CHAPTER Fis 300  WILDLIFE SEASONS AND RULES

 

Statutory Authority:  RSA Chapter 208

 

PART Fis 301  GAME ANIMALS

 

REVISION NOTE:

 

          Document #6250, effective 5-22-96, adopted a new section Fis 301.01.  Document #6250 also readopted with amendments and renumbered the former Fis 301.01 through Fis 301.06 as Fis 301.02 through Fis 301.07.  The former Fis 301.07 was only renumbered, but not readopted, by Document #6250 as Fis 301.08.  The former Fis 301.08 was readopted with amendment and renumbered by Document #6250 as Fis 301.09.  Former Fis 301.09 and Fis 301.10 were only renumbered, and not readopted, by Document #6250 as Fis 301.10 and Fis 301.11 respectively.

 

          Since the text of the current Fis 301.08, Fis 301.10 and Fis 301.11 were not part of Document #6250, the effective dates for these rules were not changed.

 

          Please note that the source notes for the renumbered sections in Part Fis 301 indicate the filing history for the rule text in that section after the effective date of Document #6250.

 

          Fis 301.01  Definitions.

 

          (a)  "Antlered deer" means a deer which has at least one antler 3 inches long measured from the tip of the main beam along the distal edge of the antler to the base of the antler burr at the skull.

 

          (b)  “Antlerless deer” means any deer which does not have at least one antler 3 inches long measured from the tip of the main beam along the distal edge of the antler to the base of the antler burr at the skull.

 

          (c)  “Baiting” means “baiting” as defined in RSA 207:1, II-a.

 

          (d)  “Baited area” means “baited area” as defined in RSA 207:1, II-b.

 

          (e)  “Crossbow” means a device consisting of a bow mounted to a rigid stock for discharging quarrels, bolts, or arrows and having a mechanical means to hold and release the drawn string.

 

          (f)  “Bolt” means a short projectile for a crossbow that resembles an arrow.

 

          (g)  “Quarrel” means a bolt with a 4-sided head and is often used as a synonym for bolt.

 

Source.  #7699, eff 6-5-02; ss by #8931, eff 7-6-07; ss by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10; ss by #12591, eff 7-25-18

 

          Fis 301.02  Wildlife Management Units.

 

          (a)  For purposes of this chapter, the state shall be divided into wildlife management units, also referred to as WMU’s, described as follows:

 

(1)  Wildlife management unit - A1:  From Stewartstown Beecher Falls Bridge in Stewartstown east to Rte. 3 then north on Rte. 3 to the Canadian border then following the Canadian/US border west and south to the VT/NH border, Connecticut River and continuing south to the Stewartstown Beecher Falls Bridge;

 

(2)  Wildlife management unit – A2:  From the Stewartstown/Beecher Falls Bridge in Stewartstown east to Rte. 3 in Stewartstown then north on Rte. 3 to the Canadian/US border northeast to the ME/NH border then following this south to Rte. 16 in Wentworth's Location, south on Rte. 16 to Rte. 26 in Errol, west on Rte. 26 in Errol to Colebrook, west on Lemington Rd. to the Colebrook-Lemington Bridge, then north along the NH/VT state line to the Stewartstown/Beecher Falls Bridge;

 

(3)  Wildlife management unit - B:  From the junction of the Connecticut River and the Upper Ammonoosuc River in Northumberland, north along the NH/VT state line to the Colebrook/Lemington bridge in Colebrook, east on Lemington Rd. to Rte. 3 in Colebrook, south on Rte. 3 to Rte. 26 in Colebrook, east on Rte. 26 to Rte. 16 in Errol, south on Rte. 16 to Rte. 110-A in Dummer, west on 110-A to Rte. 110 in West Milan, west on Rte. 110 to Rte. 3 in Groveton, north on Rte. 3 in Groveton to the Upper Ammonoosuc Bridge, west along the Upper Ammonoosuc River to its junction with the Connecticut River;

 

(4)  Wildlife management unit – C1:  From the junction of the Lost Nation Rd. in Northumberland and Rte. 110, east on Rte. 110 to Rte. 16 in Berlin, south on Rte. 16 to Rte. 2 in Gorham, west on Rte. 2 to North Rd. in Jefferson, north along North Rd. to Grange Rd., north on Grange Rd. to Lost Nation Rd., north on Lost Nation Rd. to the junction of Lost Nation Rd. and Rte. 110 in Northumberland;

 

(5)  Wildlife management unit – C2:  From the junction of Rte. 16 in Wentworth's Location and the ME/NH line, south on Rte. 16 to Rte. 110-A in Dummer, west on 110-A to Rte. 110 in Milan, south on 110 to Rte. 16 in Berlin, south on Rte. 16 to Rte. 2 in Gorham, east on Rte. 2 to the NH/ME state line, north on the NH/ME state line to its junction with Rte. 16 in Wentworth's Location;

 

(6)  Wildlife management unit – D1:  From the junction of the Lost Nation Rd. in Northumberland and Rte. 110, south along Lost Nation Rd. to Grange Rd., south on Grange Rd. to North Rd., south on North Rd. to Rte. 2 in Jefferson, east on Rte. 2 to Rte. 115 in Jefferson, south on Rte. 115 to Rte. 3 in Carroll, south on Rte. 3 to I-93 in Franconia, north on I-93 to the NH/VT state line, north on the NH/VT state line, to the junction of the Connecticut and Upper Ammonoosuc River in Northumberland, east along the Upper Ammonoosuc River to the Groveton/Rte. 3 bridge, south along Rte. 3 in Groveton, east on Rte. 110 to the junction of Rte. 110 and the Lost Nation Rd;

 

(7)  Wildlife management unit – D2-west:  From the junction of Rte. I-93 and the Vermont border in Littleton, south on I-93 to Rte. 142 in Franconia, south on Rte. 142 to Rte. 18, west on Rte. 18 to Rte. 116, south on Rte 116 to Rte. 112 and Rte. 116, west on Rte 116 to Long Pond Rd. (i.e. North/South Rd.) in Benton, south on Long Pond Rd. to High St. in Glencliff, south on High St. to Rte 25, south on Rte. 25 to Rte. 25-A in Wentworth, west on Rte. 25-A to Rte. 10 in Orford, north on Rte. 10 to Rte. 25-A, west on Rte. 25-A to the VT/NH border, north on the VT/NH border to its intersection with Rte. I-93 in Littleton;

 

(8)  Wildlife management unit – D2-east:  From the junction of Rte. I-93 and Rte. 142 in Franconia, south on Rte. I-93 to Rte. 112 in Woodstock, south west on Rte. 112 to Rte. 118 in Woodstock, south west on Rte. 118 to Rte. 25 in Warren, north on Rte. 25 to High St., north on High St. to Long Pond Rd., also known as North/South Road, north on Long Pond Rd. to Rte 116 in Benton, north on Rte. 116 to Rte. 18 in Franconia, east on Rte. 18 to Rte. 142, north on Rte. 142 to the intersection with Rte. I-93;

 

(9)  Wildlife management unit – E1:  From the junction of Rte. 2 and Rte. 115 in Jefferson east on Rte. 2 to Rte. 16 in Gorham, south on Rte. 16 to Rte. 302 in Glen, north on Rte. 302 to Rte. 3 in Twin Mountain, north on Rte. 3 to Rte. 115 in Carroll, north on Rte. 115 to its junction with Rte. 2 in Jefferson;

 

(10)  Wildlife management unit – E2:  From the junction of Rte. 2 and Rte. 16 in Gorham, south on Rte. 16 to Rte. 302 in Conway, east on Rte. 302 to the NH/ME state line, then north along the state line to its junction with Rte. 2;

 

(11)  Wildlife management unit – E3:  From the junction of Rte. 302 and Rte. 3 in Twin Mountain, south on Rte. 3 to I-93, south on I-93 to Rte. 112 in Lincoln, east on Rte. 112 to Rte. 16 in Conway, north on Rte. 16 to Rte. 302 in Glen, north on Rte. 302 to its junction with Rte. 3 in Twin Mountain;

 

(12)  Wildlife management unit - F:  From the junction of Rte. 25-A and Rte. 25 in Wentworth, north on Rte. 25 to Rte. 118 in Warren, north on Rte. 118 to Rte. 112 in Woodstock, east on Rte. 112 to Rte. 16 in Conway, south on Rte. 16 to Rte. 113 in Chocorua, west on Rte. 113 to Rte. 113-A in Tamworth, west on Rte. 113-A in Tamworth to Rte. 113 in Sandwich, west on Rte. 113 to Rte. 3 in Holderness, west on Rte. 3 to Exit 24 of I-93 in Ashland, north on I-93 to Rte. 25, exit 26 in Plymouth, west on Rte. 25 to the junction with Rte. 25-A;

 

(13)  Wildlife management unit – G1:  From the junction of Rte. 25-A and the VT/NH border in Orford, east on Rte. 25-A to Rte. 10 in Orford, south on Rte. 10 to Rte. 25-A in Orford, east on Rte. 25-A to Rte. 25 in Wentworth, southeast on Rte. 25 to Rte. 118 in Rumney, south on Rte. 118 to Rte. 4 in Canaan, south and east on Rte 4 to Rte. 11 in Andover, west on Rte. 11 to Rte. I-89 in New London, west on Rte. I-89 to the VT/NH border, north on the VT/NH border to its intersection with Rte. 25-A in Orford;

 

(14)  Wildlife management unit – G2:   From the junction of Rte. 118 and Rte. 25 in Rumney, southeast on Rte. 25 to Exit 26 of Rte. I-93 in Plymouth, south on Rte. I-93 to Rte. 104 in New Hampton, west on Rte. 104 to Rte. 4 in Danbury, north on Rte. 4 to Rte. 118 in Canaan, north on Rte. 118 to Rte. 25 in Rumney;

 

(15)  Wildlife Management Unit – H1: From the junction of I-89 and the NH/VT state line in Lebanon, south on I-89 to Rte. 10 in Grantham, south on Rte. 10 to Rte. 123 in Marlow, west on Rte. 123 to its junction with the Cold River in Walpole, west on Cold River to the NH/VT border, Connecticut River, north on the NH/VT border to I-89 in Lebanon;

 

(16)  Wildlife management unit – H2-north:  From the junction of Cold River and NH/VT border Connecticut River, in Walpole, east on Cold River to Rte. 123, east on Rte. 123 to Rte. 9 in Stoddard, east on Rte. 9 to Rte. 202 in Hillsborough, south on Rte. 202 to Rte. 101 in Peterborough, west on Rte. 101 to Rte. 9 in Keene, west on Rte. 9 to the VT/NH border, north to the Cold River;

 

(17)  Wildlife management unit – H2-south:  From the junction of Rte. 9 and the NH/VT border, east on Rte. 9 to Rte. 101 in Keene, east on Rte. 101 to Rte 202 in Peterborough, south on Rte. 202 to the NH/MA border, west on the NH/MA border to the NH/VT border (Connecticut River), north on the NH/VT border, Connecticut River to its intersection with Rte. 9;

 

(18)  Wildlife management unit – I1:  From the junction of I-89 and Rte. 11 in New London, north on Rte. 11 to Rte. 4 in Andover, north on Rte. 4 to Rte. 104 in Danbury, north on Rte. 104 to I-93 in New Hampton, south on I-93 to I-89 in Concord, north on I-89 to Rte. 11 in New London;

 

(19)  Wildlife management unit – I2:  From the junction of I-89 and Rte. 10 in Grantham, south on I-89 to Rte. 9 in Hopkinton, south on Rte. 9 to Rte. 123 in Stoddard, west on Rte. 123 to Rte. 10 in Marlow, north on Rte. 10 to I-89 in Grantham;

 

(20)  Wildlife management unit – J1:  From the junction of Rte. 113 and Rte. 3 in Holderness, north on Rte. 113 to Rte. 113-A in Sandwich, north on Rte. 113-A to Rte. 113 in Tamworth, east on Rte. 113 to Rte. 16 in Chocorua, north on Rte. 16 to Rte. 302 in Conway, east on Rte. 302 to the ME/NH line, south on ME/NH line to Rte. 109, west on Rte. 109 to Rte. 28 in Wolfeboro Center, south on Rte. 28/109 to Rte. 109 in Wolfeboro, north on Rte. 109 to Rte. 25 in Moultonboro, west on Rte. 25 to Rte. 25B in Center Harbor, along Rte. 25B to Rte. 3, north on Rte. 3 to its junction with Rte. 113 in Holderness;

 

(21)  Wildlife management unit J2:  From the junction of Rte. I-93 and Rte. 3 in Ashland, south on Rte. 3 to Rte. 25B in Center Harbor, east on Rte. 25B to Rte. 25 in Center Harbor, east on Rte. 25 to Rte. 109 in Moultonboro, southeast on Rte. 109 to Rte. 28/109 in Wolfeboro, north on Rte. 28/109 to Rte. 109 in Wolfeboro Center, east on Rte. 109 to its intersection with the ME/NH border, south along the ME/NH border to Rte. 202 in Rochester, south on Rte. 202 to Rte. 4 in Northwood, west on Rte. 4 to I-393 in Pembroke, west on I-393 to I-93 in Concord, north on I-93 to the junction of Rte. 3 in Ashland;

 

(22)  Wildlife Management Unit - K: From the junction of Rte. 9 and Rte. 202 in Hillsborough, south on Rte. 202 to the NH/MA state line, east on the NH/MA state line to Rte. 13 in Brookline, north on Rte. 13 to Rte. 101 in Milford, north on Rte. 101 to I-293 in Manchester, north on I-293 to I-93, north on I-93 to I-89 in Concord, west on I-89 to Rte. 9 in Hopkinton, south on Rte. 9 to its junction with Rte. 202 in Hillsborough;

 

(23)  Wildlife management unit - L:  From the junction of I-93 and I-393 in Concord, east on I-393 to Rte. 4, east on Rte. 4 to Rte. 202 in Northwood, north on Rte. 202 to NH/ME state line, south along the NH/ME state line to Little Bay, south along the Rockingham/Stafford County line in Little and Great Bay to the Squamscott River, south along the Squamscott River to Rte. 101, west along Rte. 101 to I-93 in Manchester, south on I-93 to I-293, north on I-293 to I-93 to I-393 in Concord; and

 

(24)  Wildlife Management Unit - M: From the junction of Rte. 13 in Brookline and the NH/MA border, north on Rte. 13 to Rte. 101 in Milford, north on Rte. 101 to Rte. I-293 in Manchester, east on I-293 to I-93, north on I-93 to Rte. 101 in Manchester, east on Rte. 101 to its junction with the Squamscott River in Exeter, north along the Squamscott River to Great Bay, north along the Strafford/Rockingham County line in Great and Little Bay to the NH/ME state line, east along the NH/ME state line to the Atlantic Ocean, south along the NH coast line to the NH/MA line, west along the NH/MA state line to its junction with Rte. 13 in Brookline.

