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Silvio O Conte NFWR Releases Hunting and Fishing Plant For New Hampshire and Vermont

The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge’s final hunting and fishing plan for New Hampshire and Vermont was released on September 1st, 2021. The document has been published in the final 2021-2022 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations in the Federal Register. The fifteen-year plan expands hunting and fishing opportunities across the wildlife refuge in both states. The expansion includes hunting of coot, muskrat, opossum, pheasant, porcupine, skunk, snipe and weasel. In addition, hunting with a pistol is now allowed (consistent with State regulations). The final hunting and fishing plan more closely aligns the refuge's regulations with respective state regulations than the previous plan.

Three minor changes were made to the plan:  

(1) We allow the use of dogs consistent with State regulations, except hunters using three or more dogs must possess a Special Use Permit.  

(2) We allow the training of dogs consistent with State regulations from August 1 through the last Saturday in September during daylight hours, if the trainer possesses a Special Use Permit. 

(3) At the Putney Mountain Unit, we allow the use of dogs only for hunting ruffed grouse. 

A summary of all substantive comments, and our responses, can be found in Appendix E (Finding of No Significant Impact).  During the 83-day public comment period, 711 comment letters were received from the public. We are grateful to the people who provided meaningful comments on the draft, which helped in developing the final plan.    

Some comments reflected an opposition to hunting and fishing in general and in particular on NWR lands. We understand and respect this viewpoint. The legislation which guides how national wildlife refuges across the country are managed not only requires us to consider allowing wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, photography, environmental education, and interpretation, but further directs us to promote these activities when compatible with refuge purposes. Not one of these recreational uses have a priority over another – they are simply different ways people choose to enjoy the refuges and to engage themselves, their families, and their friends in the outdoors.  

 

Read Conte's Hunt Plan for New Hampshire and Vermont 

Hunting and Fishing at the Refuge in Vermont

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Hunting and Fishing at the Refuge in New Hampshire

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 Hunting and Fishing at the Refuge in Connecticut

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Hunting and Fishing at the Refuge in Massachusetts

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