New Hampshire Holding Public Meeting About Furbearer Rules

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A public hearing about proposed rules affecting the importation and possession of alligators, crocodiles and bison, as well as clarifying the rules on furbearer hunting, is set for Thursday, December 16, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

Fish and Game is proposing to:

  • Clarify that raccoon may be taken at night;
  • Clarify that coyote may be taken by firearm or bow and arrow;
  • Prohibit importation and possession of alligators and crocodiles by individuals;
  • Add bison as a non-controlled species for possession and remove the requirement for tagging under a propagators license; this means persons will be able to possess and propagate bison without a permit from the Fish and Game Department; and
  • Readopt wildlife rehabilitation rules.

The proposed rule, with original and proposed language, may be found at

Written comments on the proposed changes may be submitted by December 27, 2010<; e-mail to [email protected] (put "Comment on Wildlife Rules" in subject line); fax to 603-271-1438; or mail to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve manage and protect the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit


CVC's picture

Kind of makes you wonder what

Kind of makes you wonder what happened that they have to clarify that a raccoon can be taken at night or that you can use a rifle or bow to take a coyote.  Both seem like no-brainers so something must have happened to make them have to clarify it.  Probably poorly written regulation that someone interpreted and applied exactly as written, not as people had interpreted it before.