it's especially important for homeowners to take action now to reduce the chances of a bear visiting their home.

2007 Wildlife Harvest Summary Available
April 4, 2008 -- Wildlife biologists from N.H. Fish and Game have finished crunching the numbers for the 2007 hunting seasons, and the numbers are now available in the 2007 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary.

Proposed Change to Atlantic Herring Regulation
April 3, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed change to the rules for taking Atlantic sea herring on April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road in Portsmouth, N.H.

Double Snowmobile Fatality in Ossipee
April 2, 2008 -- A snowmobile accident claimed the lives of two young Ossipee residents Tuesday evening, (April 1).  The victims were Raymond Eldridge, age 18, and his 8-year-old cousin, whose name is being withheld in consideration of his age.

April 5 Public Information Meeting on Clarksville Pond Management
April 1, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department will hold a public informational meeting on April 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Colebrook Elementary School gymnasium to discuss the results of a three-year assessment of Clarksville Pond (in Coos County).

Fish and Game Donates 550 Pounds of Meat to Littleton Food Pantry
March 31, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers recently delivered approximately 550 pounds of processed moose and deer meat to the Littleton, N.H., Outreach Office of the Tri-County Community Action Program (CAP), for distribution to the needy.

Reptile and Amphibian Identification Web Pages Now Available
March 31, 2008 -- Whether you are an active Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program (RAARP) volunteer or just interested in identifying the snake in your back yard, a new tool is now available for New Hampshire wildlife enthusiasts -- species profiles for all N.H. reptiles and amphibians on the web.

Take a Kid Hunting on Youth Turkey Weekend -- April 26-27, 2008
March 28, 2008 -- New Hampshire's 2008 youth turkey hunt will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway on May 3.  During the 2007 youth weekend, young hunters took 454 turkeys, or 12.4% of the total season harvest.

Free Talk April 2: Kayak Fishing for All
March 27, 2008 -- Find out about the equipment and techniques you need to fish from a kayak at a free talk by Shawn Roche of Mountain Road Trading Post on April 2 at 7 p.m. at N.h. Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord. 

Volunteers Needed to Help Stock Atlantic Salmon Fry
March 26, 2008 -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is looking for volunteers to help stock millions of inch-long salmon fry into the Merrimack River basin; several rivers and streams in the Upper Connecticut River watershed in northern New Hampshire; and the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire's Connecticut River watershed.

Opening Day for Landlocked Salmon/Lake Trout Fishing April 1
March 25, 2008 -- Enthusiastic anglers will be out in force on April 1 for the start of the open-water fishing season on landlocked salmon/lake trout-managed lakes -- the true start of spring for many New Hampshire anglers.

April 1 Deadline for Removing Bobhouses from Ice
March 24, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game Department officials remind ice anglers that state law requires all bobhouses or ice shanties to be removed from the ice by the end of the day on April 1. 

Free Talk: Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Angling for Smallmouth Bass
March 21, 2008 -- Learn the skills and tactics for success in catching smallmouth bass at a talk by registered N.H. fishing guide Curt Golder on March 26 at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.  A bonus slide show starts at 6:40 p.m.; Golder's presentation begins at 7 p.m.

New Hampshire Moose Lottery Is On!
March 17, 2008 -- If you want a chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, it's time to enter the lottery. Applications are $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents and are available online or from any Fish and Game license agent. 

Public Hearing on Draft Addendum XII to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster
March 17, 2008 -- N.H. Fish and Game will hold a public hearing on the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)'s Draft Addendum XII to Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster on April 1 at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H.

Fish and Game to Survey Walleye Catch
March 14, 2008 -- Walleye anglers, keep an eye out for New Hampshire Fish and Game Department fisheries biologists, who will be on the Connecticut River this spring conducting a creel survey for walleye.

Free Talk on Downriggers and Trolling
March 14, 2008 -- Find out about the equipment and techniques you need to catch salmon all summer long at a free talk called "Downriggers and Trolling" on March 19 at 7 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 

Public Hearings Set for Proposed Wildlife Rule Changes
March 12, 2008 -- Proposed rule changes affecting wildlife and wildlife management in New Hampshire for 2008 and 2009 will be discussed at three public hearings being held by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department at 6:30 p.m. on March 31 in Lancaster, on April 1 in Keene and on April 3 at N.H. Fish and Game Department Headquarters in Concord.

