Fish and Game

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There’s no way around it. This week, Something Wild is a little thick. Like hundreds of pages thick but stay with us.

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Two teenagers from Amesbury, Massachusetts were  rescued Wednesday after their snowmobiles broke through the ice and were partially submerged, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Jacob Bent and Victoria Holbrook, both 17, were crossing the First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg at about 1 p.m. when their machines broke through the first layer of ice, sank about three feet and then came to rest on another layer of more solid ice, said Conservation Officer Eric Fluette.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Regular hunting and fishing license fees in New Hampshire have gone up $10 - the first increase in 12 years.

The increases took effect Friday. They were authorized by the Legislature to fill a $1.2 million hole in the Fish and Game department's budget.

For state residents, fees go to $45 for a fishing license, $32 for a hunting license and $56 for a combination license.

For the first time, hunters and anglers over age 68 have to buy a $7 annual license, plus habitat and transaction fees.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers are conducting a poaching investigation in Errol after they said a moose was found shot to death, with its antlers missing.

Officers responded to a tip on Sunday regarding the dead animal, found about three-fourths of a mile from the end of Smokey Camp Brook Road.

They said it was a mature bull moose, believed to have been shot on or around Friday. No meat was taken from the animal. Conservation officers were able to find some physical evidence at the scene.

N.H.'s New Ten-Year Action Wildlife Plan

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The state's new ten-year wildlife action plan was announced last month, laying out priorities for New Hampshire's natural resources and critters. We'll look into what the plan entails, and how its used in towns weighing conservation against other considerations.

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Rescuers helped two lost hikers in Randolph and a man who fell while ice climbing in the Huntington Ravine Saturday, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The lost hikers, both from Massachusetts, were part of a group of four who climbed Mount Madison and then separated. About 5:20 pm two of the hikers reached their vehicle, didn’t see their companions, and figured the other two had missed the correct trail, so they called for help.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game is now selling combined lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for newborns.

The licenses can be used once the child is sixteen years old.

Maine and Vermont already offer similar deals. New Hampshire Fish and Game reports it has been getting calls over the past few years asking for them in the Granite State.

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The cost of a license to hunt and fish in New Hampshire would increase next year under a draft proposal outlined Wednesday by the Fish and Game Department.

Under the proposal, a resident fishing license for all species would go from $33 to $38. Hunting licenses for New Hampshire residents would from $21 to $30. And a combination hunting and fishing license would go from $44 to $56.

Officials say the increases are needed to fill a $1.1 million revenue gap.

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New Hampshire's Fish and Game Commission is meeting Wednesday to discuss potential hunting and fishing license fee increases, which haven't gone up in at least 12 years.

During the 2015 session, the state Legislature granted the department's executive director and commission the authority to set hunting and fishing license fees.

The commission is meeting at 1 p.m. at the Fish and Game Department in Concord.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers say they used GPS coordinates from a 911 cellphone call to find two 17-year-old hikers overcome by darkness at North Pack Monadnock Mountain.

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Rescuers in the North Country had to carry a Massachusetts man for seven hours on Sunday after he injured his leg hiking in a remote area.

The 40-year-old Massachusetts man was hiking with his wife near the junction of the Six Husbands and Great Gulf trails when – about noon – he hurt his leg crossing a river.

There was no cell coverage and another hiker – an employee of the Appalachian Mountain Club - had to walk four and one-half miles to call for help.

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This past year's especially harsh winter has prompted the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to rethink a proposal to bring back the state's bobcat trapping season.

In January, the state Fish and Game Commission voted to have the department draw up a proposal for a bobcat season, but those plans were put on hold by the harsh winter.

Fish and Game's Doug Whitefield says winters are hard on young bobcats.

The Telegraph reports the last time New Hampshire allowed bobcat trapping was 1989.

Fish And Game's Glenn Normandeau

May 11, 2015
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Fish and Game Executive Director joins us to discuss his agency's mission, its 150th anniversary, and its wildlife management planning process - including decisions around hunting permits and fishing catch limits.

 A hiker is recovering after he slid off a New Hampshire mountain trail and down a ledge into some trees, unable to move due to the steep grade and ice.

Fish and Game Department officers say 21-year-old John Ng of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was able to call 911 Thursday afternoon from Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, in the White Mountain National Forest.

Rescuers found him about five hours later, suffering from symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. They replaced his frozen shoes and socks with dry ones and put several layers of clothing on him.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officers say a Massachusetts man on a snowmobile has died after crashing into a tree in the North Country.

Officers believe the 39-year-old man from Dunstable became distracted and missed a corner before crashing at about 6 p.m. Thursday on a trail in North Statford. He suffered serious injuries. One companion stayed with him while another went to a residence in Columbia and called for help.

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While several states have already outlawed the use of drones in hunting, New Hampshire may go further and ban so-called "smart rifles" and live-action game cameras as well.

The state Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing next Thursday on proposed rules involving hunting with the use of emerging technologies.