 

          (b)  Whenever a wildlife management unit is referenced with only a letter, and that WMU has been divided into subwildlife management units with number, that reference shall include all of the area enclosed by those subunits.  For example, WMU-J shall include WMU's J1 and J2.

 

          (c)  Whenever a subwildlife management unit is referenced with a letter and number and that WMU has been further divided into smaller units, that reference shall include all of the area enclosed by those units.  For example, WMU–H2 shall include H2-north and H2-south.

 

Source.  (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301) #6250, eff 5-22-96; amd by #6520, eff 5-31-97; amd by #7107, 9-25-99; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #8644, eff 6-1-06; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10; ss by #10142, eff 6-5-12; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-21

 

          Fis 301.03  Deer Season. 

 

          (a)  For purposes of this section the state shall be divided into wildlife management units as described in Fis 301.02.

 

          (b)  Wild deer shall be taken only from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset during the open seasons for taking deer.

 

          (c)  No deer shall be taken at any time on any island or in any waters in lakes or ponds, except as specified in Fis 301.031(c) or Fis 301.032.

 

          (d)  No person shall take a second deer until the first deer has been registered except as provided in Fis 301.031(c) and Fis 301.032.

 

          (e)  A person holding an archery license as described in RSA 208:5, II, may take deer with bow and arrow in all of the wildlife management units and Bear Brook Refuge, subject to the following:

 

(1)  The open season for taking of any deer with bow and arrow in wildlife management units B through M shall be from September 15 to December 15;

 

(2)  The open season for taking any deer with bow and arrow in wildlife management unit A shall be September 15 to December 8;

 

(3)  No deer shall be taken with a crossbow under this license, provided that:

 

a.  A licensee of any age with a permanent physical disability who holds a permit issued pursuant to RSA 207:10-c and Fis 1101.08, shall be allowed to take deer with a crossbow during the archery season, muzzleloader season, or the regular firearms season, and shall use the archery deer tag or regular firearm deer tag as appropriate;

 

b. A licensee who is 68 years of age or older shall be allowed to take deer with a crossbow during the archery season, muzzleloader season and regular firearms season, and shall use the archery deer tag or regular firearm deer tag as appropriate; or

 

c. A licensee of any age shall be allowed to take deer with a crossbow during the muzzleloader or regular firearms season, or as specified in Fis 301.032, and shall use the regular firearm deer tag; 

 

d. An archery licensee of any age shall be allowed to take deer with a crossbow during the archery season in WMU L or WMU M; or

 

e. A person under 16 years of age who is participating in the deer youth weekend in accordance with Fis 1204.02 shall be allowed to take deer with a crossbow; and

 

(4)  The licensee shall retain the head and hide for 48 hours from the time of registration.

 

          (f)  A person holding a muzzleloader license pursuant to RSA 214 and RSA 208:5-a may take deer with a muzzleloading firearm or crossbow, during the 11 days immediately prior to the regular firearms season as follows:

 

(1)  No other firearm shall be used for the taking of deer during this license period;

 

(2)  A muzzleloading firearms shall be a single barrel, single shot firearm of no less than .40 caliber;

 

(3)  Wildlife management units A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2E, E and F shall be open only to the taking of antlered deer;

 

(4)  Wildlife management units G2, I1 and I2 shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first day of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 10 days;

 

(5)  Wildlife management unit J1 shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first 2 days of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 9 days;

 

(6)  Wildlife management units H1, H2, and K shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first 3 days of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 8 days;

 

(7)  Wildlife management unit D2W, shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first 4 days of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 7 days;

 

(8)  Wildlife management unit G1 shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first 5 days of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 6 days; and

 

(9)  Wildlife management units L and M shall be open to the taking of any deer during all 11 days of the season.

 

          (g)  The season for taking deer by all legal methods shall begin on the second Wednesday in November, and be open for a period of 26 consecutive days in wildlife management units B through M, and 19 consecutive days in wildlife management unit A, upon the following conditions:

 

(1)  Wildlife management units A, B, C1, C2, D1 and D2-East shall be open only to the taking of antlered deer;

 

(2)  Wildlife management units E, F, G2, I1, and I2 shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first day of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 18 days in wildlife management unit A and the remaining 25 days in wildlife management units E, F, G2, I1, and I2;

 

(3)  Wildlife management unit J1 shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first 2 days of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 24 days of the season;

 

(4)  Wildlife management units H1, H2, J2, and K shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first 3 days of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 23 days of the season;

 

(5)  Wildlife management unit D2-West shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first 4 days of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 22 days of the season;

 

(6)  Wildlife management unit G1 shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first 5 days of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 21 days of the season; and

 

(7)  Wildlife management units L and M shall be open to the taking of any deer during the first 10 days of the season and to the taking of antlered deer only during the remaining 16 days of the season.

 

          (h)  No person shall take more than one deer in a calendar year, except as provided in RSA 208:5, RSA 208:5-b, Fis 301.03(e), Fis 301.031, Fis 301.032, and Fis 301.034.

 

          (i)  No shell shot, other than those using shot sizes of 00 buckshot or larger, shall be used for the taking of deer.

 

          (j)  Immediately upon killing a deer, the licensee shall complete and attach the appropriate “Deer Tag” to the deer, containing the following information:

         

 

(1)  The licensee’s name and address;

 

(2)  The date and time of kill;

 

(3)  The wildlife management unit in which the kill occurred; and

 

(4)  The licensee’s signature.

 

          (k)  If requested by the department, any person taking a deer shall take fish and game personnel back to the kill site, the site of carcass evisceration, or both, for purposes such as, but not limited to, verification of kill site or to obtain ovaries or other biological samples left behind.

 

          (l)  If requested by the department, any person taking a deer shall allow fish and game personnel or their designated agents at biological check stations to collect biological information on their deer including but not limited to sex, antler beam diameter, number of antler points, weight, estimated age, and lactation status.

 

          (m)  Nothing in this section shall prohibit a licensed hunter who has used his or her archery or firearm deer tag from accompanying a licensed apprentice hunter or an unlicensed minor under the age of 16, while the apprentice hunter or minor is taking deer.

 

          (n)  No person shall take a deer with the aid and use of bait, except in accordance with RSA 207:3-d, Fis 307.01, and Fis 307.03.

 

Source.  #1578, eff 5-12-80; ss by #1758, eff 5-29-81; ss by #2119, eff 8-12-82; ss by #2392, eff 6-22-83; ss by #2832, eff 8-21-84; ss by #3140, eff 10-25-85; amd by #4094, eff 7-22-86; ss by #4295, eff 7-21-87; ss by #4436, eff 6-20-88; ss by #4649, eff 7-24-89; amd by #4686, eff 10-24-89; ss by #4855, eff 7-3-90; ss by #5197, eff 8-2-91; ss by #5410, eff6-19-92; amd by #5659, eff 6-28-93; ss by #5706, eff9-21-93; ss by #5827, eff 5-24-94; amd by #5898, eff 9-20-94; amd by #6037, eff 5-17-95; ss by #6250, eff 5-22-96 (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); ss by #6520, eff 5-31-97; ss by #6783, eff 6-30-98; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #7533, eff 7-24-01; ss by #7699, eff 6-5-02; ss by #7921, eff 7-24-03; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; ss by #8644, eff 6-1-06; ss by #8931, eff 7-6-07; ss by #9163, eff 5-28-08; amd by #9458, eff 4-21-09; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, (para (a)-(j), & (l) and (m)); amd by #9720-B, eff 6-5-10,(para (k)); ss by #10142, eff 6-5-12; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; ss by #11114, eff 6-3-16; ss by #12591, eff 7-25-18; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-21

 

          Fis 301.031  Special Deer Permits – Units L and M, Archery, and Governor’s Island Permits.

 

          (a)  Persons licensed to take deer under RSA 214:9, RSA 208:5, or RSA 208:5-a may apply, as specified in (5) and (6), for a special deer permit to take one additional deer in wildlife management units L and M subject to the following:

 

(1)  Persons taking deer under the provisions of Fis 301.031(a) shall not take a second deer until the first deer has been legally registered;

 

(2)  Deer taken under this permit shall be antlerless deer only;

 

(3) Deer may be taken by any legal method during the archery season as specified in Fis 301.03(e)(1), the muzzleloader season as specified in Fis 301.03(f), and during the regular season as specified in Fis 301.03(g);

 

(4)  Persons taking deer under a special deer permit in wildlife management units L and M shall be licensed as follows:

 

a.  An archery license under RSA 208:5 shall be required to take deer with a bow and arrow during the archery season specified in Fis 301.03(e);

 

b.  A muzzleloader license under RSA 208:5-a and a regular hunting license under RSA 214:9 shall be required to take deer by a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season as specified in Fis 301.03(f); and

 

c.  A license under RSA 214:9 shall be required to take deer during the regular hunting season as specified in Fis 301.03(g).

 

(5)  There shall be up to 2000 special deer permits issued for wildlife management unit L as follows:

 

a.  Two thousand special deer permits for wildlife management unit L shall be available through an on-line lottery;

 

b. An applicant shall apply to the lottery on-line from the Department’s web site at  www.wildlife.state.nh.us and shall provide his or her last name, date of birth, and a valid New Hampshire archery or hunting license number;

 

c.  Application shall be made between July 8 and July 21;

 

d.  There shall be no application fee;

 

e.  No person shall submit more than 1 application for a special deer permit for wildlife management unit L;

 

f.  After the close of the application period, up to 2000 successful applicants shall be selected via a random lottery and winners shall be notified by email;

 

g.  Winners shall purchase their special deer permit for wildlife management unit L on-line from the Department’s web site at www.wildlife.state.nh.us;

 

h. No person shall be issued or possess more than 1 special deer permit for wildlife management unit L; and

 

i.  The fee for a Unit L permit shall be $26 of which $1 shall be an agent fee; and

 

(6)  There shall be up to 8000 special deer permits issued for wildlife management unit M as follows:

 

a.  Eight thousand special deer permits for wildlife management unit M shall be available on a first come–first served basis to 4000 applicants. Each successful applicant shall purchase 2 special deer permits for wildlife management unit M at the time of purchase;

 

b.  An applicant shall provide the following on the “Antlerless Deer Permit for Unit M” form:

 

1.  Applicant's complete name, street address, and mailing address;

 

2.  Telephone number and driver’s license number;

 

3.  Date of birth;

 

4.  Current year’s resident or nonresident hunting or archery license number; and

 

5. Signature of the applicant, signed subject to the penalties for unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3;

 

c.  Illegible or incomplete applications shall be returned for correction and not considered until corrected;

 

d.  Permits shall be issued on a first-come first-serve basis when received;

 

e.  No person shall submit more than one application for 2 special deer permits for wildlife management unit M;

 

f.  No person shall be issued or possess more than 2 permits for wildlife management unit M;

 

g.  Applicants may apply for special deer permits in wildlife management unit M as follows:

 

1.  At the fish and game department Concord headquarters at 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301;

 

2.  By mail at the address above in 1; or

 

3.  From the department’s website at www.wildlife.state.nh.us; and

 

h.  The fee for 2 Unit M permits shall be $36 of which $1.00 shall be the agent fee. 

 

          (b)  Persons may take by bow and arrow only one additional antlered deer under a special deer permit for archery from September 15 through December 15 in wildlife management units B through M and from September 15 through December 8 in wildlife management unit A subject to the following:

 

(1)  The fee for the special deer permit described in (b) shall be $26.00 of which $1.00 shall be the agent fee;

 

(2)  Immediately upon killing a deer the permittee shall fill in the “Special Deer Archery Tag”, sign the tag and attach the tag to the deer;

 

(3)  The “Special Archery Deer Tag” shall contain the following:

 

a.  The licensee’s name and address;

 

b.  The date and time of kill;

 

c.  The wildlife management unit in which the kill occurred; and

 

d.  Signature;

 

(4)  A person who purchases a special deer permit for archery shall purchase it at the same time they purchase an archery license pursuant to RSA 208:5; and

 

(5)  Any person under the age of 16 and any person over 68 who has a license pursuant to RSA 214:7-a may purchase a special deer permit for archery at any time.

