NH: Hunters and Anglers: Thank a landowner today

CONCORD, N.H. — If you’re a hunter or angler, the holiday
season is an important time to extend thanks to landowners who
share access to their land, says Charles Miner Jr., who heads up
the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Landowner Relations
Program.

“The generosity of landowners often makes outdoor experiences
possible, especially in a state like New Hampshire with more than
70% of land under private ownership,” says Miner. “It really makes
a difference when you take the time to let landowners know you
appreciate their allowing access to hunt and fish on their
property.”

A few ways to say thanks to landowners:

* Visit the landowner at the end of the season to express your
appreciation, and, if possible, provide them with some of your
harvest.

* Send a personal note or holiday card to the landowner,
thanking them for sharing their land.

* Send a gift basket, N.H. Fish & Wildlife Calendar, or gift
certificate to a local restaurant.

* Help them protect their property by documenting and reporting
suspicious activities.

* Offer to help with outdoor tasks, or to clean up and properly
dispose of illegally dumped materials left on their property.

If you are mentoring a young hunter or angler, be sure to
include them in thanking the landowner – it’s a great lesson for
them to learn!

Remember – the tradition of hunting in New Hampshire will only
continue if we all follow the basic principle of landowner
relations: Treat the landowner as you would like to be treated and
treat their land as you would like yours to be treated.

Fish and Game’s Landowner Relations Program works in partnership
with landowners, hunters and anglers to identify problems
landowners experience in providing access, and work proactively to
address them. As the foundation of the Landowner Relations
Program’s efforts to work with landowners who provide access for
hunting, Operation Land Share provides direct assistance to
landowners to resolve issues resulting from sharing their land.
Landowner Relations Program efforts are funded through generous
donations, sponsorships and grants. If you’d like to help, or to
learn more about the program, visit
http://www.wildnh.com/landshare. Your support will help to provide
access for present and future generations of hunters and
anglers.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of
the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.
Visit http://www.wildnh.com.

 

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