Edited by V. Paul Reynolds
For most of us who hunt or fish or just enjoy the great outdoors this is it – the month of months.
CAPTION FOR PHOTO ABOVE: Randy Spencer of Holden, Maine, was recognized as an award recipient during the 2015 Outdoor Writers Association of America Excellence in Craft Contests. This annual awards program recognizes and honors the best work of outdoor communicators who are members of OWAA.
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Maine - License Sales Up
Fishing, Hunting and ATV riding are increasing in popularity in Maine, and while the exact numbers are not finalized, funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, ATV registrations and the moose lottery have increased over last year by nearly three-quarters of a million dollars ($700,250).
“The increased revenue shows a rising interest in fishing, hunting and ATVing,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Maine’s natural resources are unequalled in the east, and the rising interest in these outdoor sports shows that more people are enjoying all that Maine offers.”
With the fiscal year ending on June 30, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife saw a marked increase in revenue in several categories.
- Hunting and fishing combination license revenue is up by 6% over last year, an increase of $222,443 over last year.
- Fishing license revenue is up by 7% over last year, generating $5,591,188 in revenue.
- ATV riding revenue continues to increase, with revenue up 6% over last year.
“Even with all the choices in today’s interconnected world, interest in Maine’s traditional outdoor pursuits continue to grow,” said IFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock.
Overall, the department generated $22,169,289 in revenue from the sale of licenses, registrations and permits, up 3% from last years $21,469,039.
Over 90% of the annual IFW budget comes from sportsman’s dollars. The overall IFW budget is comprised of three parts: general fund, federal grant funds and other special revenue funds. General fund appropriations equaling the amount of revenue earned from license sales, registrations, fees and other items are constitutionally protected, requiring the IFW general fund appropriation in any fiscal year not be less than the revenues collected by IFW.
Vermont - New Deer Biologist
Vermont Fish & Wildlife has hired a new biologist, Nicholas Fortin, to lead the state’s deer management program.
Fortin is currently conducting disease research for both the Washington and Idaho Departments of Fish and Wildlife. He will start work in Vermont on September 14. Fortin has previously done research and assisted in management of moose and deer in New Hampshire, mule deer and moose habitat in Wyoming, and deer wintering areas in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
“We look forward to having Nick Fortin join our team of wildlife scientists in doing research and management to help conserve Vermont’s wildlife and their habitats,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Nick will be the lead person on the deer project with collaboration from other biologists on the big game team and from different regions.”
Fortin grew up in Derby, Vermont, before getting an associate’s degree in fish and wildlife technology at Paul Smiths College in New York, a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology at the University of Maine, and his Master of Science degree in natural resources-wildlife at the University of New Hampshire.
“I’m super excited to get this job, being able to return to my home state of Vermont and working on a wildlife species, white-tailed deer, that I am passionate about,” said Fortin. “This is a great opportunity to work for the Fish & Wildlife Department and interact with the state’s hunters and others who care about deer.”
New Hampshire Hunting Seasons
Highlights of most New Hampshire hunting seasons can be found in the newly published 2015-2016 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest, which includes New Hampshire hunting season dates, bag limits, check stations and more. Hunters and trappers can pick up a free copy from their local Fish and Game license agent when they buy their license, or view it online at huntnh.com/hunting/publications.html.
Looking ahead, the much-anticipated regular firearms deer hunting season opens on November 11. Both the archery and regular firearms seasons for deer continue to end one week early in WMU A.
Following is a general overview of New Hampshire's fall hunting seasons (please be sure to consult the Digest for additional information and regulation details):
2015 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons
· Archery: September 15-December 15 (ends December 8 in WMU A)
· Youth Deer Weekend: October 24-25, 2015
· Muzzleloader: October 31-November 10, 2015
· Firearms: November 11-December 6, 2015 (ends November 29 in WMU A)
BLACK BEAR: Starts September 1 (end varies by WMU)
GRAY SQUIRREL: September 1-December 31
SNOWSHOE HARE: October 1-March 31 (bag limit varies by WMU)
RUFFED GROUSE: October 1-December 31
MOOSE: October 17-25 (by permit only)
· Shotgun turkey: October 12-16 (certain WMUs)
· Archery turkey: Septemer 15-December 15 (closed in WMU A)
The Digest also summarizes new rules in effect for this hunting season, including a ban on chocolate as bear bait and a prohibition on the use of drones, smart rifles and certain uses of game cameras by hunters.
Need a hunter education class? Don't delay! Register online at huntnh.com/hunting/hunter-ed.html.
Apprentice hunting licenses will again be available during the 2015 season. These licenses provide persons 16 and over who have not yet completed a hunter education course the opportunity to hunt under the guidance of a licensed hunter age 18 or older. This program gives people who may not have grown up with family or friends that hunted, or simply think they would enjoy the experience of being outdoors and learning the skills of hunting, the chance to give it a try. In 2014, a total of 1,353 individuals (944 men and 409 women) took advantage of the apprentice license program, hunting everything from deer to migratory waterfowl. Apprentice licenses are available only at Fish and Game headquarters. Learn more at huntnh.com/hunting/apprentice.html.
Limited-edition 2015 moose hunt shirts are available at www.shopwildnh.com.
N.H. hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online anytime at www.nhfishandgame.com.
So get out and enjoy New Hampshire's big woods, with more than a million acres of public land open to hunting. Find more information about hunting in New Hampshire at huntnh.com/hunting.
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