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Revised Statutes Annotated of the State of New Hampshire. Title XVIII. Fish and Game (Ch. 206 to 215-C). Chapter 209. Game Birds; Pigeons.

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Citation: N.H. Rev. Stat. 209:1 - 209:13

Citation: NH ST 209:1 - 209:13


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 02/2014

Summary:  

New Hampshire prohibits the hunting, capturing, killing, or possession of any bald or golden eagle or disturbing eagle nests and young.  For discussion of federal Eagle Act, see Detailed Discussion.



Statute in Full:

209:1 Grouse, Woodcock; Snipe.

209:2 Pheasants.

209:3 Closed Season on.

209:4 No Open Season.

209:4-a Quail.

209:5 Migratory Game Birds.

209:5-a Connecticut River Zone.

209:6 Taking; Federal Duck Stamp Required.

209:6-a Back Channel.

209:6-b Rules Relative to Migratory Birds.

209:7 Pigeons.

209:8 Protected Birds.

209:8-a Exceptions.

209:8-b Back Lake; Pittsburg.

209:9 Golden and Bald Eagles.

209:10 Nests.

209:11 Trapping, Etc.

209:12 Sale.

209:12-a Wild Turkey.

209:13 Penalties.

 

 


209:1 Grouse, Woodcock; Snipe.

[Repealed 1988, 219:2, VI, eff. Jan. 1, 1989.]


HISTORY

Former RSA 209:1, which was derived from 1935, 124:3; RL 243:1; 1945, 182:1; RSA 209:1; 1955, 30:1; and 1979, 97:2, related to taking and possession of grouse, woodcock and snipe.


209:2 Pheasants.

 [Repealed 1988, 219:2, VII, eff. Jan. 1, 1989.]


HISTORY

Former RSA 209:2, which was derived from 1935, 124:3; 1937, 188:12; 1941, 126:12; RL 243:2; 1945, 42:1; 1947, 129:1; 1953, 204:1; RSA 209:2; 1957, 80:1; 1963, 307:1; 1965, 347:2; 1967, 418:1; 1975, 440:4; and 1983, 47:2, related to taking and possession of pheasants.

 

209:3 Closed Season on.

 [Repealed 1988, 219:2, VIII, eff. Jan. 1, 1989.]


HISTORY

Former RSA 209:3, which was derived from 1949, 296:1; RSA 209:3; and 1975, 63:1, related to closing areas for taking pheasants.

 

209:4 No Open Season.

 There shall be no open season for spruce grouse, upland plover, ptarmigan, and mourning dove (Zenaida macroura).


HISTORY

Source. 1935, 124:3. 1937, 188:14. 1941, 115:1. RL 243:3. 1945, 182:2. RSA 209:4. 1967, 2:1; 170:2. 1971, 574:4. 1975, 41:1. 1977, 459:4. 1988, 155:1. 1999, 28:1. 2005, 11:2, eff. July 2, 2005.

 

209:4-a Quail.

 [Repealed 1988, 219:2, IX, eff. Jan. 1, 1989.]


HISTORY

Former RSA 209:4-a, which was derived from 1967, 170:1, related to taking and possession of quail.

 

209:5 Migratory Game Birds.

 Anatidae or waterfowl, including wild ducks and geese; Rallidae or rails, including coot and gallinules; Limicolae or shore birds, including plover, snipe and yellow legs; and Scolopacidae or woodcock are declared to be migratory game birds.


HISTORY

Source. 1935, 124:3. RL 243:4. 1945, 182:3. RSA 209:5. 1979, 97:1. 1985, 42:2. 1988, 155:2, eff. June 21, 1988.

 

209:5-a Connecticut River Zone.

I. A person holding a Vermont resident hunting license which allows the taking of migratory waterfowl and coots, may take migratory game birds, as provided in RSA 209:5, except woodcock and snipe, from the Connecticut River zone, provided the state of Vermont grants the same right to a person holding a New Hampshire resident hunting license and waterfowl license which allows the taking of migratory game birds in the Connecticut River zone in Vermont pursuant to Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 10, sec. 4909.

II. The Connecticut River zone in New Hampshire shall include that portion of New Hampshire lying west of the line defined by New Hampshire Route 63 from the Massachusetts border north to Route 12; Route 12 north to Route 12-A; Route 12-A north to Route 10; Route 10 north to Route 135; Route 135 north to U.S. Route 3; U.S. Route 3 north to the intersection with the Connecticut River.

HISTORY

 Source. 2003, 26:1. 2007, 298:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2008.

 

209:6 Taking; Federal Duck Stamp Required.

I. No person shall hunt, capture, kill, take, possess, buy or sell any migratory game bird or part thereof, except during such time and in such manner and numbers as may be prescribed by regulations promulgated under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, an act of Congress approved July 3, 1918, which regulations are hereby made a part of the game law of the state.

II. No person who has attained the age of 16 years shall take any migratory waterfowl (brant, wild ducks, geese and swans) unless at the time of such taking he has on his person an unexpired federal migratory bird stamp (commonly called a duck stamp) validated by his signature written across the face of said stamp in ink. A person who has not attained the age of 16 years is not required to have a duck stamp. Said duck stamp shall be required in addition to a valid New Hampshire hunting license obtained pursuant to RSA 214:1. Regulations promulgated under the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act of 1934 are hereby made a part of the game law of the state.

HISTORY

Source. 1935, 124:3. RL 243:5. RSA 209:6. 1975, 39:1, eff. May 16, 1975.

