CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has finalized the 2013 hunting season dates and bag limits for early season migratory game birds, with no changes from last year, except that possession limits rise to three times the daily bag limit, rather than two times the daily bag limit.
Resident Canada geese can be hunted during the September season, which extends from September 3 through September 25. There is a five birds per day limitation on resident Canada geese during this period of time. Woodcock hunting open from October 1 – November 14, with a daily bag limit of 3 birds per day. Snipe is available for hunting from September 15 – November 14. The daily bag limit for snipe is 8 birds per day. Sea ducks can be hunted between October 1, 2013 – January 15, 2014. Daily bag limit is for sea ducks is 7 birds per day, with no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders or 4 long-tailed ducks (oldsquaw). The fall crow-hunting season runs from August 15 to November 30.
Youth Waterfowl Weekend will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2013. All regular season waterfowl regulations, including bag limits, shooting hours, use of non-toxic shot, etc., apply during the youth weekend.
Hunters of all migratory game birds must have a 2013 New Hampshire hunting license and are required by federal law to register for the National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). In New Hampshire, this includes all who hunt ducks, geese, snipe, woodcock and coots. Separate HIP permits are needed in each state.
Licensed hunters should call 1-800-207-6183, or go to the "Buy Your License Online" section of the Fish and Game website http://www.huntnh.com, to receive a permit number (there is no charge). This number should be written on the hunting license. Harvest information from HIP helps Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service make more reliable estimates of the number of all migratory birds harvested.
Waterfowl hunters must also obtain a federal duck stamp and a New Hampshire Migratory Waterfowl hunting license. For more information on waterfowl or other New Hampshire hunting seasons, or to buy licenses and permits online, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunting.htm