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Region 4 Office

Serving Southwestern New Hampshire


When visiting the Region IV office, please call ahead. Seasonal field studies and staff vacations may render the office unstaffed through Friday, August 2. Please call ahead before visiting to ensure the building will be open.

NH Fish and Game serves southwestern New Hampshire through its Region 4 office in Keene, which houses members of the Department's Inland Fisheries, Wildlife and Law Enforcement Divisions. Regional staff provide many critical services that help make this part of the state such a great place to live, work and play. By managing and protecting our state's fish, wildlife and natural places, they contribute to the region's high quality of life. Tourists, including hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers, who visit southwestern New Hampshire because of these resources, provide significant support for our local businesses. Following are just a few of the services provided in the southwestern region by your state Fish and Game Department:


Around 160,000 catchable-size trout are stocked in southwestern New Hampshire waters each year to provide excellent fishing opportunities. The majority of these trout are raised here in the region at the Milford State Fish Hatchery. Biologists work with conservation partner organizations such as the N.H. Department of Environmental Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and many local watershed and lake associations to ensure the continued integrity of our fisheries resources in places such as the Ashuelot, Cold and Connecticut rivers. Fisheries staff are working to help restore the fish and fisheries habitat of the Cold River watershed after the flood of 2005.


Region 4 Fisheries biologists conduct coldwater fish surveys in lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams to sustain and improve fish populations and to expand or decrease trout stocking, when appropriate. Regional biologists also conduct warmwater fish surveys on lakes, ponds, and rivers for species like bass, walleye, and black crappie in the region and statewide to ensure that these excellent fisheries are maintained.


Southwestern New Hampshire boasts a large portion of the state's wild turkey population (the successful reintroduction of these birds started here as well), and Wildlife biologists conduct summer and winter surveys each year to determine population status, assess their relationship with farms in the Connecticut River Valley, and regulate hunting for spring and fall seasons. Wildlife programs are particularly important to the residents and sportsmen and women of this region because of the growing number of moose, deer, and bear in our area, and the need to annually census these populations and manage their hunting seasons.


Fish and Game staff work to alleviate wildlife/human conflicts, which are on the rise in southwestern New Hampshire because of increased development in many area towns. Wildlife biologists manage and monitor important wildlife habitats, such as deer wintering areas, and offer wildlife damage assistance to local farmers and orchard owners. We also protect the public by helping to monitor for wildlife-related diseases such as rabies, Chronic Wasting Disease and Avian Influenza.


Fish and Game Conservation Officers reinforce public safety in the region by enforcing fish and wildlife rules and regulations, as well as boating and Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) rules. They also have general criminal arrest powers. Fish and Game Law Enforcement staff helps mitigate many landowner/OHRV issues, provides the public with technical information and transports animals suspected of exposure to rabies for testing.


Each year, Fish and Game COs conduct many searches to rescue injured hikers, lost children, Alzheimer patients and accident victims in remote locations. Officers also conduct dive missions for drowning victims and retrieve evidence of crimes for other state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.


Staff in Fish and Game's regional office in Keene help inform the public each day by answering numerous inquiries about animals, wildlife diseases, problems with nuisance wildlife and road-killed animals, explaining fishing and hunting laws and where to hunt and fish. Staff also make presentations to local schools, outdoor clubs and lake associations, provide technical assistance to various groups and members of the public and sell hunting and fishing licenses.


The real New Hampshire advantage is our abundant natural resources -- the wildlife and wild lands that contribute so much to our high quality of life. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, a complex organization with an ever-expanding set of duties and mandates that benefit all New Hampshire's citizens, is an important steward of these resources in southwestern New Hampshire.


Region 4 (Southwest NH) contact information:

15 Ash Brook Court, Keene, NH 03431

Phone: (603) 352-9669

Fax: (603) 352-8798