Glenn Normandeau Appointed as Fish and Game Executive Director
March 11, 2008 -- Glenn Normandeau of Portsmouth, N.H., has been appointed for a four-year term as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. He will assume his duties on Monday, March 31.

New Hampshire Moose Lottery Is On!
March 17, 2008 -- If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, enter the lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime.  Applications are $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents and are available online at www.HuntNH.com, or from Fish and Game license agents. Deadline -- May 30. 

Turkey Hunting Workshop Offered April 19 in Holderness
March 10, 2008 -- A free workshop covering the basics of hunting wild turkeys is being offered at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H. Pre-registration is required. Call (603) 536-3954. Sorry -- Course Full.

Free Talk: N.H. Back-country Trout Fishing Adventures
March 07, 2008 -- Registered N.H. fishing guide Rick Estes will present a free talk called "Back-country Trout Fishing Adventures" on March 12 at 7 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

FLY-FISHING FILM TOUR COMES TO NEW HAMPSHIRE
February 28, 2008 -- Fly-fishing enthusiasts, get inspired for the spring fishing season by taking in an adrenaline-rushing, fly-fishing film tour at Chunky's Cinema & Restaurant in Pelham, N.H., at 7 p.m. on March 13. Advanced tickets recommended.

Free Talk: Fly Fishing N.H.'s Upper Connecticut River for Trophy Trout
February 28, 2008
-- Registered N.H. fishing guide Angus Boezeman will present a free talk on "Fly Fishing New Hampshire's Upper Connecticut River for Trophy Trout" on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at 7 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H.

Results from 2007 Statewide Survey of N.H. Hunters Available
February 28, 2008 -- Results are in from a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department 2007 survey of New Hampshire hunters. 

"Let's Go Fishing" Wants YOU to teach fishing basics
February 27, 2008 -- Attention experienced anglers!  N.H. Fish and Game needs you as a volunteer fishing instructor for the Let's Go Fishing program. Trainings will be held in Concord and Lancaster, NH. Sign up by March 21.

Free Evening Fishing Talks Offered in Concord
February 22, 2008 -- Get inspired to try some new angling adventures this spring and summer at a series of evening talks by fishing experts at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord.  Programs begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. No pre-registration required. Series topics include...

Mark your Calendars for Discover WILD New Hampshire Day
CONCORD, N.H. -- Celebrate Earth Day by bringing the family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, set for Saturday, April 26, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord.  Admission is free! 

Missing Virginia Hikers Rescued
February 19, 2008-- Search and rescue teams successfully located two missing hikers, Alex Obert, age 30, and Steven "Dewey" McCay, age 29, both of Arlington, Virginia, today.  They are both in good condition. 

Enjoy the Winter Outdoors, but "hikeSafe"
February 14, 2008 -- With school winter vacation weeks about to begin and New Hampshire's mountains enjoying a very snowy winter, outdoor authorities are advising the Granite State's backcountry visitors to "hikeSafe."

Missing Hikers Found in Franconia Notch; One Dead
February 12, 2008 - Two hikers missing on Mt. Lafayette were found about 7:30 p.m. yesterday evening by a 7-man rescue team. Laurence Fredrickson, age 55, of South Suttonwas pronounced dead at the Littleton Hospital.  James Osborne, age 36, of Manchester was reported to be in critical condition suffering from severe hypothermia and frostbite.

Snowshoe Hare Hunting Workshop Offered
February 6, 2008 -- Learn about the exciting sport of snowshoe hare hunting at a free workshop being offered at Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.  The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8.  To register, call the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at (603) 536-3954.

Look for N.H. Fish and Game at Upcoming Outdoor Events
January 29, 2008 -- Representatives from the N.H. Fish and Game Department will be on hand at several upcoming expos and events catering to outdoor enthusiasts. Visit them to purchase your 2008 N.H. hunting and fishing licenses, buy a 2008 N.H. Fish & Wildlife calendar and get your wildlife, hunting and fishing questions answered.