 

          (c)  Persons may take additional deer by bow and arrow on Governor’s Island, Town of Gilford under the provisions of a Governor’s Island special deer permit subject to the following:

 

(1)  No person shall take deer on Governor’s Island, Town of Gilford without a Governor’s Island special deer permit in addition to the appropriate license to take deer under RSA 208:5 for taking a deer with a bow and arrow;

 

(2)  Each applicant for a Governor’s Island special deer permit shall provide written landowner permission on a form provided by the department;

 

(3)  The landowner shall provide the following on the form “Landowner Permission to Hunt on Governor’s Island, Gilford, NH”:

 

a. The landowner's full name and signature, signed subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3;

 

b.  The hunter's full name, and phone number;

 

c.  The physical address or tax map number for the parcel(s) of land on Governor’s Island, for which permission is granted to hunt;

 

d.  An indication as to whether the landowner will allow baiting for deer;

 

e.  A list of any other landowner stipulations regarding the hunting activities on the property such as but not limited to:

 

1.  The specific days of the week;

 

2.  Dates on which hunting will not be allowed;

 

3.  Parking locations;

 

4.  Times of the day that hunting will not be allowed;

 

5.  Locations and removal of deer stands; and

 

6.  Distances from adjoining landowners; and

 

f.  Date of signature;

 

(4)  The hunter shall provide on the permission form his or her signature, signed subject to the penalties  for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3, and the date signed;

 

(5)  The landowner permission form shall be filled out in quadruplicate.  The original shall go to the hunter, one copy to the local conservation officer, one copy to the wildlife division, and the other copy shall be retained by the landowner;

 

(6)  The Governor’s Island special deer permit shall allow the taking of 6 deer of either sex;

 

(7)  The taking of deer shall be in accordance with the manner and methods for taking deer with bow and arrow as specified in Fis 301.03(e) (4) through (13);

 

(8)  The open season shall be the first weekday in October through December 15, except:

 

a.  No person shall take deer on Saturday or Sunday until after October 31; and

 

b.  No person shall take deer on Columbus Day or for 4 consecutive days beginning on Thanksgiving Day;

 

(9)  The taking of deer shall be from a portable tree stand at least 10 feet off the ground;

 

(10)  Safety belts or harnesses shall be used;

 

(11)  Baiting for deer shall be allowed under the Governor’s Island special deer permit provided baiting shall be permissible as indicated on the landowner permission form.  A permit to bait wildlife as required by Fis 1102.04 shall not be required;

 

(12)  The baiting season for deer on Governor’s Island shall begin on the first weekday in October and end on December 15th;

 

(13)  Immediately upon killing a deer, the permittee shall fill in the “Governor’s Island Either Sex Deer Tag” with the date and time of kill, and sex of deer, sign the tag and attach it to the deer;

 

(14)  All entrails of harvested deer shall be removed from the island;

 

(15)  Deer taken under this permit shall be registered as specified in RSA 208:15-d and shall comply with the requirements of RSA 208:16;

 

(16)  All deer wounded and not recovered shall be reported by calling (603) 271-3361 as soon as possible but not longer than 24 hours after the time the deer was wounded;

 

(17)  Any person who has taken 6 deer under a Governor’s Island deer permit as specified in 301.031(c) and the deer have been legally registered, may purchase a second Governor’s Island special deer permit which shall allow the taking of 6 additional deer;

 

(18)  Applicants for a second Governor’s Island deer permit shall provide the first permit which has had the deer tags detached;

 

(19)  Governor’s Island special deer permits and the landowner permission form shall be carried by all persons while taking deer on Governor’s Island;

 

(20)  The fee for a Governor’s Island special deer permit shall be $25.00;

 

(21)  The permit and the landowner permission shall expire on December 15th; and

 

(22)  Applicants for a Governor’s Island special deer permit shall provide the following on the “Special Deer Permit – Governor’s Island” form:

 

a.  Name, address, and telephone number;

 

b.  Date of birth;

 

c.  Current archery license number; and

 

d.  Signature, signed subject to the penalties for unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

Source.  #6520, eff 5-31-97; ss by #6812, eff 7-23-98; amd by #7179, eff 12-24-99; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #7533, eff 7-24-01; ss by #7699, eff 6-5-99; ss by #7921, eff 7-24-03; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; amd by #8084, eff 1-1-05; ss by #8644, eff 6-1-06; ss by #8931, eff 7-6-07; ss by #9163, eff 5-28-08; ss by #9458, eff 4-21-09; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, (various paras (a), (b), & (c)); amd by #9720-B, eff6-5-10, (various paras (a), (b), & (c)); ss by #10142, eff 6-5-12; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; amd by #10981, eff 1-1-16; ss by #11114, eff 6-3-16; ss by #12591, eff 7-25-18

 

          Fis 301.032  Long Island Deer Permit.

 

          (a)  The purpose of this rule is to reduce the over-population of deer which exists on Long Island in the town of Moultonborough, NH, through the regulated use of recreational hunters and then to maintain that population at a level equal to the adjacent mainland.  Because deer densities are currently too high for the existing habitat conditions, and because extremely aggressive efforts are necessary to reduce over abundant deer populations, extraordinary measures must be taken to remove female deer.  Because the island is heavily populated, and because landowner attitudes toward hunting vary, extra care shall be taken to reduce any safety concerns and to increase the discreet nature of all actions taken.

 

          (b)  No person shall take deer on Long Island, Town of Moultonborough without a Long Island deer permit in addition to:

 

(1) The appropriate license to take deer under RSA 208:5 when taking deer with a bow and arrow; and

 

(2)  A cross bow permit as specified in Fis 301.041 (j) when taking deer with a crossbow.

 

          (c)  Hunting shall be allowed only on parcels which are equal to or greater than one acre, as listed on the Town of Moultonborough Master List, prepared in connection with the first tax bill of each tax year in May.  Parcels of land may be individual tracts or combinations of adjoining parcels in aggregate.

 

          (d)  Each applicant for a Long Island deer permit shall provide written landowner permission on a form provided by the department.

 

          (e)  The landowner shall provide the following on the form “Landowner Permission to Hunt on Long Island, Moultonborough, NH”:

 

(1)  The landowner's full name and signature, signed subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3;

 

(2)  The hunter's full name, and phone number;

 

(3)  The physical address or tax map number for the parcel(s) of land on Long Island for which permission is granted to hunt;

 

(4)  An indication as to whether the landowner will allow baiting for deer;

 

(5)  A list of any landowner stipulations regarding the hunting activities on the property such as but not limited to:

 

a.  The specific days of the week;

 

b.  Dates on which hunting will not be allowed;

 

c.  Parking locations;

 

d.  Times of the day that hunting will not be allowed;

 

e.  Locations and removal of deer stands;

 

f.  Distances from adjoining landowners; and

 

(6)  Date of signature.

 

          (f)  The hunter shall provide on the permission form his or her signature, signed subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3 and the date signed.

 

          (g)  The landowner permission form shall be filled out in quadruplicate.  The original shall go to the hunter, one copy to the local conservation officer, one copy to the wildlife division, and the other copy shall be retained by the landowner.

 

          (h)  The Long Island deer permit shall allow the taking of 6 deer of either sex.

 

          (i)  The taking of deer shall be in accordance with the manner and methods for taking deer with bow and arrow or crossbows as specified in Fis 301.041.

 

          (j)  The open season for taking deer by bow and arrow or crossbow shall be the first weekday in October through December 15, except:

 

(1)  No person shall take deer on Saturday or Sunday until after October 31; and

 

(2) No person shall take deer on Columbus Day or for 4 consecutive days beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

 

          (k)  The taking of deer shall be from a portable tree stand at least 10 feet off the ground.

 

          (l)  Safety belts or harnesses shall be used.

 

          (m)  Baiting for deer shall be allowed under the Long Island deer permit provided baiting shall be permissible as indicated on the landowner permission form.  A permit to bait wildlife as required by Fis 1102.04 shall not be required.

 

          (n)  The baiting season for deer on Long Island shall begin on the first weekday in October and end on December 15th.

 

          (o)  Immediately upon killing a deer, the permittee shall fill in the “Long Island Either Sex Deer Tag” with the date and time of kill, and sex of deer, sign the tag and attach it to the deer.

 

          (p)  All entrails of harvested deer shall be removed from the island.

 

          (q)  Deer taken under this permit shall be registered as specified in RSA 208:15-d and shall comply with the requirements of RSA 208:16.

 

          (r)  All deer wounded and not recovered shall be reported by calling (603) 271-3361 as soon as possible but not longer than 24 hours after the time the deer was wounded.

 

          (s)  Any person who has taken 6 deer under a Long Island deer permit as specified in 301.032(h) and the deer have been legally registered, may purchase a second Long Island deer permit which shall allow the taking of 6 additional deer.

 

          (t)  Applicants for a second Long Island deer permit shall provide the first permit which has had the deer tags detached.

 

          (u)  Long Island deer permits and the landowner permission form shall be carried by all persons while taking deer on Long Island.

 

          (v)  The fee for a Long Island deer permit shall be $25.00.

 

          (w)  The permit and the landowner permission shall expire on December 15th.

 

          (x)  Applicants for a Long Island deer permit shall provide the following on the “Special Deer Permit – Long Island” form:

 

(1)  Name, address and telephone number;

 

(2)  Date of birth;

 

(3)  Current license number of the appropriate license for the intended method of hunting;

 

(4)  An indication as to the type(s) of method used to take deer; and

 

(5)  Signature, signed subject to the penalties for unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

Source.  #6583, eff 9-20-97; amd by #6843 eff 8-29-98; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #7699, eff 6-5-02; amd by #7922, eff 7-24-03; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; amd by #8357, eff 5-25-05; amd by #8931, eff 7-6-07; ss by #9458, eff 4-21-09; ss by #10142, eff 6-5-12; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; amd by #10981, eff 1-1-16

 

          Fis 301.033  Deer Registration Stations.

 

          (a)  New deer registration stations shall be authorized only if:

 

(1)  The proposed station location is greater than 10 travel miles from the nearest adjacent station unless an adjacent station(s) registers more than 400 deer annually or was in existence on 12/31/09;

 

(2)  The proposed location has adequate facilities and is easily accessible.  Adequate facilities and easily accessible means that the location has adequate space for parking and registering or weighing deer, is a safe distance away from the highway or road, and is located on or near a main route of travel for hunters;

 

(3)  The hours of operation and location of the proposed station will minimize inconvenience to hunters needing to register a deer by being open during early morning, later into the evening and open on weekend days; and

 

(4)  The applicant has not been convicted of any fish and game violation within the past 7 years.

 

          (b)  Deer registration station owners or operators seeking approval to be an agent under RSA 208:15-a shall provide the following information on a “Deer Registration Station Agreement”:

 

(1)  The station owner or operator’s name;

 

(2)  Date of agreement;

 

(3)  Name, physical address, mailing address, county, and telephone number of the station owner or operator’s establishment;

 

(4)  The station owner or operator’s home address and telephone number;

 

(5)  The hours and days of operation of the proposed registration station; and

 

(6)  Whether or not the station provides scales for weighing deer.

 

          (c)  The deer registration station owner, operator, or employee shall print legibly, accurately, and completely when filling out the deer registration form “Deer or Turkey Registration Report” form described in Fis 301.04.

 

          (d)  The deer registration owner or operator shall sign the “Deer Registration Station Agreement” in the presence of a witnessing department conservation officer or his designee, who shall also sign the agreement.

 

          (e)  Registration station agreements shall not be transferable upon change of ownership and cannot be assigned to any other party.

 

          (f)  By signing the agreement, applicants shall agree to abide by the statutes and rules governing deer registration stations and deer registration reports and shall sign subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

          (g)  Failure to accurately and legibly provide the information specified in Fis 301.04 on the “Deer or Turkey Registration Report” form shall, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, result in the suspension or closure of the registration station.

 

          (h)  Those registration stations which are also fish and game agents as defined in RSA 214-A shall remain in good standing with regard to the requirements of RSA 214-A.

 

          (i)  Deer registration agents may collect up to $2.00 as a registration agent fee pursuant to RSA 208:15-b.

 

Source.  #1670, eff 11-20-80; ss by #2119, eff 8-12-82; ss by #2832, eff 8-21-84; ss by #4649, eff 7-24-89; ss by #6250, eff 5-22-96 (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); amd by #6520, eff 5-31-97; ss by #7699, eff 6-5-02; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, (paras (a), (e), & (g)-(i)); amd by #9720-B, eff 6-5-10, (paras (b)-(d) and (f)); ss by #12591, eff 7-25-18

 

          Fis. 301.034  Special Deer Permits – Deer Management Assistance Program.

 

          (a)  The purpose of this rule is to permit New Hampshire municipalities to identify areas where deer densities are too high for the existing habitat conditions.  In such areas, aggressive efforts may be necessary to reduce the deer population through the regulated use of recreational hunters.  The deer management assistance program (DMAP) approves the issuance of special hunting permits to any New Hampshire municipality which has identified a special deer management area within their jurisdiction meeting the eligibility criteria established herein.

 

          (b)  A New Hampshire municipality may apply in writing on its own letterhead to the department for participation in the DMAP by providing the following: 

 

(1)  An application on municipal letterhead, submitted to the NH Fish and Game Department, Wildlife Division, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301, signed by a majority of the governing body; 

 

(2)  There shall be no fee for the application, review of the application, or the provision of DMAP permits and tags;

 

(3)  A map designating the area shall be included in the proposed special deer management area, showing:

 

a.  The tax map and lot numbers and the names of landowners of the affected parcels;

 

b.  Parcels which shall in aggregate total at least 640 acres, provided that:

 

1.  The parcels need not be contiguous;

 

2.  Non-contiguous parcels shall be a minimum of 1 acre in size; and 

 

3.  Parcels may be publicly or privately owned;

 

(4)  Documentation signed by each affected landowner verifying that the property is open for deer hunting upon such conditions and limitations as the landowner may impose;

 

(5)  Designation of a municipal employee of the applicant to perform the following tasks:

 

a.  Serve as the contact for all communication with the department;

 

b.  Issue DMAP permits to licensed hunters on behalf of the municipality; and

 

c.  Provide all information and reporting as required by the department; and

 

(6)  A deer management plan covering the proposed special deer management area that is specifically designed for the area, which shall include:

 

a.  Documentation of negative impacts claimed to be due to overabundant deer;

 

b.  Identification of parcels where deer inflicted damage to plant communities has occurred;

 

c.  Identification of parcels of forested land where forest regeneration has been significantly impacted by deer;

 

d.  A listing of specific deer management goals and objectives;

 

e. An explanation of why the stated objectives cannot be met by hunters using the Department’s existing deer season framework, or other special permits available under these rules; and

 

f.  A description of other actions the town has taken or is planning to take to meet the identified objectives.

