Public asked to weigh in on waterfowl hunting season
A public meeting will be held Aug. 13 to discuss proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2014 waterfowl season, which includes Canada geese. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
A New Hampshire Fish and Game official said the waterfowl population is much larger than it used to be, but the number of hunters has stabilized. FILE PHOTO
The proposed season is similar to last year’s, with the overall duck season 60 days and a daily bag limit of six birds. The significant change is for the Canada goose, with the season increased 10 days to 70 days, and the daily bag limit increasing from two to three birds.
Kent Gustafson, the department’s Wildlife Programs administrator, said: “It’s big-picture management.” As a result, he said, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assesses the flyway population and determines how many days and bag limits are appropriate.
Gustafson said the waterfowl population is much larger than it used to be, but the number of hunters has stabilized.
He said hunters “love to see their retrievers” at work. It’s a form of recreation that can provide a bonus: a good meal.
The Fish and Game Department has released seasons and limits for a number of game birds, for which a hunting license, a migratory waterfowl license and a federal duck stamp are required.
As for some other migratory game, for sea ducks, the season is Oct. 1 to Jan. 15, 2015, and the limit is seven, with no more than four scoters, four eiders or four long-tailed ducks. Woodcock season is Oct. 1 to Nov. 14, with a limit of three birds per day.
The public meeting is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord.
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