Hunting seasons for migratory birds in NH
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.
“There is some flexibility in that range,” said Gustafson. New Hampshire seasons and bag limits on a few migratory birds will be set shortly, he said. Based on the recent federal assessment of the North American Canadian geese population, he expects days and limits for those to be liberalized. “We're putting together the numbers for fall,” he said.
The 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.
Youths under age 16, who get one waterfowl hunting weekend, Sept. 27-28, need only the federal duck stamp. But they must bring along a licensed hunter, who can't hunt that weekend.
The season for resident Canadian Geese — resident is the key word — is Sept. 2-25, with a daily limit of five birds. Gustafson said the resident geese are a particular problem for golf courses, where they have a virtually unlimited area of grass for grazing and a plentiful water supply. Because they tend to return to the same locations, or stay, their populations are also a problem in parks and even private lawns and pools and goose droppings and feathers are a significant issue.
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.
And contrary to what some people may think, based on childhood pranks. there really are snipes and there is a snipe hunting season, Sept. 15-Nov. 14, with a daily limit of eight birds, if you can get them. Gustafson suggests knowing the person well who sends you on “a snipe hunt.”
Gustafson said the waterfowl population is much larger than it used to be, but the number of hunters has stabilized. In particular, he said: “It's a rural tradition.”
Gustafson said: “The tradition goes back hundreds of years.” He said the hunters “love to see their retrievers” at work. It provides recreation opportunities and food. It's a form of recreation that can provide a bonus: a good meal.
The one bird for which there is no limit during the fall season, from Aug. 15 through Nov. 30, is the crow. The spring crow season will be March 16-31, 2015.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Be like Wenceslaus The king who gave of himself - 3
- 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' - 0
- Slandering police: Racism in reverse - 27
- A mom's bail: Getting it right - 0
- Clooney gets it: Sony attack was not a 'crime' - 12
- Proof of Santa here: Hooksett's Dick Marshall, for one - 0
- Christmas spirit: Do you have more than a homeless man? - 1
- The Sony hack: Kim's judgment of Obama - 47
- Obama gets smoked: Castros celebrate in Havana - 38
READER COMMENTS: 0
- 2014 top 10 list of wage and hour - 0
- Thumbs-up for Ebert's winner - 0
- It's Central, Merrimack - 0
- Goal: Stay healthy - 0
- Year in review: A look back at NH's top stories - 0
- Indecent proposition from New London chief was 'chilling' says victim - 1
- Details of Reams inquiry released - 0
- New Hampshire police part of funeral for slain NYC officer - 0
- Workers' rally to bring back Artie T. captured public's heart - 0
Merrimack teen allegedly held girl captive
Thoughts as we move from one year to another
'Interview' buzz spreads to NH
Details of Reams inquiry released