Full Statute Name:  Revised Statutes Annotated of the State of New Hampshire. Title XVIII. Fish and Game (Ch. 206 to 215-C). Chapter 207. General Provisions as to Fish and Game. Interference with Hunting, Trapping or Fishing.

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Primary Citation:  N.H. Rev. Stat. § 207:57 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  March, 2016 Alternate Citation:  NH ST § 207:57 Date Adopted:  1989
Summary:

This represents New Hampshire's hunter harassment law. The law provides that no person shall purposely obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping while that individual is in a designated hunting area on public lands. The section does not apply to any incidental interference arising from the lawful and normal activities of public land users. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation.

Statute Text: 


I. No person shall purposely obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping. No person shall purposely obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping. No person shall purposely engage in an activity that will tend to disturb wild animals, with intent to prevent their lawful taking. No person shall use a drone or UAV with the intent to conduct video surveillance of private citizens who are lawfully hunting, fishing, or trapping without obtaining the written consent of the persons being surveilled prior to conducting the surveillance.

I-a. For purposes of this section, “unmanned aerial vehicle” or “UAV” means any device capable of flying in the air which is remotely, automatically, or otherwise piloted without an occupant, including but not limited to, drones.

II. The provisions of paragraph I shall not apply to the actions of law enforcement officers and personnel of the department of fish and game in the performance of their official duties. The provisions of paragraph I shall not apply to any incidental interference arising from the lawful and normal activities of public land users.

III. The executive director shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, to administer this section.

IV. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation.

HISTORY

Source.  1989, 308:1, eff. May 29, 1989.  2015, 38:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2016.

Amendments--2015.  Deleted “while that individual is in a designated hunting area on public lands” following “trapping” in the first sentence, “enter or remain in a designated hunting area on any state lands with the intent to” following “shall” in the second sentence, and added the third and fourth sentences in par. I; inserted par. I-a; and, deleted “and to establish designated hunting areas on public lands, if he finds that a significant interference with or disruption of a hunt is likely to occur on those lands” from the end of par. III.

 

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