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New Hampshire Director Message

A Partnership for American Wildlife

New Hampshire Director Message

On September 2, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, now the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, which went into effect on July 1, 1938. At a difficult time in the country’s history when it was still reeling from the economic crash of 1929, Senator Key Pittman from Nevada and Virginia Congressman A. Willis Robertson co-sponsored the Pittman-Robertson bill for wildlife restoration, a new and unprecedented law at a time when many species were in trouble due to overhunting and habitat destruction. Using an excise tax on firearms, ammunition, and hunting gear, the act paved the way for a stable, secure program of wildlife conservation applied across the United States for the past 85 years.

Pittman-Robertson has fostered partnerships among federal and state fish and wildlife agencies, the sporting arms industry, conservation groups, and sportsmen and sportswomen to benefit wildlife and has been key to implementing the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation www.fishwildlife.org/landing/north-american-model-wildlife-conservation. In 1950, the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act passed, now known as the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act. Together, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program (known at NH Fish and Game as WSFR) has contributed millions of dollars annually and a record $1.5 billion in 2022 to fish and wildlife conservation in the United States.

This is a good seque to the changes beginning this fall to the hunting rules in New Hampshire. Read this digest for all the specifics, but overall we have been able to add hunting days for deer, bear, and turkey. We are also implementing online registration for deer, in addition to online turkey registration which we started a few years ago. We are also removing the requirement that hunters register their first deer before taking a second one, and hunters have a new option for reporting harvested bears, at a specified registration station, with a Conservation Officer, or with specified Fish and Game personnel.

So, thank you for your support of our important work, and have a safe and enjoyable hunting season.

Scott R. Mason

Executive Director

N.H. Fish and Game Department

New Hampshire Director Message

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