CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public meeting on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2013 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. Comments at the meeting will be considered in finalizing New Hampshire’s 2013 waterfowl season dates.

Duck and waterfowl population levels this year in New Hampshire and in the Atlantic Flyway remain in good shape, according to N.H. Fish and Game Waterfowl Biologist Edward Robinson. In New Hampshire, breeding waterfowl surveys indicated higher duck and goose populations than in recent years. However, persistent rainy weather after nesting will most likely result in lower duckling and gosling survival.

New Hampshire’s proposed waterfowl season is very much like last year’s. The overall duck season is 60 days, with a bag limit of 6 birds daily; and the Canada goose season is 60 days, with 2 birds in the daily bag. One change in this year's regulations is that all possession limits for ducks, geese and other migratory game birds will be 3 times the daily bag limit, rather than 2 times the bag limit, as been the case in the past.

A map of the waterfowl zones may be viewed at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_waterfowl.htm

Following are the proposed waterfowl seasons:

    * The proposed Northern Zone waterfowl season would open on October 2 and run straight through November 30, 2013

    * The proposed Inland Zone waterfowl season would open on October 2 and run through November 3; then reopen November 26 through December 22, 2013.

    * The proposed Coastal Zone waterfowl season would open on October 3 and run through October 14 (Columbus Day); then reopen November 26 through January 12, 2014.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect our fish, wildlife and marine resources and habitats. Visit http://www.huntnh.com.

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