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N.H. makes changes in hunting dates and game-bird limits

By Bill Biswanger, MediaNews Correspondent

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has issued hunting-season dates and bag limits for early-season migratory game birds.
Changes this year include an increase in the daily bag limit for resident Canada geese from three to five birds a day during the September season, as well as changes in the season dates for both crows and sea ducks. No changes were made to woodcock and common snipe. The youth waterfowl weekend remains the last weekend in September.

The following are the early migratory game bird seasons and bag limits for 2004:

Resident Canada geese: The bag limit has been increased from three to five birds per day during the September season, which extends from the day after Labor Day (Sept. 7) through Sept. 25. The state's resident Canada goose population continues to grow and has a statewide distribution.

Crows: The fall crow-hunting season began two weeks earlier this year, from Aug. 15 to Nov. 30. The spring crow-hunting season (March 16-31) has been shortened to two weeks.

Sea ducks: Oct. 1 to Jan. 15; bag limit is seven birds per day, with no more than four scoters, four eiders or four oldsquaw. The season was changed from the Sept. 15 opening at the request of sportsmen who attended the public hearing.

Woodcock: Oct. 1 to Oct. 30; bag limit is unchanged at three birds per day. (

Common snipe: Sept. 15 to Oct. 30; bag limit is unchanged at eight birds per day.

Youth waterfowl weekend: lLast weekend in September (Sept. 25-26).

Hunters of all migratory game birds must have a 2004 New Hampshire hunting license and are required by law to register for the National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP).

In New Hampshire, this includes all who hunt waterfowl, snipe, woodcock and coots. Harvest information provided through this program is critical for the management of migratory game bird populations. Separate permits are needed in each state hunted. Licensed hunters should call 1-800-207-6183 to receive a permit number. Write this permit number on your license. Hunters also may register at http://www.nhfishandgame.com There is no charge for a HIP permit.

Waterfowl hunters must also obtain a federal and a state duck stamp.

Hunters are asked to report all banded birds using the toll-free phone number, 1-800-327-BAND. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will send a certificate with information about the bird.

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