 

          (c)  The application shall be received by the department by 4:00pm on the first Monday in July or be postmarked by midnight of the first Monday in July of the year of application. Applications not meeting the posted deadline shall be returned to the applicant.

 

          (d)  The department shall, within ten days of receipt, review each application for completeness. In the event that information is missing or incomplete, contact shall be made with the applicant, who shall have an additional period of ten days to provide the missing information.

 

          (e)  On or before the fourth Friday in August in the application year, the department shall approve the application to create a special deer management area and issue DMAP permits, unless the department finds that:

 

(1)  The identified problem could be resolved using existing deer hunting opportunities; and

 

(2) The identified problem could be resolved by the issuance of a different special permit available under these rules; or

 

(3)  The identified problem cannot be effectively abated by the issuance of DMAP permits.

 

          (f)  Upon approval of an application, the municipality shall be issued the number of DMAP permits and tags found necessary to meet the objectives of the deer management plan, which shall be conditioned as follows:

 

(1)  Deer may be taken during the archery season as specified in Fis 301.03(e)(1), the muzzleloader season as specified in Fis 301.03(f), and during the regular season as specified in Fis 301.03(g) unless further restricted by the approved deer management plan, and shall comply with all other rules in Fis 301.03; and

 

(2)  Baiting for deer shall be allowed without a permit to bait wildlife as required by Fis 1102.04  provided that the DMAP permit shall restrict baiting as follows:

 

a.  Baiting shall take place within the special deer management area, and only on parcels where the landowner has authorized the use of bait as specified in Fis 301.034 (b)(4);

 

b.  The baiting season shall be as set forth in the deer management plan, provided that it shall not begin prior to September 15 nor extend beyond December 15 of the permit year;

 

c.  The permittee shall comply with all other applicable rules in Fis 307.01, Fis 307.03, and Fis 307.05; and

 

d. The permittee shall comply with any limitations imposed upon specific parcels by individual landowners.

 

          (g)  The approved municipal applicant shall issue a “DMAP Permit” only upon the following conditions:

 

(1)  Each permit shall be valid only in the special deer management area noted on the permit between the dates of September 15 and December 15 of the year issued, or any lesser period between such dates that the municipality defines in the deer management plan;

 

(2)  No person shall be issued a “DMAP Permit” unless they present written landowner permission for any privately owned parcel identified as part of the special deer management area in section (b)(4) above;

 

(3)  No person shall be issued a “DMAP Permit unless they present evidence of one or more currently valid hunting licenses, including:

 

a.  An archery license under RSA 208:5 to take deer with a bow and arrow during the archery season as specified in Fis 301.03(e);

 

b.  A muzzleloader license under RSA 208:5-a and a regular hunting license under RSA 214:9 to take deer by a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season as specified in Fis 301.03(f);

 

c.  A license under RSA 214:9 to take deer during the regular hunting season as specified in Fis 301.03(g); or

 

d.  Any person under the age of 16 or any person over 68 who has a license pursuant to RSA 214:7-a;

 

(4)  Each permit shall be issued with two tags, allowing the taking of two antlerless deer as defined in Fis 301.01(b), which shall be in addition to the taking of deer authorized by Fis 301.03(e), Fis 301.03(f), Fis 301.03(g), Fis 301.031(a)-(c), and Fis 301.032;

 

(5)  Each issued “DMAP Permit” shall be completed with the following information:

 

a.  The name of the municipal issuing agent;

 

b.  The hunter’s name and address;

 

c.  The hunter’s current license number(s);

 

d.  The hunter’s date of birth;

 

e.  The date and time the tag was issued;

 

f.  The tax map ID numbers of those parcels where the hunter is authorized to hunt;

 

g. Any other restrictions imposed by the deer management plan or individual participating landowners on the hunting activities of the permittee including but not limited to:

 

1.  The authorized weapons or method(s) of take;

 

2.  The dates or times during which hunting may occur;

 

3. Landowner authorization to place bait, and if allowed, the dates during which baiting may occur; and

 

4.  The tax map ID numbers of those parcels to which any of these restrictions apply;

 

(6)  The municipal issuing agent and the hunter shall note the date and time, and shall sign the DMAP permit document, subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3;

 

(7)  No more than one DMAP permit may be issued to an individual hunter per year per municipality participating in DMAP; and

 

(8) No DMAP permit or an associated tag may be sold, bartered, used, or transferred to any other person; and

 

(9) The approved municipal applicant shall not charge a fee to issue a DMAP permit or an associated tag.

 

          (h)  Immediately upon killing a deer in the special deer management area, the permittee shall provide the following information on the “DMAP Tag”, and attach the tag to the deer:

 

(1)  The permittee’s name and address;

 

(2)  The date and time of kill;

 

(3)  The WMU and town in which the kill occurred; and

 

(4)  The hunter’s signature subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

          (i)  Deer taken under a DMAP permit shall be registered as specified in RSA 208:15-d and shall comply with the requirements of RSA 208:16.

 

          (j) Persons taking deer under a DMAP permit shall not take a second deer until the first deer has been legally registered.

 

          (k)  Each municipality that issues DMAP permits and tags shall:

 

(1)  Retain a copy of all DMAP permits issued for a period of 3 years;

 

(2)  Submit a copy of any issued DMAP permit(s) to the department headquarters, each Friday from September 1 through December 15, by mail or email, at the addresses below.

 

a.  By mail to: New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Wildlife Division, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or

 

b.  By email to: wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov, with the subject line DMAP Permits; and

 

(3)  Submit to the department an annual report by December 31 of the year the DMAP permits were provided which shall include a listing of all participating hunters by name, date of birth, town of residence, and hunting license number.

 

          (l)  Following a hearing, the department may revoke or suspend a municipality’s participation in DMAP for failure to comply with any of the conditions of the DMAP program.

 

          (m)  Following a hearing, the department may revoke or suspend any individual DMAP permit upon a finding that:

 

(1)  The permit was obtained through fraud;

 

(2)  The permit was obtained by a person not entitled to receive a DMAP permit under these rules;

 

(3)  The permit holder failed to comply with the conditions of the DMAP permit; or

 

(4)  The permit holder violated the fish and game laws of New Hampshire or the provisions of these rules.

 

Source.  #12591, eff 7-25-18

 

          Fis 301.04  Deer Registration Reports.

 

          (a)  All persons reporting a deer kill to a deer registration station under RSA 208:15-d shall provide the following information to the registering agent to complete the “Deer or Turkey Registration Report” form: 

 

(1)  The shooter’s name, street and mailing address, telephone number, residency, and date of birth;

 

(2)  Town of kill;

 

(3)  Date of kill;

 

(4)  Time of kill;

 

(5)  Sex of deer killed;

 

(6)  An indication as to whether the deer is a fawn or adult;

 

(7)  Weapon type used;

 

(8)  Wildlife management unit of kill;

 

(9)  Antler length;

 

(10)  An indication as to whether or not the deer was taken with the aid and use of bait;

 

(11)  An indication as to whether a deer taken with the aid and use of bait was taken with a baiting permit as specified in Fis 307.01(c) and Fis 307.01(d) or by a landowner on their own land;

 

(12)  The type of tag affixed to the deer;

 

(13)  The following license information:

 

a.  Hunting license type(s) and license number(s) held by licensee and under which the deer was taken;

 

b.  Permit types(s) and permit number(s) held by licensee and under which the deer was taken;

 

c.  Date and time the license was issued; and

 

d.  Sex of the hunter; and

 

(14)  The registration number of the vehicle transporting the deer.

 

          (b)  The registration agent shall complete all items on the form, including:

 

(1)  The date and time of deer registration;

 

(2)  The seal number attached to the deer; and

 

(3)  The registration station number.

 

          (c)  The hunter shall sign the report form subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

          (d)  The registering agent shall:

 

(1)  Securely affix the seal to the hock of the deer; and

 

(2)  Sign the report subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

Source.  #444, eff 6-17-74; amd by #2119, eff 8-12-82; ss by #2832, eff 8-21-84; ss by #4649, eff 7-24-89; ss by #5673, eff 7-20-93; ss by #6250, eff 5-22-96 (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); ss by #7699, eff 6-5-02; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, (para (d)); amd by #9720-B, eff 6-5-10, (paras (a)-(c)); ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-11

 

          Fis 301.041  Minimum Requirements for Crossbow and Archery Equipment Used for Hunting.

 

          (a)  Unless authorized by permit pursuant to RSA 207:10-c, a crossbow that is used for the purpose of a take shall have a:

 

(1)  A minimum pull of 125 pounds;

 

(2)  At least one working mechanical safety;

 

(3)  A total length of no less than 25 inches; and

 

(4)  A rigid stock that permits only a single horizontally mounted bow with transverse limbs, a single string to be fully drawn, loaded with one bolt, maintained indefinitely in a firing position, and mechanically released. No crossbow fitted with 2 or more bows, limbs, or strings, or which permit 2 or more bolts to be released without recocking shall be permitted for the purpose of a take.

 

(b)  Unless authorized by permit pursuant to RSA 207:7-a, a traditional straight, recurve, or compound bow used for the purpose of a take shall:

 

(1)  At 28 inches or less draw length have a minimum peak weight pull of:

 

a.  If used to hunt deer or bear, 40 pounds;

 

b.  If used to hunt moose, 50 pounds; or

 

c.  If used to hunt turkey, 30 pounds.

 

          (2)  Be drawn or released only by hand, or with a hand-held release; and

 

(3)  Contain no manufactured or accessory device secured to or supported by the bow for the purpose of maintaining the bow at full draw in a firing position.

 

          (c)  No person shall use an arrow, bolt, or quarrel tip other than a broadhead for the purpose of a take, that fails to meet the following minimum criteria:

 

(1)  Fixed blade broadheads shall not be less than 7/8 of an inch or more than 1 1/2 inches wide;

 

(2)  Retractable blade broadheads may be smaller than 7/8 of an inch wide in flight, but shall not be less than 7/8 of an inch wide when open;

 

(3) There shall be no upper size limit on retractable blade broadheads; and

 

(4)  The hunter’s name and address shall be plainly and legibly printed on each arrow, bolt, or quarrel.

Source.  #7922, eff 7-24-03; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; amd by #8931, eff 7-6-07; ss by #10142, eff 6-5-12; ss by #12591, eff 7-25-18; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-21

 

          Fis 301.05  Bear Kill Reports.

 

          All persons reporting a bear kill to a New Hampshire conservation officer or personnel authorized by the director shall provide the following information on the “Bear Registration Form” subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3:

 

          (a)  The hunter’s:

 

(1)  Hunting license type, whether resident, non-resident, or other;

 

(2)  Hunting license number;

 

(3)  Bear permit number, if different;

 

(4)  Name;

 

(5)  Mailing and street address;

 

(6)  Date of birth;

 

(7)  Sex; and

 

(8)  Telephone number;

 

          (b)  The wildlife management unit and town where the bear was killed and specific locality within the town;

 

          (c)  The cause of death;

 

          (d)  The date and time of kill;

 

          (e)  Whether or not a pre-molar was collected;

 

          (f)  The dressed weight and sex of the bear;

 

          (g)  If female, lactation status;

 

          (h)  Ear-tag numbers if present;

 

          (i)  The method of hunting used, such as bait, hound, still hunting, or stalking;

 

          (j)  The number of days spent hunting for bear;

 

          (k)  The species that was specifically hunted, such as bear, deer, or other;

 

          (l)  The weapon type, and caliber, if appropriate;

 

          (m)  Whether a guide was employed and if yes, the guide’s name and section A of the “Bear Guide Tag” described in Fis 301.06(k)(2) and Fis 1102.07(a)(1);

 

          (n)  What the bear was feeding on;

 

          (o)  If the bear was killed over hounds, the name of the owner(s) of the hounds; and

 

          (p)  The signature of the hunter subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

Source.  #444, eff 6-17-74; amd by #1852, eff 11-5-81; ss By #2119, eff 8-12-82; ss by #2832, eff 8-21-84; ss by #3104, eff 8-22-85; amd by #3128, eff 10-1-85; ss by #4663, eff 8-21-89; ss by #4828, eff 6-1-90; ss by #6250, eff 5-22-96 (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); ss by #7881, eff 4-26-03; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; ss by #8644, eff 6-1-06; amd by #9458, eff 4-21-09; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, (paras (b)-(d)); amd by #9720-B, eff 6-5-10, (para (a)); ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; ss by #11114, eff 6-3-16; ss by #12591, eff 7-25-18

 

          Fis 301.06  Bear Season.  

 

          (a)  Wild black bear shall be taken only in the places and during the times set forth in Table 300.1 below by means of:

 

(1)  Firearms of a size larger than .22 caliber rimfire;

 

(2)  Crossbow or bow and arrow meeting the minimum requirements of Fis 301.041;

 

(3)  A shotgun loaded with a single ball; or

 

(4)  Muzzleloaders not less than .40 caliber.

 

          (b)  Except as provided in RSA 207:7-a, bear shall not be taken by a bow, crossbow, or firearm while the person is in or on a motorized vehicle.

 

          (c)  For purposes of this section the state shall be divided into wildlife management units, as described in Fis 301.02.

 

(d)  No person shall take a bear with the aid and use of bait except as provided by, and in accordance with, RSA 207:3-d, Fis 307.01, Fis 307.02 and Table 300.1 below.

