From the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department - Public Asked to Report Feral Swine

Prolific feral swine are now found in New HampshireConcord, New Hampshire - The public is being asked to report any sightings of free-ranging feral swine, more commonly called wild pig, wild boar or feral hog. These animals can now be found from Florida to Washington, with an estimated population of 5 million nationwide. Feral swine are not native to North America and have expanded their range from 17 to 39 states in the last 30 years. They currently inhabit many northeastern states, including New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Expansion of this invasive species is of significant concern to farmers, livestock producers, natural resource managers, animal health officials, and the general public. In the past few decades, feral swine have arguably become the most invasive and destructive large mammal species in North America. They have been labeled an ecological disaster, in large part because our ecosystems did not evolve with feral swine and therefore have not adapted to their damaging behavior.

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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - Enter the 2014 N.H.Moose Hunt Lottery Today

Concord, New Hampshire – The lottery is open for New Hampshire's 2014 moose hunt. Enter soon and try your luck on what many consider the adventure of a lifetime. Lottery applications are just $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

To enter, visit huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm, where you can apply online or get a mail-in application. Or pick up a lottery application from any Fish and Game license agent or at the Fish and Game Department in Concord. 

Moose hunt lottery applications for 2014 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time on May 30, 2014, or delivered to the Licensing office at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4:00 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 20 in Concord.

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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - N.H. Deer Harvest Highest in 6 Years; Bear Take Down; Turkey Totals

Concord, New Hampshire - The preliminary numbers are in for New Hampshire's deer, bear and fall turkey hunting seasons, and it was a successful year for many N.H. hunters.

The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2013 hunting season was 12,387 deer -- up 7% from the final 2012 kill of 11,612. It was the highest take since 2007, and the fourth highest harvest on record in NH.

"Based on where deer were registered, it appears as if most counties had deer kills similar to or above the 2012 harvest," said Dan Bergeron, the Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

The 2013 harvest represents about 14% of New Hampshire's pre-season population of about 87,000 deer. Deer hunting closed in the state on December 15, the final day of the archery deer season.

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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - Sign Up Now for Barry Camp Wild Game Culinary Adventure

Participants wait as  squirrel and moose meat sizzle on the grill at the 2012 wild game weekend. Concord, New Hampshire - Back by popular demand, registration is now open for the Barry Camp Wild Game Culinary Adventure, a weekend exploring wild game preparation and cooking to be held at Barry Conservation Camp in Milan, N.H., September 27-29, 2013. The cost of the event is $150, which includes meals, instruction and rustic lodging. All proceeds benefit the Barry Camp Fund.

A print-and-mail application is available at huntnh.com/barrycamp/game_weekend.html or call 603-271-3211. Register right away if you are interested – this event is limited to 35 participants and fills up fast.

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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - 2013 New Hampshire Moose Auction Bid Deadline is August 9, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces the launch of the 2013 NH Moose Permit Auction. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation's web site at nhwildlifefoundation.org or by calling 603-496-2778.

2013 marks the fifth annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. As the official nonprofit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Foundation is authorized to auction up to five permits to the five highest bidders. NEW FOR 2013 -- the highest winning bidder will also win a 50% off coupon towards a state of the art Redemption muzzleloading rifle of the winner's choice, courtesy of LHR Sporting Arms, Rochester, NH (lhrsportingarms.com). The next 4 highest bidders will receive a free NH 2013 fishing, hunting, bear or turkey license.

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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - Lucky Day for 2013 NH Moose Hunt Permit Winners

Governor Maggie Hassan chats with Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau. Concord, New Hampshire - The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 275 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October. They are the lucky winners in the state's annual moose hunt permit lottery drawing, held today with great fanfare at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's headquarters in Concord, N.H.

Governor Maggie Hassan kicked off the festivities by pushing the button to start the computerized random selection of this year's winners. "This lottery is not only an important part of New Hampshire's tradition and culture, but it boosts our economy by bringing people and tourism dollars to the state as people come here from all over the world to hunt," said Hassan.

The Governor participated in the traditional reading of the winners' names to a packed audience of 100 or more people who were present at the N.H. Fish and Game Department in hopes of hearing their names on the list of winners who would be offered a permit to participate in this year's hunt.

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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game - NH Moose Hunt Lottery Deadline Is Friday, May 31 … Are You In?

Mike and Bonnie Blanchard of Sullivan took this great bull in the 2012 NH moose hunt - image courtesy of New Hampshire Fish and Game
"Mike and Bonnie Blanchard of Sullivan took this great bull in the 2012 NH moose hunt - image from New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Concord, New Hampshire – If you haven’t submitted an application and want a chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, then you better get moving! The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery ... Friday, May 31. This year, 275 lucky winners will be offered permits to participate in New Hampshire's 2013 moose hunt, which runs from October 19 – 27. Last year's statewide hunter success rate for moose was 64%.

It's easy to enter. Visit huntnh.com to apply online or print out a mail-in application, or pick up a lottery application from any Fish and Game office or license agent. The entry fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents. Lottery applications for 2013 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, May 31, or delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day.

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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - Spring Season Looks Good for N.H. Turkey Hunters

New Hampshire Fish and GameConcord, New Hampshire - It should be a good spring season for New Hampshire’s turkey hunters, says New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Turkey Biologist Ted Walski. The spring gobbler season opens Friday, May 3, and runs through Friday, May 31, statewide. New Hampshire's Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend occurs the weekend before the season opens, this year taking place on April 27-28, 2013.

See a new 3-minute video about turkey hunting in New Hampshire at huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_turkey.htm.

Longtime Fish and Game Turkey Biologist Ted Walski predicts a good turkey harvest this spring, in the range of 4,000 gobblers. New Hampshire saw a relatively good hatch of young turkeys last summer, followed by a fairly easy winter.

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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - Enter the Lottery Now for a Chance to Hunt Moose in N.H.

Don’t miss a year, or you’ll lose your points!

Justin Routhier on a 2010 moose hunt - photo from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department CONCORD,New Hampshire - If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time to enter the lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime. Applications for the lottery cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents (nonrefundable) and are available online at huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent. A total of 275 permits will be issued in this year’s lottery.

Apply now by visiting N.H. Fish and Game at huntnh.com, where you can apply online or print out a mail-in application. Lottery applications for 2013 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, May 31, 2013, or delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Applicants are encouraged to apply online and early since there is less chance of submitting an incomplete application.

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