2020 NH Legislation for Wildlife

House Bill 1571 is the 2020 legislation to strengthen and diversify the NH Fish and Game Commission by changing the qualifications needed to serve. It will remove the requirement of holding a hunting, fishing, and/or trapping license for five years of the last ten years. It will also change the nominating process. Now only “sporting clubs” can nominate. This bill will open up the nominating process by allowing other wildlife and conservation groups to nominate.

We need everyone’s help for this bill to pass. Please contact the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources (FGMR) Committee and ask them to support this bill. http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/committeedetails.aspx?id=28 This link will take you to the FGMR Committee and on this page is an email address that will reach each member of the Committee.

Put Support HB 1571 in the subject line.

If you are a constituent for one of these members please write him/her individually. Otherwise write just one email that they will all get. We have learned the hearing will be Feb. 4, 2020 at 2PM. Please attend the hearing too if able and sign in to Support. If you want to testify bring 21 copies of your testimony to pass out to each member. Thank You!

House Bill 1571 FAQ

HB 1571 the bill (3)

If you need any help to understand HB1571 or have any questions please let us know. You can email us any time at voicesofwildlifeinnh@gmail.com 

This little coyote beauty was seen somewhere in NH. Never say where you see one. There is no closed season on coyotes, and the coyote haters are listening.

Coyotes are now killed as a result of year-round hunting, five months of trapping, night hunting using high tech electronic calls that mimic wounded prey, hunting over bait and conducting killing “contests” that target coyotes. To continue this intense killing pressure on a species without some respite is not only ecologically unsound, it is morally repugnant.

NH has two fox species, the white-tipped tail red fox, and the black-tipped tail gray fox. Both species are declining in population in NH, so much so, that the wildlife biologists at Fish and Game recommended in January 2017 to put a limit on how many may be trapped. The trappers complained to the Fish and Game Commissioners and the Commissioners listened to the trapper’s opinions rather than to the science the biologists presented to them. Trappers can still kill as many foxes as they want during the trapping season.
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