Hearing set on fishing and hunting changes
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed rules regarding wildlife and hunting and fishing guides on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord.
The proposed changes to the Fish and Game wildlife rules would affect information reported by moose hunters, certain trapping requirements, deer pre-damage and depredation permits, baiting permit issuance on the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Forest, and youth pheasant hunting events.
Additional proposed rules being considered at the same hearing would affect licensed New Hampshire hunting guides and anyone wanting to become a licensed guide.
The complete rulemaking notices can be viewed at wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm.
Ice is melting; move those bobhouses
CONCORD — Attention ice anglers: All bobhouses, also known as ice shanties, must be removed from the ice no later than the end of the day on April 1, according to state law.
Once it’s off the ice, do not leave a bobhouse on public or private property without permission – that’s also a violation of state law – so if you’ve moved your bobhouse to the shoreline, take care to move the structure to your own property.
The law is designed to ensure that bobhouses and their contents don’t fall through the ice and become a hazard to boaters or get left behind on shore, said Sgt. Dave Eskeland of the Law Enforcement Division.
Failure to remove a bobhouse from public waters, public property or private property by the deadline can result in a fine and a one-year loss of the owner’s fishing license. In cases where Conservation Officers cannot identify the bobhouse owner, Fish and Game has the authority to seize any bobhouse and its contents not removed by the deadline.
For more information, contact your local Conservation Officer or Fish and Game’s Law Enforcement Division in Concord at 271-3127.