 

209:6-a Back Channel.

The area known as Back Channel, a body of tidal waters between the 2 New Castle bridges, so-called, and Goat Island and Shapliegh Island to the north; and the Wentworth hotel bridges, so-called, to the south; said body of water being bordered by the town of New Castle to the east; and Sagamore Creek to the Sagamore bridge, the city of Portsmouth and the town of Rye to the west; is closed to all duck hunting or the discharge of firearms. This section shall apply to all islands situated within the above stated boundaries.

HISTORY

Source. 1973, 472:1, eff. Aug. 29, 1973.

 

209:6-b Rules Relative to Migratory Birds.

I. The fish and game department shall be exempt from the provisions of RSA 541-A when setting the seasons and bag limits for migratory birds as permitted in RSA 209:6 when federal regulations require that a rule be adopted sooner than permitted by RSA 541-A. Such rules may be adopted after whatever notice and hearing the agency finds to be practicable. The agency shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that such rules are made known to persons who may be affected by them.

II. Rules adopted under this section shall be filed with the director of legislative services and with the legislative committee on administrative rules.


HISTORY

Source. 1985, 251:3, eff. June 7, 1985.

 

209:7 Pigeons.

No person shall take or interfere with any Antwerp or homing pigeon having the name of its owner stamped upon its wing or tail, or wearing a ring or leg band with its registered number stamped thereon, or any other distinguishing mark; nor shall any person remove such distinguishing mark from any such pigeon.


HISTORY

Source. 1935, 124:3. RL 243:11.

 

209:8 Protected Birds.

No person shall hunt, capture, kill, take, possess, buy, or sell any protected bird or part thereof.


HISTORY

Source. 1935, 124:3. RL 243:6.

 

209:8-a Exceptions.

A depredation permit is required before any person may kill migratory birds for depredation control purposes. Depredation permit applications for depredation permits shall be submitted to the executive director of the fish and game department and the appropriate special agent in charge, U.S. fish and wildlife service. Any person may take protected birds for educational or scientific purposes provided such person shall first obtain a written permit from the executive director of fish and game for such purpose. Such permit shall be in such form as the executive director of fish and game shall prescribe and may be suspended or revoked by him at any time. The provisions of RSA 214:30 to 33 inclusive shall apply to the permits granted under the provisions of this section.


HISTORY

Source. 1959, 72:2. 1977, 247:12, eff. Aug. 19, 1977.

 

 209:8-b Back Lake; Pittsburg.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of the law to the contrary, the hunting of wild birds upon or within 50 feet inland from the shoreline of Back Lake in the town of Pittsburg is hereby prohibited.


HISTORY

Source. 1973, 173:1, eff. July 27, 1973.

 

209:9 Golden and Bald Eagles.

No person shall hunt, capture, kill, take, or possess any golden or bald eagle and no person shall molest or disturb the nest or young of any of said birds.

HISTORY

Source. 1939, 216:2. RL 243:7. RSA 209:9. 1977, 588:36, eff. Sept. 16, 1977.

 

209:10 Nests.

No person shall take, or have in possession or under control, or wantonly interfere with or destroy, any nest or eggs of any game birds or protected birds.


HISTORY

Source. 1935, 124:3. RL 243:8.

 

209:11 Trapping, Etc.

No wild bird or bird for which a closed season is provided shall be trapped or snared or, if so taken, possessed. Any trap, snare, or other device in which any bird may be taken is declared to be a public nuisance, and may be summarily destroyed or abated by any person. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the setting of a trap on a pole for the purpose of taking unprotected birds under a permit issued by the executive director.


HISTORY

Source. 1935, 124:3. RL 243:9.

Revision note. Substituted “executive director” for “director” pursuant to RSA 206:8, II.

 

209:12 Sale.

The dead bodies of birds for which a closed season is provided shall not be sold, offered for sale, or possessed for sale, within this state, whether taken within or without the state, except as permitted to duly authorized game breeders.

HISTORY

Source. 1935, 124:3. RL 243:10.

 

209:12-a Wild Turkey.

I. The executive director shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:

(a) Establishing seasons and bag limits, and issuing wild turkey permits.

(b) Establishing registration stations and registration agent fees for wild turkey.

(c) Specifying the methods for taking and registering wild turkeys.

(d) The enhancement, protection, and propagation of wild turkeys.

II. No person shall possess at any time any wild turkey, or part thereof, which has not been legally registered pursuant to this section. This paragraph shall not apply to the possession of a wild turkey between the time a person kills it and the time the wild turkey is presented at a registration station.

III. In addition to wild turkey licenses and permits issued under RSA 214:9, XI, the executive director, with the consent of the commission, may adopt rules under RSA 541-A, relative to issuing permits for a special season for wild turkey, including bag limits, fees for applications and permits, and the establishment of a lottery for awarding the special permits.

HISTORY

Source. 1977, 459:1. 1979, 54:1. 1997, 9:3. 2005, 143:2, eff. July 1, 2005.


Amendments--2005. Paragraph III: Added.


--1997. Amended section generally.


--1979. Paragraph III: Added.

 

209:13 Penalties.

Any person who violates any provision of RSA 209 shall be guilty of a violation.

HISTORY

Source. 1935, 124:3. RL 243:13. RSA 209:13. 1973, 531:51, eff. Oct. 31, 1973 at 11:59 p.m.


 



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