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In a meeting Wednesday, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission began a discussion on whether to open a bobcat trapping season. The proposal is far from final, but it’s already attracting the ire of the animal rights community.

Late last year biologists at the University of New Hampshire announced the results of a study, commissioned by Fish and Game. They estimated that from 1989 to today, the bobcat population in New Hampshire had rebounded from less than 200 cats to somewhere between 800 and 1,400.

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State officials are warning ice conditions are more dangerous than they appear.

After an unseasonably warm December, a hard frost has settled over New Hampshire, coating many ponds and lakes with a layer of ice. That ice may look solid, but in many cases it’s not nearly thick enough for ice fishing or snow mobiles.

Kevin Jordan with Fish and Game says to hike or fish safely you need four to six inches of solid ice, and for snowmobiling you need eight to ten inches.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says a student and an adult on a school hiking trip needed help after suffering medical emergencies on a trail in Sargent's Purchase.

The group from Jesse Remington High School of Candia was hiking the Glen Boulder Trail on Thursday.

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The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is asking anglers fishing in the Squam Lakes to immediately release any largemouth and smallmouth bass that were radio-tagged as part of a state study.   The bass will have a thin wire protruding from their underside and a yellow numbered tag near their dorsal fin.   The goal of the three-year study is to determine the percentage of bass returning to Big Squam Lake after being lake and weighed in and released in Little Squam Lake, and how long it takes them.

Rescuers found a missing teenager in the woods near Jefferson just before midnight Monday, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Matthew Darr, who is 19 and has autism, had been staying at the Easter Seals Intensive Residential Treatment Facility in Lancaster.  But about 6:30 pm he ran away from his caregivers when their van stopped near a rest stop on Route 115.

Members of Fish and Game, State Police and local police began searching almost immediately and at one point a search dog from Fish and Game picked up the scent but then lost it in a swampy area.

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Initial coverage by Sam Evans-Brown here.

 A second reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in two recent loon shootings in New Hampshire.

The reward is being offered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An initial reward of $5,000 was offered by The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

Moose Munching
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The deadline is approaching to enter New Hampshire's moose permit lottery.       Entries are due Friday, May 30.    The state is offering permits to 124 winners for this year's moose hunt, which runs from Oct. 18-26.  Last year's statewide hunter success rate for moose was 64 percent.   Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing and announced on Friday, June 20.  To enter, visit http://www.huntnh.com to apply online or print out a mail-in application. Participants also can pick up a lottery application from any Fish and Game office or license agent.

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New Hampshire's state bear expert says good-hearted but irresponsible residents are "loving the animals to death.''   Fish and Game officials discovered four sites in Stoddard, North Conway and Bethlehem where residents have resumed feeding black bears despite previous warnings to stop.   Biologist Andrew Timmins says two bears had to be killed in North Conway because they had become so accustomed to human food, they were breaking into cars.

Striped bass are starting to arrive in New Hampshire's coastal waters, and the state wants to figure out how many are out there.  To help state and federal fisheries biologists assess the status of the population, the state Fish and Game Department is asking anglers to participate in an online survey.  Participants are asked to measure each striped bass they catch. The survey is the only method the department currently has to get length measurements on fish that are released.  There's been a survey since 1993.  It can be found at http://www.fishnh.com/marine/striper_survey.html .     

After a brief delay, New Hampshire Fish and Game department trucks have been heading out to stock the state's lakes and ponds with trout.  Saturday is opening day for the state's designated trout ponds. Fish stocking generally occurs from mid-March to early July, but it didn't start until the last days of March this year because spring conditions were slow to arrive.  Inland Fisheries Chief Jason Smith says with cold, high waters from melting snow, it will be a few weeks before rivers and streams are at "fishable'' levels.

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 A New Hampshire wildlife biologist says that the spring turkey population appears to be robust, despite the record number of zero-degree days this winter.  Saturday marks the start of the annual Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend.  Turkey biologist Ted Walski says sightings of flocks of wild turkeys suggest they weren't affected by the frequently frigid winter.  He expects the spring turkey hunting season to be as good as or better than last spring, when hunters took 4,550 turkeys.  Turkey season for adult hunters runs from May 3 to May 31.

Karner Blue Male
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A unique forest habitat in Concord that's home to the endangered Karner blue butterfly is getting a face-lift--and over $233,000 in funding --in an effort to increase the butterfly population.  The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is getting the money to help maintain and restore the pine barrens, a mix of small trees, grassy areas and sandy soil, much of which has vanished nationwide to development.  The current population on the refuge is just over 1,500 butterflies. The goal is 3,000.

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As the ice continues to recede on shallow lakes and ponds, dead fish might be washing up on New Hampshire shorelines, but state officials say that's not uncommon.

The Fish and Game Department and Department of Environmental Services say a number of dead fish recently were discovered along the shore of Hopkinton Lake, also known as Elm Brook Pool, in Hopkinton.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is warning people not to join in a current trend where teenagers dare each other to jump into frigid waters.

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