New Hampshire to Discuss Bear Guide Permit Application

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Proposed rules affecting bear guide permit allocation, possession of bear and the moose hunt lottery will be discussed at a public hearing on Monday, February 28, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301.

Proposed rules affecting bear guide permits would increase the number of permits to guide for taking bear from 35 to 50; change the process for securing up to 6 guided bear transportation tags (per guide per year) from the Concord office; specify a maximum number of transportation tags issued per year (210); and specify requirements for bear tags and registration seals for bear. Fish and Game also proposes to readopt with amendment the rule relative to the bear guide permit to: clarify information requested on the application, allow only one application per applicant, make both the bear guide permit and the bear transportation tags nontransferable, and require the applications to be legible and correct.

"Fish and Game is interested in developing an allocation system for the bear permits for guides that will maintain the current, historical level of bear harvest by guided hunters while providing for a fair and equitable process," said Fish and Game Wildlife Programs Supervisor Mark Ellingwood.

With regard to the possession of bear carcasses, Fish and Game is proposing to establish the same restrictions as are currently in place for moose and deer, that they must have a tag or registration seal attached and that bear parts given to another must be properly labeled.

With regard to the moose hunt lottery, Fish and Game is proposing to:

  • Specify that the proof of residency for purposes of the moose hunt lottery is a N.H. driver's license or non-driver's ID number.
  • Add that a moose hunt lottery applicant who provides an incorrect state of residency would lose his or her lottery "bonus" points.
  • Clarify that applications are non-transferrable.
  • Describe the conditions under which the Director would delay participation in the moose hunt.

The complete rulemaking notice, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed on the Fish and Game website. Go to www.wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm and click on “Moose Lottery and Bear Guide Permit Rules.”

Written comments must be received by March 10, 2011. Send to: comments@wildlife.nh.gov. (use "Comments on bear guide permits/moose lottery" in subject line; or write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to (603) 271-1438.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit http://www.wildnh.com.