2008 Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey Yields Record N.H. Sightings
January 28, 2008 - Eagle-eyed observers saw a record-high total of 67 bald eagles in New Hampshire during the 2008 National Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey two-week count period in January, including 59 (30 adults, 29 immatures) observed on Survey Day.  The effort was coordinated by NH Audubon in collaboration with the Fish and Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program. 

Weekend Snowmobile Accident at Nash Stream; ATV Arrest in Berlin
January 28, 2008 -- A Lancaster man was involved in a snowmobile accident on Little Bog Pond in the Nash Stream State Forest late Saturday night.  In a separate incident the same night, a Berlin man was arrested for driving while intoxicated on an off-highway recreational vehicle.

Try Your Luck in the 2008 N.H. Moose Hunt
January 25, 2008 -- Lottery applications are now available for the adventure of a lifetime - hunting moose in New Hampshire.  The N.H. Fish and Game Department's 2008 moose hunt lottery is open!

Saltwater Ice Fishing Class Offered
January 24, 2008 -- An upcoming workshop offers a chance to learn about a fun outdoor activity that will make you look forward to New Hampshire's long winter months -- saltwater ice fishing. Join Fish and Game "Let's Go Fishing" instructors for a weekend program in Barrington, N.H., on February 9 and 10.

Calling Young Artists:  Enter the 2008 Junior Duck Stamp Contest
January 23, 2008 -- Young New Hampshire artists, kindergarten through grade 12, are invited to submit original artwork depicting North American waterfowl to the New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. 

Dover Man Convicted of Numerous Wildlife Violations
January 23, 2008 -- New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers have successfully concluded an investigation that focused on numerous unlawful hunting activities of Carl R. Chapman, age 63, of Old Rochester Road, Dover.

N.H. Candidates Sought for New England Fishery Management Council
January 18, 2008 -- The State of New Hampshire has been notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service of four vacancies for the New England Fishery Management Council's at-large seats, one of which is currently held by Michael Leary of New Hampshire. To assist in filling these vacancies, N.H. Fish and Game's Marine Fisheries Division will host a candidates' interview night on Monday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m., at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, N.H. 

Bonus Trout Stocked for Anglers in Selected Lakes, Ponds and Rivers
January 18, 2008 -- Recent stockings of surplus brown and brook trout in spawning colors should lead to some pleasantly surprised anglers in New Hampshire. These fish, topping out at over two pounds and 18 inches, will challenge and reward the dedicated angler. List of waterbodies stocked.

Print Available: "Duck Blind Heaven" by Robert Childress
January 16, 2008 -- The N.H. Fish and Game Department and N.H. Ducks Unlimited are pleased to announce the availability of prints of  "Duck Blind Heaven" by Robert Childress. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of each print will benefit both organizations.

Fish and Game Department Performance Audit Report Released; Recommendations for Changes Made
January 15, 2008 -- The Office of the Legislative Budget Assistant, Audit Division's Performance Audit Report of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department was released today. "The Department concurred or concurred in part with 90% of the audit observations," said Acting Executive Director Donald S. Clarke.

Wildlife Action Grants Available for Teachers
January 10, 2008 --
- A new round has opened for teachers interested in starting wildlife habitat projects to apply for start-up funds from the Homes for Wildlife Action Grant Program at the N.H. Fish and Game Department. The program provides mini-grants for projects allowing students and educators to enhance habitat for people and wildlife.

Registration Opens for Winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop
January 7, 2008 -- Registration has opened for the 2008 Winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (B.O.W.) workshop, a one-day program for women who want to learn winter outdoor skills.  The sign-up period is January 7 through February 8

Salem, N.H., Man Injured in Snowmobile Accident
January 4, 2008 -- Ronald Allen, age 43, of Salem, N.H., was injured in a snowmobile accident at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2008, while riding on the Corridor 104 snowmobile trail in Bethlehem. 

Free Ice Fishing Class Offered in Milford
January 4, 2008-- Here's a chance to learn about a fun activity to enjoy during the long winter months -- ice fishing.  Join instructors from N.H. Fish and Game's "Let's Go Fishing" Program for a three-week Saturday program in Milford starting January 19.

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