 

          (e)  Dogs may be used for taking bear only in the places and during the times set forth in Table 300.1 below:

 

Table 300.1 

Open Season Dates for the Taking of Wild Black Bear in 2021 and 2022

 

Wildlife Management Unit

Without Aid of Bait or Dogs

With Aid of Bait

With Aid of Dogs

A

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/08/2022

9/01/2021 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

B

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 1108/2021

9/01/2021 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

C1

9/01/2021 to 11/30/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/30/2022

9/01/2021 to 10/05/2021

9/01/2022 to 10/05/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

C2

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/08/2022

9/01/2021 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

D1

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/08/2022

9/01/2021 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

D2

9/01/2021 to 11/30/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/30/2022

9/01/2021 to 10/05/2022

9/01/2022 to 10/05/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

E

9/01/2021 to 11/30/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/30/2022

9/01/2021 to 10/05/2021

9/01/2022 to 10/05/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

F

9/01/2021 to 11/30/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/30/2022

9/01/2021 to 10/05/2021

9/01/2022 to 10/05/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

G

9/01/2021 to 11/30/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/30/2022

9/01/2021 to 10/05/2021

9/01/2022 to 10/05/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

H1

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/08/2022

9/01/2021 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

H2

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/08/2022

9/01/2021 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

None

I1

9/01/2021 to 11/30/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/30/2022

9/01/2021 to 10/05/2021

9/01/2022 to 10/05/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

I2

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/08/2022

9/01/2020 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

J1

9/01/2021 to 11/30/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/30/2022

9/01/2021 to 10/05/2021

9/01/2022 to 10/05/2022

9/20/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

J2

9/01/2021 to 11/30/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/30/2022

9/01/2021 to 10/05/2021

9/01/2022 to 10/05/2022

9/22/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/19/2022 to 11/08/2022

K

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/08/2022

9/01/2021 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

None

L

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/08/2022

9/01/2021 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

None

M

9/01/2021 to 11/09/2021

9/01/2022 to 11/08/2022

9/01/2021 to 9/28/2021

9/01/2022 to 9/28/2022

None

 

          (f)  In accordance with RSA 208:22, III, dogs shall not be run from bait for the purpose of taking bear after September 20, 2021 or September 19, 2022.

 

          (g)  Wild black bear may be taken by the aid and use of not more than 6 dogs, after obtaining a permit pursuant to Fis 1102.12.

 

          (h)  Training of bear dogs shall be in accordance with Fis 305.02.

 

          (i)  In addition to the requirements in RSA 207:3-e, no person shall use telemetry equipment to track or locate bear dogs within 300 feet of a building occupied as a person's principal place of abode.

 

          (j)  Licensed guides may guide for taking bear during the open season as specified in Fis 301.06(c), Fis 301.06(d), and Fis 301.06(e).  The person licensed for guiding shall prior to guiding obtain from the department a permit to guide bear hunters.  There shall be a limit of 50 permits per season to guide for taking bear as specified in Fis 1102.06.

 

          (k)  Each licensed guide who has been issued a permit to take a bear as described in Fis 1102.06 shall be issued 6 bear guide tags described in Fis 1102.07 subject to the following:

 

(1)  All bear taken by hunters through the assistance of a licensed guide shall be tagged with both the hunter’s bear tag and a bear guide tag from the guide who assisted the hunter;

 

(2)  Section A of the bear guide tag shall be signed by the hunter and securely affixed to the carcass of the bear immediately upon killing the bear;

 

(3)  Section A of the bear guide tag shall remain attached to the bear carcass or parts thereof until such time as the bear has been tagged by a New Hampshire conservation officer or fish and game personnel authorized by the director as required in Fis 301.06(t);

 

(4)  Section B of the bear guide tag shall be completely filled out and retained by the guide for his or her records; and

 

(5)  Bear guide tags shall be used to tag only those bears taken by clients of the guide to whom the tags were issued and shall be non-transferable between guides.

 

          (l) Immediately upon killing a bear, the licensee shall fill in the appropriate bear tag, sign the tag, and attach the tag to the bear.

 

          (m)  The bear tag shall contain the following:

 

(1)  The licensee’s name and street address;

 

(2)  The date and time of kill; and

 

(3)  The wildlife management unit in which the kill occurred.

 

          (n)  Any person who kills wild bear pursuant to this section shall, within 12 hours from the time of taking, notify a conservation officer and, within 24 hours, exhibit the whole bear or the following body parts of a bear for tagging with a numbered seal by a New Hampshire conservation officer or fish and game personnel:

 

(1)  Entire carcass, skinned or quartered, excluding viscera;

 

(2)  Legs and feet;

 

(3)  Intact skull;

 

(4)  Hide; and

 

(5)  Sex organs, including teats from females so that a positive sex determination can be made.

 

          (o)  At the time of tagging, the conservation officer or fish and game personnel shall remove a tooth from such bear and record other information as specified in Fis 301.05.

 

          (p)  If requested, any person who kills a wild black bear shall be required to take fish and game personnel back to the kill site, the site of carcass evisceration, or both for purposes such as, but not limited to, verification of kill site or to obtain ovaries or other biological samples left behind.

 

          (q)  No person shall take more than one wild black bear in a calendar year.

 

          (r)  No person shall take bear by trapping or snaring.

 

          (s)  No person shall possess the carcass or any part of the carcass of a wild black bear without the bear tag or registration seal attached to it or by special permission of the executive director or the executive director’s agent.

 

          (t)  Notwithstanding Fis 301.06(y), no person shall possess a bear or any parts of the carcass of a bear given to the person by another unless each piece or package given to such person is clearly marked or labeled with the date of its receipt and the name and address of the donor.

 

          (u)  Nothing in this section shall prohibit a licensed hunter who has used his or her archery or firearm bear tag from accompanying a licensed apprentice hunter or an unlicensed minor under the age of 16, while the apprentice hunter or minor is taking bear.

 

Source.  #3104, eff 8-22-85; amd by #3128, eff 10-1-85; ss by #4116, eff 8-21-86; ss by #4296, eff 7-21-87; ss by #4462, eff 7-29-88; ss by #4663, eff 8-21-89; ss by #4828, eff 6-1-90; amd by #4859, eff 1-1-91; ss by #5198, eff 8-2-91; amd by #5411, eff 6-19-92; amd by #5458, eff 8-28-92; amd by #5660, eff 6-28-93; ss by #5828, eff 5-24-94; amd by #6041, eff 5-18-95; amd by #6193, eff 2-22-96; ss by #6250, eff 5-22-96 (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); ss by #6520, eff 5-31-97; ss by #6783, eff 6-30-98; amd by #7107, eff 9-25-99; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; amd by #7427, eff 1-17-01; ss by #7699, eff 6-5-02; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; amd by #8249, eff 1-6-05; ss by #8644, eff 6-1-06; amd by #8931, eff 7-6-07; ss by #9163, eff 5-28-08; amd by #9458, eff 4-21-09; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, paras (a)-(n) & (p)-(t)); amd by #9720-B, eff 6-5-10, (para (o)); amd by #9948-A, eff 6-24-11, (paras (a)-(n) & (p)-(v); amd by #9948-B, eff 6-24-11, (para (o)); ss by #10142, eff 6-5-12; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; ss by #10751, eff 1-1-15; ss by #10891, INTERIM, eff 7-17-15, EXPIRED: 1-13-16

 

New.  #11114, eff 6-3-16; amd by #12591, eff 7-25-18; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-21

 

          Fis 301.07  Moose Season. 

 

          (a)  “Antlered moose” means a moose which has at least one antler 6 inches long measured from the tip of the main beam along the distal edge of the antler to the base of the antler burr at the skull.

 

          (b)  For purposes of this section the state shall be divided into wildlife management units, as described in Fis 301.02.

 

          (c)  The moose season shall be 9 consecutive days and shall open on the third Saturday in October.

 

          (d)  No moose shall be taken with the aid and use of dogs.

 

          (e)  No moose shall be taken with the aid and use of bait.

 

          (f)  No person other than the permittee and subpermittee shall participate in a joint hunt to take moose except that the permittee may employ one licensed guide.  The licensed guide may direct, aid, assist, or instruct the permittee and subpermittee but shall not shoot a moose.  

 

          (g)  No person shall use an unmanned aerial vehicle as defined in Fis 312, or a person in any other aircraft to locate moose or communicate the location of moose to a permittee, subpermittee, or licensed guide between September 1 and December 31 of any year, or during the open moose season.

 

          (h)  No person shall use radio telemetry equipment, electronic calls, cell phones, radio transceivers, pagers, or other communication devices to collect and thereafter provide information to a permittee, subpermittee, or licensed guide for the purpose of attracting or taking moose after September 1 of any year or during the open moose season.

 

          (i)  No moose shall be taken within 300 feet of a class I, II, III, IV, or V highway, as classified pursuant to RSA 229:5.  For purposes of this section both the hunter and the moose shall be not less than 300 feet from a class I, II, III, IV, or V highway.

 

          (j)  No moose shall be taken with rimfire firearms or with shotguns using shot loads including buckshot.  In towns restricted to weapon types pursuant to RSA 207:3-b, 208:3, 208:3-a, 208:3-b, and 208:3-c, only shotguns loaded with a single ball, muzzle-loading rifle, pistols as specified in RSA 208:3-d, crossbow or bow and arrow shall be permitted for the taking of moose, except pistols shall not be used in the town of Bow pursuant to RSA 207:3-b.

 

          (k) A person holding a current moose permit or subpermittee's permit may hunt moose with a muzzleloading firearm of not less than .45 caliber.

 

          (l)  Not withstanding (f) above, a permittee taking moose under the provisions of RSA 208:1-aa may use additional guides to assist in carrying out such hunt as necessary for the safe and successful completion of the hunt.

 

          (m)  Only one moose shall be taken per permittee and subpermittee combination.

 

          (n)  Moose may be taken in the water.

 

          (o)  The permittee or the subpermittee may shoot the moose, but it shall be the responsibility of the permittee to tag the moose immediately upon killing, remove the moose, and transport it to the biological check station as required by Fis 301.08.

 

          (p) The moose tag shall contain the following:

 

(1)  The shooter’s signature;

 

(2)  The date and time of kill;

 

(3)  Town of kill;

 

(4)  Specific location of kill; and

 

(5)  The assigned wildlife management unit. 

 

          (q)  The permittee shall remain with the moose during transportation to the biological check station.  If the moose is shot by the subpermittee, both the permittee and subpermittee shall go to the check station to check the moose.

 

          (r)  The permittee and subpermittee shall only hunt in the wildlife management unit to which they are assigned by the department.

 

          (s)  The subpermittee shall always be accompanied by the permittee while hunting moose. All subpermittees shall be within sight and hearing, excluding electronic devices, when actual physical direction and control can be effected pursuant to RSA 207:1, XXX.  All subpermittees under the age of 16 shall be accompanied by a permittee 18 years of age or older.

 

          (t)  The moose tag shall remain with the moose at all times until the moose is sealed at the biological check station, pursuant to RSA 208:9.

 

          (u)  Once the moose has been sealed as provided in Fis 301.08(h), a moose may be transported during the open season, and for 10 days after provided the registration seal remains firmly affixed to the moose at all times.

 

          (v)  The permittee, subpermittee, or both if requested, shall return with or without fish and game department personnel to the kill site, the site of evisceration, or both for purposes such as, but not limited to, verification of kill site or to obtain ovaries or other biological samples left behind.

 

          (w)  Each permittee or subpermittee shall carry a moose permit and each permittee and subpermittee 16 years of age or older shall carry a hunting license at all times when hunting for moose and registering the moose at the check station.

 

          (x)  Any person leaving moose parts in the field shall place parts out of sight of roads traveled by conventional vehicles.

 

Source. #4327, eff 10-22-87; ss by #4348, eff 12-22-87; ss by #4572, eff 2-3-89; amd by #4733, eff 1-22-90; amd by #5125, eff 4-26-91; amd by #5384, eff 4-29-92; amd by #5625, eff6-1-93; ss by #5817, eff 4-26-94; amd by #6038, eff 5-17-95; ss by #6250, eff 5-22-96 (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); ss by #6520, eff 5-31-97; ss by #6783, eff 6-30-98;  ss by #7699, eff 6-5-02; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; amd by #8357, eff 5-25-05; amd by #8931, eff 7-6-07; ss by #9163, eff 5-28-08; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, (paras (a)-(p) & (r)-(y)); amd by #9720-B, eff 6-5-10, (para (q)); amd by 9800-A, eff 1-1-11 para (k); ss by #10142, eff 6-5-12; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; ss by #12591, eff 7-25-18; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-21

 

          Fis 301.071  Moose Hunter Diary.

 

          (a)  The permittee shall complete the moose hunter diary and return it to the department:

 

(1)  During the registration process at a biological check station as provided in Fis 301.08(e) if successful in taking a moose; or

 

(2)  By mailing it to the department, post marked no later than the second Friday following the close of the moose season, if unsuccessful in taking a moose, to:

 

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

11 Hazen Drive

Concord, NH 03301

 

          (b)  The permittee shall provide the following information on the moose hunter diary card;

 

(1)  The permittee’s name and permit number;

 

(2)  For each day hunted, the date, total hours hunted, number of bulls seen, number of cows seen, number of calves seen and the number of moose of unknown sex or age seen;

 

(3)  The wildlife management unit hunted;

 

(4)  An indication of whether either the permittee or subpermittee was successful in shooting a moose;

 

(5)  An indication of whether either the permittee or subpermittee did any pre-season scouting for moose, and if so:

 

a.  How many total hours were spent scouting;

 

b.  How many total moose were seen while scouting; and

 

c.  If the permittee or subpermittee was successful in taking a moose, whether the moose was taken in an area that had been scouted.

 

(6)  An indication as to whether the permittee was hunting for a trophy bull, any bull, a cow, a calf, any adult moose or other.

 

Source.  #10347, eff 5-22-13; amd by #10619, eff 6-2-14

 

          Fis 301.08  Moose Registration at Biological Check Stations.

 

          (a)  Moose taken during the open moose hunting season shall be presented at the nearest biological check station within 24 hours of the kill.

 

          (b)  Moose taken prior to the open season on hunting adventure permits under RSA 208:1-aa shall be presented to a designated conservation officer or a designated deer registration station within 24 hours of the kill.

 

          (c)  The moose shall be transported in such a manner that a portion of the moose is open to view.

 

          (d)  Biological check stations shall be open for 3 to 9 days during the open moose hunting season.  The day after the season closes moose shall be registered at any fish and game department regional office or at headquarters in Concord.

