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December 27, 2012

Lots of chances to check out Fish and Game

CONCORD — Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department booth at several upcoming events.

The Rockingham Hunting and Fishing Expo is set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6, at Rockingham Park in Salem. Visit rockinghamexpo.com for details.

Stop by the New Hampshire Fish and Game booth to buy a 2013 New Hampshire hunting and fishing licenses and the 2013 New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife calendar.

Pick up maps, law books and the 2013 summer brochure for Barry Conservation Camp. The expo features many local and national outdoor products and services, as well as hunting and fishing seminars.

Young outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy trying their luck at the trout pond or hitting the bull’s eye at the archery range. Half the proceeds from the children’s attractions at the Rockingham Expo will be donated to Barry Conservation Camp, the overnight summer camp for youth operated by Fish and Game in partnership with 4-H through UNH Cooperative Extension. Barry Camp programs focus on the shooting sports, hunting, fishing and other outdoor skills.

It’s the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Exposition Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire (700 Elm St.) in Manchester.

Since 1984, “New Hampshire’s Greatest Winter Fair” has offered commercial exhibits, educational sessions, student and exhibitor demonstrations, animals, an auction and activities for all ages.

Stop by the N.H. Fish and Game booth to enjoy the wildlife exhibit and learn how to make connections with wildlife in your own back yard. For information and directions, visit nhfarmandforestexpo.org.

It’s all about ice Feb. 9 and 10 when the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby is planned.

The derby brings anglers to New Hampshire from all over the country. For the 2013 derby, the Meredith Rotary Club will be providing all cash prizes. A grand prize winning fish (white perch, yellow perch, cusk, lake trout, pickerel, black crappie or rainbow trout) can be caught in any fresh water open to the public.

During the derby, N.H. Fish and Game fisheries biologists Don Miller and John Viar will collect valuable fish data at the derby weigh-in.

As part of the event, Fish and Game’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program presents free hands-on sessions for children and their parents on the basics of ice fishing. For tickets and information, visit meredithrotary.com.

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