Educational Sessions Coincide with Start of Hunting Season
With deer hunting season getting into full swing here in New Hampshire, the state Fish and Game Department is presenting a series of talks on the topic.
The talks, which started this Wednesday with Deer Hunting Basics, continue over the next four Wednesdays. All of the talks are free and take place at Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. Each begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free; there’s no need to pre-register, but be sure to get there early to make sure you can get a seat. You can find the full schedule of topics here.
Kent Gustafson, the Wildlife Program Supervisor at Fish and Game, said educational programs like these are valuable for experienced hunters and novices alike.
“Most people who hunt learn it from family or friends, but there’s always more to learn,” he said. “Things are changing all the time, given the changes in techniques, and keeping up with that is tough. Even an experienced hunter can learn a lot.”
The upcoming classes include a wide variety of information, ranging from techniques and tactics to wild game recipes.
“It’s an opportunity for folks to come in and learn things they’d probably never learn and try techniques they’d probably never try,” Gustafson said.
Approximately 60,000 people purchase hunting licenses each year, and Gustafson said those hunters are key to wildlife management.
“Hunters are the one tool that works efficiently and effectively to keep deer numbers, for example, under control,” he said.
Without any management, he said, deer populations can swell and cause problems. Fish and Game limits the amount of deer that can be taken by hunters each year, and requires that hunters bring the deer into a registration station where it can be measured; that information is used when studying the state’s deer herd.
Archery season runs through Dec. 15; muzzle loader season runs Nov. 1-11; open firearms season runs from Nov. 12-Dec. 7. You can find lots of information on deer hunting in New Hampshire on the Fish and Game website.