 

          (e)  At the registration station, the permittee shall provide the fish and game department with his or her completed moose hunter diary card, hunting license, moose permit and completed moose tag as well as the following on the “Moose Registration” form:

 

(1)  Date and time of kill;

 

(2)  Wildlife management unit, town, and locality of kill;

 

(3)  Weapon used;

 

(4)  An indication as to whether or not the moose was taken with aid of a guide;

 

(5)  Shooter’s name, address, telephone number, date of birth, sex, and license number, if required; and

 

(6)  The shooter’s signature, signed subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

          (f)  The permittee shall allow biological information to be taken from their moose including the sex, antler beam diameter, number of points, antler spread, weight, estimated age, and estimated tick loads.

 

          (g)  The permittee shall bring in to the biological check station at least the following:

 

(1)  The lower jaw, including incisors, one of which shall be taken for aging purposes;

 

(2)  The intact antler rack on an antlered moose;

 

(3)  The skull plate on a male antlerless moose;

 

(4)  The female reproductive tract including both of the ovaries and the mammary sack; and

 

(5)  All edible portions of the moose.

 

          (h)  Once all moose registration requirements are completed, a moose registration seal as provided in RSA 208:9 shall be affixed by fish and game personnel or their designated agents to the moose for transportation.

 

Source.  #4327, eff 8-22-87; ss by #4572, eff 2-3-89; amd by #5125, eff 4-26-91; amd by #5384, eff 4-29-92; ss by #5625, eff 6-1-93; ss by #5817, eff 4-26-94; amd by #6038, eff 5-17-95; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); ss by #6520, eff 5-31-97; ss by #7699, eff 6-5-02; ss by #7921, eff 7-24-03; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, (paras (a)-(c) and (e) and (f)); amd by #9720-B, eff 6-5-10, (para (d)); ss by #10347, eff 5-22-13; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; amd by #11114, eff 6-3-16

 

          Fis 301.09  Moose Season Lottery.   

 

          (a)  Application for the moose season lottery shall be made on an application described in Fis 1102.08.

 

          (b)  The applicant shall be at least 16 years of age by the application deadline.

 

          (c)  A non-refundable fee of $15 for residents or $25 for nonresidents, payable to New Hampshire fish and game department by cash, check, or money order, shall accompany each application.

 

          (d)  Only one application per person shall be entered in the lottery and applications shall be non-transferable.  Any person who provides an incorrect state of residency on an application shall be disqualified from the lottery process and shall not be eligible to receive a permit.  State of residency for purposes of the moose lottery application process shall be the person’s state of residence, pursuant to RSA 207:1, XXIII, at the deadline date for moose lottery applications.  Proof of NH residency shall be the applicant’s valid NH driver’s license or NH non-driver’s id card number issued by the NH department of safety, division of motor vehicles, prior to the application deadline.

 

          (e)  Illegible applications and incomplete applications shall be returned and not considered.  Corrected applications may be resubmitted.

 

          (f)  No late entries shall be accepted.

 

          (g)  Bonus points shall be accrued in accordance with RSA 208:1-a, II-a.

 

          (h)  No person shall accrue more than one point in a given year’s lottery.

 

          (i)  A person’s accrued points shall be lost if:

 

(1)  The applicant fails to provide an eligible application for a given year’s lottery;

 

(2)  The applicant fails to provide notification of a driver's license number or non-driver identification number change as specified in (w);

 

(3)  The successful applicant has paid the permit fee and does not return the permit by October 1 as specified in (t); or

 

(4)  The applicant provides an incorrect state of residency as described in Fis 301.09(d).

 

          (j)  All applications shall be:

 

(1)  Turned in to the department headquarters by 4:00 p.m. on the last Friday in May;

 

(2)  Postmarked no later than midnight on the last Friday in May; or

 

(3)  Submitted on-line as long as the transaction was started prior to midnight eastern daylight time on the last Friday in May.

 

          (k)  Applications shall be assigned a number on a first come first served basis when received at the department headquarters.  Self-addressed and stamped receipts shall be returned as notification that the application has been received.

 

          (l)  The lottery drawing shall be:

 

(1)  Held after the season dates have been adopted by rules; and

 

(2)  Conducted in the following manner:

 

a.  Selection of winning numbers shall be done by computer selection of random numbers;

 

b.  A total of 40 application numbers shall be drawn;

 

c.  A total of 500 additional numbers shall be drawn as alternates;

 

d.  The 40 moose permits shall be allocated as specified in Table 300.02 below:

 

Table 300.02  Moose Permit Allocation Table

 

Wildlife Management Unit

No. of Permits For Either Sex

Moose

No. of Permits Restricted To Antlerless Moose Only

 

A1

2

0

A2

8

0

B

5

0

C1

3

0

C2

6

0

D1

4

0

D2

2

0

E1

1

0

E2

1

0

E3

1

0

F

2

0

G

0

0

H1

0

0

H2-north

0

0

H2-south

0

0

I1

0

0

I2

0

0

J1

0

0

J2

0

0

K

0

0

L

3

0

M

2

0

 

e.  Based on the order of computer selection, applicants shall be assigned a permit as follows:

 

1.  Applicants shall be assigned a permit for either sex moose in a wildlife management unit indicated on their application;

 

2.  If all permits for either sex moose in those wildlife management units are filled, applicants shall:

 

(i)  Be assigned to a permit for an antlerless moose provided their application indicates they are willing to hunt antlerless moose in one of the wildlife management units having these permits available; and

 

(ii)  Not be assigned a permit if their application indicates they are not willing to hunt antlerless moose; and

 

3.  Once all of the initially drawn applicants have been considered for permits:

 

(i)  Alternates shall be used to fill the remaining permits; and

 

(ii)  Successful applicants drawn for a permit shall be notified by mail within 10 working days; and

 

f.  The percentage of nonresident numbers drawn shall not be greater than the percentage of nonresident hunting licenses sold during the previous calendar year, and nonresidents shall be randomly distributed throughout the wildlife management units.

 

          (m)  Alternates shall be chosen if a permittee chooses not to participate in the hunt and advises the department, in writing, of this decision.  Alternates shall be selected in the order in which they were originally drawn in the lottery.  Chosen alternates shall then be permittees.  Alternates shall be assigned to the wildlife management unit which was assigned to the original permittee.  These new permittees shall be notified by mail within 7 days after being selected.

 

          (n)  The permit fee shall be paid in full at fish and game headquarters in Concord no later than the last working day in July.  Late payments received via U.S. mail shall be accepted provided they were postmarked no later than midnight on the third Friday of July.  Alternates shall be chosen for applicants failing to pay the fee by the prescribed date.  Alternates selected shall then pay within 14 days after being notified.

 

          (o)  The permittee shall submit the information specified in (p) below on the permittee and the subpermittee, if a subpermittee is designated, to the fish and game department so that it shall be received at fish and game headquarters in Concord by the last working day in July.  Late information received via US mail shall be accepted provided they are postmarked not later than midnight on the third Friday in July. If an alternate is chosen as a permittee, designation of subpermittee and accompanying information shall be submitted with the payment.

 

          (p)  The information required in (o) of permittees and subpermittees shall be as follows:

 

(1)  Confirmation of the permittee’s intention to participate in the moose hunt signed subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3;

 

(2)  The subpermittee’s:

 

a.  Complete name and mailing address;

 

b.  Date of birth; and

 

c.  Telephone number; and

 

(3)  A signed statement from the permittee and the subpermittee that neither has paid or bartered anything for the privilege of being designated as a subpermittee and that they each have read and understand the current moose hunting rules signed subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

          (q)  The permittee shall obtain a permit described in Fis 1102.09.  There shall be no residency requirements for the subpermittee.

 

          (r)  No person shall act as a subpermittee for more than one permittee.

 

          (s)  The deadline for the permittee to change the subpermittee shall be 8 days prior to the start of the moose season.

 

          (t)  Once the fee for a moose permit has been paid, the permittee shall lose all accumulated points and not be eligible to submit an application for the next 3 application periods, unless the permittee returns the permit prior to October 1 so that an alternate may be notified to participate in the moose hunt.

 

          (u)  No permittee shall sell or barter the subpermittee portion of their permit.

 

          (v)  No person shall possess more than one moose permit as a permittee.

 

          (w)  If a person’s driver’s license number or non-driver identification number changes, the applicant shall notify the department on the application.  If the department is not able to match the identity of the applicant with its records, the applicant shall provide their name, address, date of birth, their old identification number and new identification number.

 

          (x)  The executive director shall waive restrictions in the moose lottery process to delay the issuance of a moose permit for one year after being drawn due to a life-threatening illness or accident of the permittee or the permittee’s active duty military service, any of which prevents the permittee from participating in the moose hunt.

 

          (y)  In order for the permit to be deferred, the permittee shall:

 

(1)  Not have participated in any portion of the current year’s moose hunt; and

 

(2)  Provide the following:

 

a.  A request from the permittee to defer the permit which includes a brief explanation as to the deferment request signed subject to the penalties for making unsworn statements under RSA 641:3; and

 

b.  Either:

 

1.  A statement from a physician stating that due to the permittee’s medical condition the permittee is physically not able to participate in the current year’s moose hunt, signed subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3; or

 

2.  In the case of active military service, federal documentation which shows that the permittee will be on active duty during the current year’s moose hunt.

 

          (z)  The permittee shall notify department headquarters no later than 4pm on the day before the hunt begins of said intent to defer the current year’s permit.

 

          (aa)  The information referenced in Fis 301.09(y) and the permit shall be received at department headquarters no later than the second Friday of November.

 

          (ab)  The executive director shall authorize permits, in addition to the permits in Fis 301.09(l)(2)d., if the director determines that a department error resulted in the rejection of an eligible application for a permit, provided the issuance will have no significant impact on the moose population and the application would have otherwise been successful based on its random number.

 

Source. #4327, eff 10-22-87; ss by #4572, eff 2-3-89; amd by #4733, eff 1-22-90; amd by #5125, eff 4-26-91; amd by #5384, eff 4-29-92; amd by #5625, eff 6-1-93; ss by #5817, eff 4-26-94; amd by #6038, eff 5-17-95; ss by #6250, eff 5-22-96 (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); ss by #6520, eff 5-31-97; ss by #6783, eff 6-30-98; amd by #7107, eff 9-25-99; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #7699, eff 6-5-02; ss by #8019, eff 12-24-03; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; amd by #8249, eff 1-6-05; ss by #8357, eff 5-25-05; amd by #8517, eff 12-17-05; amd by #8644, eff 6-1-06; amd by #8914, eff 1-1-08; ss by #9163, eff 5-28-08; ss by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10; amd by #9948-A, eff 6-24-11; ss by #10142, eff 6-5-12; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; ss by #10853, eff 6-22-15; ss by #11114, eff 6-3-16; amd by #12189, eff 5-25-17; amd by #12786, eff 5-22-19; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-21

 

          Fis 301.10  Rabbits and Hares.

 

          (a)  Snowshoe hares shall only be taken as follows: 

 

(1)  The open season shall be October 1 to March 31; and

 

(2)  The daily bag limit shall be as follows: 

 

a.  In WMUs A through G, and J1 the daily bag limit shall be 3 snowshoe hares; and 

 

b.  In WMUs H1, H2, I1, I2 J2, K, L and M the daily bag limit shall be 2 snowshoe hares; 

 

          (b)  Cottontail rabbits shall only be taken in WMUs H2, K, L and M, except for the closed areas specified in (c), as follows: 

 

(1)  The open season shall be October 1 to January 31;

 

(2)  The open season for falconry shall be October 1 to March 15; and 

 

(3)  The daily bag limit shall be 2 cottontail rabbits. 

 

          (c)  The following areas shall be closed to the taking of cottontail rabbits: 

 

(1)  The portion of WMUs K, M and L bound by Route 28 from the Massachusetts border in Salem, north to, Route 101 in Manchester, Route 101 west to I 93 in Manchester, I 93 north to I 293 in Hooksett,  I 293 south to Granite Street in Manchester, Granite Street south to South Main Street in Manchester, South Main Street south to Route114A in Manchester, Route 114A north to Route 114 in Goffstown, Route 114 north to Route 13 in Goffstown,  Route 13 south to the Massachusetts border in Brookline; and 

 

(2)  The portion of WMU L bound by Route 202/11 west from the Maine border in Rochester, to Route 16, Route 16 south to Route 125, Route 125 south to Route 101, Route 101 east to the Squamscott River, north along the Squamscott River, north along shoreline of Great and Little Bay estuary to the Piscataqua River, and northwest along the Maine border to Route 202/11 at the Maine border. 

 

          (d)  No person shall take hare or rabbits by the use of a snare.

 

Source.  #4551, eff 12-20-88; ss by #4879, eff 7-23-90; ss by #5829, eff 5-24-94; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #7533, eff 7-24-01; amd by #7699, eff 6-5-02; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; ss by #9163, eff 5-28-08; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; ss by #12591 eff 7-25-18; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-21

 

Fis 301.11  Gray Squirrel.

 

          (a)  The season for gray squirrel shall open September 1 and close January 31.

 

          (b)  The daily bag limit of squirrel shall be 5 gray squirrels.

 

          (c)  No person shall hunt or take squirrels within a compact zone of any village or city or within the limits of any public park or cemetery.

 

Source.  #4551, eff 12-20-88; ss by #4879, eff 7-23-90; ss by #5829, eff 5-24-94; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 301); ss by #6520, eff 5-31-97; ss by #6783, eff 6-30-98; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; ss by #9163, eff 5-28-08; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; amd by #12591, eff 7-25-18

 

PART Fis 302  GAME BIRDS

 

Statutory Authority:  RSA Chapter 209

 

REVISION NOTE:

 

          The following documents readopted with amendments the rules indicated and therefore supersede all prior filings in each case for those rules.  The documents are exempt from the requirements of RSA 541-A pursuant to RSA 209:6-b.  Therefore the rules in these documents do not expire but remain in effect unless repealed or superseded by later filings as noted.

