Public Hearing October 6 on Proposed Wildlife Rules in New Hampshire

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Proposed rule changes regarding bear baiting and applications for bear guides, shot size for taking turkeys, and miscellaneous wildlife rule readoptions will be discussed at a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301.

Proposed Fish and Game Department changes include:

  • Changing the permit allocation process for persons licensed for guiding to take bear from a first-come-first-served basis, to a computer-based selection of random numbers;
  • Reducing the maximum number of bait sites that can be used by hunting guides to take wildlife, including bear, deer and coyotes, from 6 sites to a maximum of 2 sites, depending on WMU.

Through the proposed rule changes above, the Fish and Game Department is proposing to implement an allocation system for 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 for all guides interested in guiding for bear. Fish and Game is also looking to create equity between hunters who are not guides and guides, by adopting a consistent standard for the number of bait sites that can be used.

In a second rule proposal being discussed at the hearing, Fish and Game is proposing to:

  • Change the shot size for taking wild turkey from #2, #4, #5 and #6 to shot size of #2 or smaller;
  • Readopt without changes several miscellaneous wildlife rules.

The complete rulemaking notices, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed on the Fish and Game website. Go to and click on “Baiting wildlife and bear guide permit allocation process” or "Shot size for taking turkey."

Written comments must be received by October 17, 2011. Send to: (put “comment on wildlife/bear (or wildlife/turkey) rules” 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.