Fish and Game to hold hearings on proposed permit reduction for moose hunt


March 17. 2017 11:52PM

Two young bull moose spar with each other. (DUANE CROSS)







CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold public hearings on proposed rules to reduce moose permits for the 2017 moose season, according to a press release from the department.

Public hearings will be held on the following dates: March 30 at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord at 6:30 p.m. and April 4 at Fish and Game Region 1 Office, 629B Main St., Lancaster at 6:30 p.m.

The complete rulemaking notice, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed at www.wildnh.com/legislative/proposed-rules.html. Written comments must be received by April 11.

Send to: comments@wildlife.nh.gov (use subject line “Comments on Moose Permits”); or write to Executive Director, NH Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to (603) 271-5829.

After considering public comment, the Wildlife Division will present the final rule package to the Fish and Game Commission at its April 12 meeting.

The rules then go before the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) for approval. The new rules will establish permit numbers to be issued in the 2017 moose permit lottery in June.

According to proposal highlights from the department, Fish and Game has proposed to reduce statewide moose hunt permit issuance from 71 in 2016 to 51 in 2017. The estimated moose density in the South West Region, comprised of Moose Management Units H2-North, H2-South and K has declined to the “cut-off threshold,” established in the Moose Management Plan, at which permit issuance will be suspended, the department said.

As a result, the proposal would suspend permit issuance in these three units (no permits would be issued) during the 2017 lottery.

The initial proposal also would reduce permit numbers in the North Region (units B, C2, and D1) from 25 to 15, and in the White Mountain Region (units C1, D2, E1, E2, E3, and F) from 20 to 15, with some permits continuing to be issued in all moose management units in these regions.
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