 

Document #5696, eff. 8-26-93

Fis 302.04 through Fis 302.07 and Fis 302.10

 

Document #5870, effective 7-19-94

Fis 302.02, Fis 302.08 and Fis 302.09

 

Document #5885, effective 8-25-94

Fis 302.04, Fis 302.06, Fis 302.07 and Fis 302.10

 

Document #6088, effective 8-29-95

Fis 304.04 through Fis 302.07 and Fis 302.10

 

          Fis 302.01  Wild Turkey.

 

          (a)  No person shall at any time hunt, shoot, pursue, kill, or take wild turkey in this state without first procuring a turkey permit and the applicable license required under RSA 214.

 

          (b)  For purposes of this section, the state shall be divided into wildlife management units as described in Fis 301.02.

 

          (c)  The spring turkey season shall be May 1 through May 31.

 

          (d)  The fall turkey seasons shall be as follows:

 

(1)  The archery season shall be September 15 to December 15, provided that in WMU A the closure date shall be December 8; and

 

(2)  In wildlife management units D2, G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L, and M, the shotgun season shall be 7 consecutive days in length beginning 5 days immediately preceding the moose season as specified in Fis 301.07(c).

 

          (e) Shooting hours shall be as follows:

 

(1)  The shooting hours during the spring turkey season shall begin one half hour before sunrise and end at 12:00 noon; and

 

(2)  The shooting hours during the fall seasons for the taking of wild turkeys shall begin one half hour before sunrise and end one half hour after sunset.

 

          (f)  Persons licensed to take turkeys shall be entitled to take no more than 2 turkeys per year as follows:

 

(1)  One bearded or male turkey may be taken in the spring season described in (c) and one turkey of either sex may be taken during the fall archery season or during the fall shotgun season described in (d); or

 

(2)  Two bearded or male turkeys may be taken in the spring season described in (c), provided that:

 

a.  No person shall take a second turkey until the first turkey has been legally registered; and

 

b.  One turkey may be taken statewide, the other turkey shall only be taken in wildlife management units H1, H2, J2, K, L, or M.

 

          (g)  Nothing in this section shall prohibit a properly licensed turkey hunter who has taken a turkey from assisting another properly licensed turkey hunter by calling only.  The person assisting by calling shall not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow that could lawfully be used for the purpose of a take.

 

          (h)  The lawful methods of take shall consist of:

 

(1)  Shotguns, with the following shot and loads:

 

a.  Between 10 and 20 gauge inclusively, with shot size of #4 and smaller, in hunting rather than target loads; or

 

b.  28 gauge and .410, with shot sizes #7 through #9, a minimum shot density of 18 grams per cubic centimeter (G/CC), and a minimum barrel length of 18 inches; and

 

(2)  Bow and arrow or crossbow in accordance with Fis 301.041.

 

(3)  No person shall use live decoys, electronic calling devices, baiting, cooperative drives, or dogs during the spring turkey season;

 

(4)  No person shall use live decoys, electronic calling devices, baiting, or cooperative drives during the fall archery season and fall shotgun season; and

 

(5)  No person shall shoot at or take a turkey while the turkey is in a tree, regardless of the method of take.

 

          (i)  The licensed hunter taking the turkey shall register and report the kill as follows:

 

(1)  Immediately upon killing a turkey, the licensed hunter shall:

 

a.  Detach the turkey tag from his or her license;

 

b.  Fill out the tag with the name and address of the licensee who killed the turkey, the date and time of kill, and WMU where the turkey was killed;

 

c.  Securely attach the tag to the leg of the turkey; and

 

d.  Keep the carcass fully feathered and intact, except that the carcass may be eviscerated before completing the registration process;

 

(2)  No person shall attach a turkey tag to a turkey that person did not kill;

 

(3)  No person shall possess a turkey tag that was not issued to that person;

 

(4)  No person shall transport a wild turkey unless it is tagged with a turkey tag and is accompanied by the licensed hunter who took the turkey;

 

(5)  Any turkey taken during the special youth hunting days for turkey in accordance with Fis 1204.03(a) or during any other turkey season shall be registered within 24 hours of taking in accordance with one of the following methods:

 

a.  Completion of a turkey registration report and receipt of a seal on the bird at a department approved registration station in accordance with Fis 302.012; or

 

b.  Completion of all required fields in an online registration report using the link available at www.wild.nh.com, and receipt of an electronic confirmation that the report was completed and accepted by the department; 

 

(6)  Each registrant shall maintain proof of completion of the registration process for a minimum of 180 days in the form of:

 

a.  The physical seal placed on the bird at a department registration station; or

 

b.  An electronic or printed copy of the computer screen that acknowledges the filing of the registration survey in the online registration tool described in (a) (2) above; and 

 

(7)  If requested, the carcass of the turkey shall be exhibited to a conservation officer for examination to determine the method of kill.

 

Source.  #1543, eff 3-10-80; amd by #1731, eff 3-24-81; amd by #1986, eff 3-24-82; ss by #2337, eff 4-8-83; amd by #2675, eff 4-18-84; amd by #2991, eff 3-22-85; amd by #4032, eff 4-1-86; amd by #4247, eff 3-30-87; amd by #4398, eff 4-18-88; ss by #4603, eff 4-26-89; ss by #4787, eff 3-22-90; amd by 4859, eff 1-1-91; amd by #5176, eff 7-11-91; amd by #5385, eff 4-29-92; ss by #5612, eff 4-16-93; ss by #5799, eff 3-22-94; amd by #6025, eff 4-26-95; amd by #6250, eff 5-22-96; ss by #6341, eff 1-1-97; ss by #6784, eff 1-1-99; amd by #6841, eff 1-1-99; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #7532, eff 1-1-02; amd by #7699, eff 6-5-02; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; ss by #8357, eff 5-25-05; ss by #8644, eff 6-1-06; ss by #9055, eff 1-2-08; ss by #9171, eff 6-5-08; ss by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10; amd by #10037, eff 11-29-11; ss by #10142, eff 6-5-12; ss by #10619, eff 6-2-14; amd by #11114, eff 6-3-16; ss by #12591, eff 7-25-18; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-21

 

          Fis 302.011  Turkey Registration Stations.

 

          (a)  New turkey registration stations shall be authorized only if:

 

(1)  The proposed station location is greater than 10 travel miles from the nearest adjacent station unless an adjacent station(s) registers more than 200 spring turkeys or was in existence on 12/31/09;

 

(2)  The proposed location has adequate facilities and is easily accessible.  Adequate facilities and easily accessible means that the location has adequate space for parking and registering or weighing turkey, is a safe distance away from the highway or road, and is located on or near a main route of travel for hunters;

 

(3)  The hours of operation and location of the proposed station will minimize inconvenience to hunters needing to register a turkey by being open during early morning, later into the evening and open on weekend days; and

 

(4)  The applicant shall not have been convicted of any fish and game violation within the past 7 years.

 

          (b)  Turkey registration agents under RSA 209:12-a shall provide the following information on a “Turkey Registration Station Agreement”:

 

(1)  The station owner or operator’s name;

 

(2)  Date of agreement;

 

(3)  Name, physical address, mailing address, county and telephone number of the station owner or operator’s establishment;

 

(4)  The owner or operator’s home address and telephone number; and

 

(5)  The hours and days of operation of the proposed registration station.

 

          (c)  The turkey registration station owner, operator, and employees shall print legibly, accurately, and completely when filling out the turkey registration form described in Fis 302.012.

 

          (d)  The turkey registration station owner or operator shall sign the agreement in the presence of a witnessing department conservation officer or his designee, who shall also sign the agreement.

 

          (e)  Registration station agreements shall not be transferable upon change of ownership and shall not be assigned to any other party.

 

          (f)  By signing the agreement, applicants shall agree to abide by the statutes and rules governing turkey registration stations and turkey registration reports and shall sign subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

          (g)  Failure to accurately and legibly provide the information specified in Fis 302.012 on the turkey registration report shall, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, result in the suspension or closure of the registration station.

 

          (h)  Those registration stations which are also fish and game agents as defined in RSA 214-A:1, II shall remain in good standing with regard to the requirements of RSA 214-A.

 

          (i)  Turkey registration agents may collect up to $2.00 as a registration agent fee pursuant to RSA 209:12-a.

 

Source.  #8085, eff 5-26-04; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, (paras (a) & (e)-(i)); amd by #9720-B, eff 6-5-10, (paras (b)-(d)); ss by #12591, eff 7-25-18

 

          Fis 302.012  Turkey Registration Reports.

 

          (a)  All persons reporting a turkey kill to a turkey registration station under RSA 209:12-a shall provide the following:

 

(1)  The shooter’s:

 

a.  Name;

 

b.  Street and mailing address;

 

c.  Telephone number;

 

d.  Sex;

 

e.  Residency; and

 

f.  Date of birth;

 

(2)  Town of kill

 

(3)  Date of kill;

 

(4)  Time of kill;

 

(5)  The following information about the turkey:

 

a.  Sex;

 

b.  Weight;

 

c.  Length of beard to the nearest ¼ inch;

 

d.  Length of left and right spurs;

 

e.  Age, by indicating whether the turkey is adult or immature; and

 

f.  Description of any abnormality, injury, off coloration, leg band, or wing streamer on turkey;

 

(6)  Weapon type used;

 

(7)  Wildlife management unit of kill;

 

(8)  The following license information:

 

a.  Hunting license type(s) and license number(s) held by licensee; and

 

b.  Permit type(s) and permit number(s) held by licensee and under which the turkey was taken; and

 

(9)  The registration number of the vehicle transporting the turkey.

 

          (b)  The registration agent shall include the following:

 

(1)  The date and time of turkey registration;

 

(2)  The date and time of turkey license purchase;

 

(3  The seal number attached to the turkey, if not registered electronically; and

 

(4)  The registration station number.

 

          (c)  The hunter shall sign the paper report subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

          (d)  The registering agent shall:

 

(1)  Securely affix the seal to the turkey if not registered electronically, or provide hunter with turkey confirmation number if registered electronically; and

 

(2)  Sign the paper report, or file the electronic report subject to the penalties for making unsworn false statements under RSA 641:3.

 

Source.  #8085, eff 5-26-04; amd by #9720-A, eff 6-5-10, (para (d)(1)); amd by 9720-B, eff 6-5-10, paras (a)-(c) & (d) intro & (d)(2); ss by #11114, eff 6-3-16; ss by #13211, eff 5-26-21

 

          Fis 302.02  American Crow.

 

          (a)  Pursuant to authority granted by RSA 209:6-b, and in accordance with 50 CFR Part 20, the season for taking American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) shall open on March 16 and close on March 31; open again on August 15 and close again on November 30 each year.

 

          (b)  There shall be no bag limit for crows.

 

          (c)  Crows shall not be hunted from an aircraft.

 

          (d)  Crows shall be taken with firearms, bow and arrow, or falconry.

 

Source.  #984, eff 8-1-77; ss by #2150, eff 10-6-82; ss by #2832, eff 8-21-84; ss by #4463, eff 7-29-88; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 302) #5870, eff 7-19-94; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #7359, EXEMPT, eff 8-24-00; ss by #7550, EXEMPT, eff 8-29-01; ss by #8121, EXEMPT, eff 7-14-04

 

          Fis 302.03  Raven.  There shall be no open season on raven (Corvus corax).

 

Source.  #984, eff 8-1-77; ss by #2150, eff 10-6-82; ss by #2832, eff 8-21-84; ss by #4858, eff 7-5-90; ss by #6250, eff 5-22-96; ss by #8085, eff 5-26-04; ss by #9985, EXEMPT, eff 8-24-11

 

          Fis 302.04  Ducks, Mergansers, and Sea Ducks. 

 

          (a)  Pursuant to authority granted by RSA 209:6-b, and in accordance with 50 CFR Part 20, the season for taking ducks, mergansers, and sea ducks shall be as follows:

 

(1)  The season for taking ducks, mergansers, and sea ducks in the inland zone shall open October 4 and close November 6; reopen on November 23 and close again on December 18;

 

(2)  The season for taking ducks, mergansers, and sea ducks in the coastal zone shall open on October 5 and close on October 11; reopen on November 23 and close again on January 14;

 

(3)  The season for taking ducks, mergansers, and sea ducks in the northern zone shall open on October 2 and close on November 30; and

 

(4)  There shall be no open season for Harlequin ducks.

 

          (b)  The delineation of the inland, northern and coastal boundaries shall be as follows:

 

(1)  Coastal zone - Beginning at the Maine-New Hampshire line in Rollinsford, that portion of the state of New Hampshire east of a boundary formed by state highway 4, west to the city of Dover, south to the intersection of state highway 108, south along state highway 108 through Madbury, Durham and New Market to the junction of state highway 85 in Newfields, south to state highway 101 in Exeter, east to Interstate 95 (New Hampshire Turnpike) in Hampton, and south on Interstate 95 to the Massachusetts border;

 

(2)  Northern zone - That area of the state east of the Connecticut River zone and north of the inland zone beginning at the junction of route 10 and route 25A in Orford, east on route 25A to route 25 in Wentworth, southeast on route 25 to exit 26 of route I-93 in Plymouth, south on route I-93 to route 3 at exit 24 of route I-93 in Ashland, northeast on route 3 to route 113 in Holderness, north on route 113 to route 113-A in Sandwich, north on route 113-A to route 113 in Tamworth, east on route 113 to route 16 in Chocorua, north on route 16 to route 302 in Conway, east on route 302 to the ME-NH border; and

 

(3)  Inland zone - The remaining portion of the state including the Connecticut river zone as specified in RSA 209:5-a.

 

(c)  The sea duck hunting area includes all coastal waters and waters of rivers and streams seaward from the first upstream bridge from the coast.

 

           (d)  Daily shooting or falconry hours shall begin at one-half hour before sunrise and end at sunset.

