Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set in New Hampshire

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Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set in New HampshireCONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire 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.  The 2008 seasons for these game birds are as follows:

Resident Canada geese:  The bag limit is five birds per day during the September season, which extends from September 2 (the day after Labor Day) through September 25, 2008.  As was true last year, New Hampshire’s resident Canada goose population continues to grow and has a statewide distribution. 

Youth Waterfowl Weekend: The last weekend in September, this year the youth weekend falls on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28. All regular season waterfowl regulations, including bag limits, shooting hours, use of non-toxic shot, etc., apply during the youth weekend.

Woodcock:  October 6 – November 4, 2008. Bag limit is 3 birds per day.

Snipe:  September 15 to November 4, 2008. Bag limit is 8 birds per day.

Sea ducks: October 1, 2008 – January 15, 2009. Bag limit is 7 birds per day, with no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders or 4 long-tailed ducks

Crows:  The fall crow-hunting season runs from August 15 to November 30, 2008; next spring’s two-week crow season will be March 16-31, 2009.

Hunters of all migratory game birds must have a 2008 New Hampshire hunting license and are required by federal law to register for the National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). In New Hampshire, this includes all who hunt ducks, geese, snipe, woodcock and coots.  Separate HIP permits are needed in each state.  Licensed hunters should call 1-800-207-6183, or go to the “Buy Your License Online” section of the Fish and Game website www.HuntNH.com, to receive a permit number (there is no charge).  This number should be written on the hunting license.  Harvest information from HIP helps Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service make more reliable estimates of the number of all migratory birds harvested.  Each year, a random selection of hunters is asked to complete a voluntary harvest survey.

Waterfowl hunters must also obtain a federal duck stamp and a New Hampshire Migratory Waterfowl hunting license.

If you’re new to waterfowl hunting or thinking about getting started, get an introduction at a free waterfowl hunting seminar being offered by N.H. Fish and Game on Saturday, September 13, 2008, from 9 a.m. – noon at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center on Perch Pond Road in Holderness. The session will be taught by veteran waterfowler Pete Lester.  Pre-registration is required. To sign up for the workshop, call (603) 536-3954. For more information, click here.

Late-season waterfowl dates for the upcoming season in New Hampshire will be finalized after a public hearing on August 26, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H.  For more information, visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Newsroom/News_2008/News_2008_Q3/Waterfowl_Hearing_080508.html.

Hunters are asked to report all banded birds by calling toll-free to 1-800-327-BAND.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will send a certificate with information about the bird.

For more information on New Hampshire hunting season dates and regulations, click here.

To buy licenses and permits online, visit www.HuntNH.com.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.