Fish and Game Commission meeting will review hunting and trapping rules

Staff Report June 26. 2018 9:32PM

CONCORD — The N.H. Fish and Game Commission will meet on Monday, July 2, to review additional public comments and possibly vote on rules and regulations for wildlife hunting and trapping.

This special meeting has been called to consider public comments received during the rulemaking process on the Wildlife Seasons Biennial Rulemaking package, governing everything from what kind of arrows can be used in bow hunting to how many deer permits will be issued in each wildlife management area.

The rules were initially reviewed by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) on June 15. At that time, the committee found that public comment received to that point had not been adequately considered.

House and Senate lawmakers on the 10-member committee did not take issue with any of the 72 pages of rules, reviewed every other year, but agreed that Fish and Game commissioners were not responsive to public testimony on some of the proposed rules — the fox, coyote and snowshoe hare rules in particular.

A fourth public hearing was held on June 20, with more than 300 people attending.

Since June 15, more than 250 additional written comments have also been received, according to Fish and Game officials.

The commission is expected to review the additional comments and vote on the text of a response to be filed with JLCAR on or before July 5. If that timetable is met, the rules will be brought back to JLCAR on Thursday, July 19, for approval.

The approval is needed to permit certain wildlife hunting or trapping seasons to be set.

The Monday, July 2, meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, and is open to the public.


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