 

           (e)  Taking of ducks in the inland, northern and coastal zone shall be limited to a daily bag of 6, and a possession limit of 18.  Taking of sea ducks shall be limited to a daily bag limit of 4 and a possession limit of 12.  Taking of mergansers shall be limited to a daily bag of 5, and a possession limit of 15.  The falconry daily bag limit shall not exceed 3 migratory game birds in the aggregate.

 

           (f)  The species of ducks named below shall be subject to the following restricted bag limits, and shall be included as part of the daily bag limit specified in paragraph (d):

 

(1)  Taking of black ducks statewide shall be limited to a daily bag of 2 and a possession limit of 6;

 

(2)  Taking of wood ducks statewide shall be limited to a daily bag of 3 and a possession limit of 9;

 

(3)  Taking of redheads statewide shall be limited to a daily bag of 2 and a possession limit of 6;

 

(4)  Taking of mallards statewide shall be limited to a daily bag of 2 (only 1 of which may be a hen), and a possession limit of 6 (only 3 of which may be hens);

 

(5)  Taking of pintails statewide shall be limited to a daily bag of 1, and a possession limit of 3;

 

(6)  Taking of scaup statewide shall be limited to a daily bag of 1 and a possession limit of 3;

 

(7)  Taking of scoter statewide shall be limited to a daily bag limit of 3 and a possession limit  of 9;

 

(8)  Taking of eiders statewide shall be limited to a daily bag limit of 3 (only 1 of which may be a hen) and a possession limit of 9;

 

(9)  Taking of long-tailed ducks statewide shall be limited to a daily bag limit of 3 and a possession limit of 9; and

 

(10)  Taking of canvasbacks statewide shall be limited to a daily bag of 2 and a possession limit of 6.

 

           (g)  In addition to the regular migratory bird season, there shall be a special extended falconry season on ducks, mergansers, and American coots as follows: 

 

(1)  The inland zone season extension shall open on November 7 and shall close on November 22, reopen on December 19 and close again January 16;

 

(2)  The coastal zone season extension shall open on January 25 and close on March 10; 

 

(3)  The northern zone season shall open on December 1 and shall close on January 14; and

 

(4)  The daily bag and possession limits for falconry are specified in Fis 302.04.

 

           (h)  Non-toxic shot shall be required statewide for the taking of ducks and mergansers.  For the purposes of this section “nontoxic shot” means, as it does in 50 CFR 20, any shot type that does not cause sickness and death when ingested by migratory birds as determined under 50 CFR 20.  The only shot currently approved by the Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service, are steel shot, bismuth-tin shot, tungsten-iron shot, tungsten-polymer shot, tungsten-matrix shot, tungsten-nickel-iron shot, tungsten-bronze shot, tungsten-tin-bismuth shot, tungsten-tin-iron-nickel shot, tungsten-iron-copper-nickel shot, tungsten-tin-iron shot, and tungsten-iron-polymer shot.

 

 

Source.  #1635, eff 9-22-80; amd by #1821, eff 9-29-81; amd by #1447, eff 10-3-79; ss by #2150, eff 10-6-82; amd by #2493, eff 9-30-83; ss by #2865, eff 9-27-84; amd by #3115, eff 9-16-85; amd by #4127, eff 9-5-86; amd by #4307, eff 8-28-87; ss by #4490, eff 9-16-88; ss by #4634, eff 6-21-89; ss by #4674, eff 9-19-89; ss by #4929, eff 9-6-90; ss by #5216, eff 8-30-91; ss by #5460, eff 8-31-92; ss by #5696, eff 8-26-93; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 302) #5885, eff 8-25-94; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 302) #6088, eff 8-29-95; ss by #6331, eff 8-26-96; ss by #6579, EXEMPT, eff 9-16-97; ss by #6850, EXEMPT, eff 8-27-98; ss by #7092, EXEMPT, eff 9-2-99; ss by #7360, EXEMPT, eff 8-25-00; ss by #7550, EXEMPT, eff 8-29-01; ss by #7757, EXEMPT, eff 8-22-02; ss by #7941-A, EXEMPT, eff 8-25-03; ss by #8154, EXEMPT, eff 9-2-04; ss by #8421, EXEMPT, eff 8-18-05; ss by #8734, EXEMPT, eff 9-25-06; ss by #8982, EXEMPT, eff 9-21-07; ss by #9251, EXEMPT, eff 8-29-08; ss by #9540, EXEMPT, eff 9-10-09; ss by #9771, EXEMPT, eff 8-26-10; ss by #9985, EXEMPT, eff 8-24-11; ss by #10174, EXEMPT, eff 8-22-12; ss by #10400, EXEMPT, eff 8-21-13; ss by #10658, EXEMPT, eff 8-16-14; ss by #10911, EXEMPT, eff 8-22-15; ss by #11072, EXEMPT, eff 4-14-16; ss by #12159, EXEMPT, eff 4-14-17; ss by #12514, EXEMPT, eff 4-14-18; ss by #12759, EXEMPT, eff 4-16-19; ss by #13034, eff 4-14-20; ss by #13197, eff 4-24-21; ss by #13376, eff 4-14-22

 

          Fis 302.05 Coots.

 

           (a)  Pursuant to authority granted by RSA 209:6-b, and in accordance with 50 CFR Part 20, the season for taking coots shall be as follows:

 

(1)  The inland zone, as specified in Fis 302.04(a)(3), shall open October 4 and close on November 6; reopen on November 23 and close again on December 18; 

 

(2)  The coastal zone, as specified in Fis 302.04(a)(1), shall open on October 5 and close on October 11; reopen on November 23 and close again on January 14; and

 

(3)  The northern zone, as specified in Fis 302.04 (a)(2), shall open on October 2 and closeon November 30.

 

           (b)  Taking of coots shall be limited to a daily bag of 15, and possession limit of 45.

 

           (c)  Daily shooting hours shall be from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

 

           (d)  Nontoxic shot, as defined in Fis 302.04(h), shall be required statewide for the taking of coots.

 

Source.  #1447, paragraphs (b) & (c), eff 10-3-79; #1633, paragraph (a); amd by #1787, paragraph (a), eff 7-29-81; ss by #2131, eff 9-8-82; ss by #2865, eff 9-27-84; ss by #4490, eff 9-16-88; ss by #4634, eff 6-21-89; ss by #4674, eff 9-19-89; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 302) #5696, eff 8-26-93; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 302) #6088, eff 8-29-95; ss by #7359, EXEMPT, eff 8-24-00; ss by #8121, EXEMPT, eff 7-14-04; ss by #8421, EXEMPT, eff 8-18-05; ss by #10400, EXEMPT, eff 8-21-13; ss by #11072, EXEMPT, eff 4-14-16; ss by #12759, EXEMPT, eff 4-16-19; ss by #13034, eff 4-14-20; ss by #13197, eff 4-24-21; ss by #13376, eff 4-14-22 (formerly Fis 302.06)

 

          Fis 302.06  Geese.

 

           (a)  Pursuant to authority granted by RSA 209:6-b, and in accordance with 50 CFR Part 20, the regular Canada goose season shall be as follows:

 

(1)  The inland zone, as specified in Fis 302.04(a)(3), shall open October 4 and close on November 6; reopen on November 23 and close again on December 18.

 

(2)  The coastal zone, as specified in Fis 302.04(a)(1),  shall open October 5 and close October 11; reopen on November 23 and close again on January 14;

 

(3)  The northern zone, as specified in Fis 302.04(a)(2), shall open October 2 and close on November 30; and

 

(4)  Taking of Canada geese shall be limited to a daily bag of 2, and a possession limit of 6.

 

           (b)  The season for taking snow geese shall be as follows:

 

(1)  The inland zone, as specified in Fis 302.04(a)(3), shall open on October 4 and shall close on December 18; 

 

(2)  The coastal zone, as specified in Fis 302.04(a)(1), shall open on October 5 and close on January 14; and

 

(3)  The northern zone, as specified in 302.04(a)(2), shall open on October 2 and shall close on November 30.

 

           (c)  The taking of snow geese statewide shall be limited to a daily bag of 25, and there shall be no possession limit.

 

           (d)  Daily shooting hours shall begin at one-half hour before sunrise and end at sunset.

 

           (e)  Nontoxic shot, as defined in Fis 302.04(h), shall be required statewide for the taking of geese.

 

 

Source.  #1821, eff 9-29-81; amd by #1447, eff 10-3-79; ss by #2150, eff 10-6-82; ss by #2865, eff 9-27-84; amd by #4127, eff 9-5-86; amd by #4307, eff 8-28-87; ss by #4490, eff 9-16-88; ss by #4634, eff 6-21-89; ss by #4674, eff 9-19-89; ss by #4929, eff 9-6-90; ss by #5216, eff 8-30-91; ss by #5460, eff 8-31-92; ss by #5696, eff 8-26-93; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 302) #5885, eff 8-25-94; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 302) #6088, eff 8-29-95; ss by #6331, eff 8-26-96; ss by #6579, EXEMPT, eff 9-16-97; ss by #6850, EXEMPT, eff 8-27-98; ss by #7092, EXEMPT, eff 9-2-99; ss by #7360, EXEMPT, eff 8-25-00; ss by #7550, EXEMPT, eff 8-29-01; ss by #7757, EXEMPT, eff 8-22-02; ss by #7941-A, EXEMPT, eff 8-25-03; ss by #8154, EXEMPT, eff 9-2-04; ss by #8421, EXEMPT, eff 8-18-05; ss by #8734, EXEMPT, eff 9-25-06; ss by #8982, EXEMPT, eff 9-21-07; ss by #9251, EXEMPT, eff 8-29-08; ss by #9540, EXEMPT, eff 9-10-09; ss by #9771, EXEMPT, eff 8-26-10; ss by #9985, EXEMPT, eff 8-24-11; ss by #10174, EXEMPT, eff 8-22-12; ss by #10400, EXEMPT, eff 8-21-13; ss by #10658, EXEMPT, eff 8-16-14; ss by #10911, EXEMPT, eff 8-22-15; ss by #11072, EXEMPT, eff 4-14-16; ss by #12159, EXEMPT, eff 4-14-17; ss by #12514, EXEMPT, eff 4-14-18; ss by #12759, EXEMPT, eff 4-16-19; ss by #13034, eff 4-14-20; ss by #13197, eff 4-24-21; ss by #13376, eff 4-14-22 (formerly Fis 302.07)

 

          Fis 302.061  Special September Canada Goose Season.

 

          (a)  The special statewide September season to take Canada geese shall September 1 and close September 25.

 

          (b)  The taking of Canada geese shall be limited to a daily bag limit of 5 Canada geese, and a possession limit of 15.

 

          (c)  Nontoxic shot, as defined in Fis 302.04(g), shall be required for the taking of Canada geese.

 

          (d)  Daily shooting hours shall begin one-half hour before sunrise and end at sunset.

 

Source.  #6309, eff 7-30-96; ss by #6553, eff 7-23-97; ss by #6850, EXEMPT, eff 8-27-98; ss by #7067, EXEMPT, eff 8-1-99; ss by #8121, EXEMPT, eff 7-14-04; ss by #8943, EXEMPT, eff 7-18-07; ss by #10400, EXEMPT, eff 8-21-13; ss by #10911, EXEMPT, eff 8-22-15; renumbered by #13376 (formerly Fis 302.071)

 

          Fis 302.062  National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP).

 

          (a)  In accordance with 50 CFR Part 20.20, New Hampshire is required to participate in the migratory bird harvest information program (HIP) as of 1998.  This law requires that any person taking migratory waterfowl identify themselves as a migratory bird hunter and submit his or her name, address and date of birth to the licensing authority as well as have evidence on his or her person of compliance with this requirement.  The purpose of this section is to specify the requirements for any person taking migratory birds in New Hampshire.

 

          (b)  In addition to the licensing requirements of RSA 214 and 209:6, any person taking migratory waterfowl, woodcock or snipe shall have a migratory bird HIP validation number recorded on his/her current hunting license.

 

          (c)  Applicants shall call the telephone number provided by the department or go online at www.wildlife.state.nh to complete a HIP survey.

 

          (d)  Applicants shall obtain the HIP validation number after completing the HIP survey and shall record it in the space provide on their hunting or combination hunting and fishing licenses.

 

          (e)  The applicant shall provide the following information on the HIP survey:

 

(1)  The applicant's complete name;

 

(2)  The complete mailing address;

 

(3)  The applicant's date of birth; and

 

(4)  An indication as to whether the applicant hunted for migratory waterfowl, woodcock, or snipe and how many birds were taken during the previous season.

 

Source.  #6578, eff 12-1-97; ss by #7289, eff 6-1-00; ss by #7359, EXEMPT, eff 8-24-00; ss by #7550, EXEMPT, eff 8-29-01; ss by #7739, EXEMPT, eff 8-1-02; renumbered by #13376 (formerly Fis 302.072)

 

          Fis 302.07  Common Snipe.

 

          (a)  Pursuant to authority granted by RSA 209:6-b, and in accordance with 50 CFR Part 20, the season for taking common snipe shall open on September 15 and close on November 14 each year.

 

          (b)  Taking of common snipe shall be limited to a daily bag of 8, and a possession limit of 24.

 

          (c)  Daily shooting hours shall begin one-half hour before sunrise and end at sunset.

 

Source.  #1447, eff 10-3-79, paragraphs (b) & (c); amd by #1811, eff 9-17-81; ss by #2131, eff 9-8-82; amd by #2455, eff 8-28-83; ss by #2865, eff 9-27-84; amd by #4119, eff 8-21-86; ss by #4318, eff 9-28-87; ss by #4463, eff 7-29-88; (See Revision Note at part heading for Fis 302) #5870, eff 7-19-94; ss by 6553, eff 7-23-97; ss by #7739, EXEMPT, eff 8-1-02; ss by #7757, EXEMPT, eff 8-22-02; ss by #8943, EXEMPT, eff 7-18-07; ss by #9985, EXEMPT, eff 8-24-11; ss by #10400, EXEMPT, eff 8-21-13; renumbered by #13376 (formerly Fis 302.08)

 

          Fis 302.08  American Woodcock.