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Funding the NH Fish and Game Department

Your License Dollars Help Fish and Game Provide Services for Sportsmen and Women

 

Your license dollars help Fish and Game provide sportsmen's services, from the scientific management of our fish and game species, to Hunter Education, boat access programs, and land conservation. We bring you the information you need to make the most of the resource -- regulation digests, fishing and hunting reports, website resources, and workshops to hone your skills on everything from fly-tying to turkey hunting.

 

Our Conservation Officers keep poaching at bay, promote and enforce snowmobile and OHRV safety, and are there to provide rescue services if you get hurt or lost in the woods.

 

We provide access and opportunity: Fish and Game owns 54,000 acres of land, and has 19,000 acres under easement, all open to hunt and fish on. We own and maintain 143 boat ramps to provide access to the state's waters. Six Fish and Game hatcheries put nearly a million trout and salmon into our waters every year. We maintain 105 dams and operate fish ladders and an anadromous fish truck to move river herring up over dams to spawning areas.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department uses revenue from fishing and hunting license fees, federal funds and other sources to accomplish its broad mission of conserving, managing and protecting the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats; informing and educating the public; and providing opportunities for people to use and appreciate these resources.

 

General Funds represent a small part of Fish and Game's budget -- less than 3%. The Department relies upon this State money, along with revenue from license fees, to make up the shortfall in the Fish and Game fund.

 

The Department's FY 16-17 budget included $600,000 per year in General Funds. A total of $1.2 million was transferred to the Fish and Game Fund during the biennium. This was less than the Department received in General Funds during the previous biennium ( ($699,000 for FY 14 and $893,000 for FY 15), but, together with increases in license fee revenue, it kept Fish and Game going.

 

Through HB 212, the Fish and Game Executive Director and the NH Fish and Game Commission were given authority to set hunting and fishing license and permit fees.

 

 

A Legislative Commission to Study Opportunities and Options to Improve the Sustainability of the Fish and Game Department recommended that the Fish and Game Commission be granted authority to set and adjust license fees. It also recommended that some support for Fish and Game come from the General Fund or another revenue source.

 

 

All Citizens Benefit from Fish and Game Services

 

A strong commitment is needed from the public and the Legislature to keep the state's fish and wildlife agency strong and effective. The Department has made a big difference for New Hampshire's wildlife and wild places over the past 150 years.

 

Fish and Game has a broad mandate to conserve wildlife and wild places and provide other services for all New Hampshire citizens. Its budget sustains the full range of habitat and fish and wildlife management tasks, plus conservation education, law enforcement, search and rescue, assessing the impact of development projects on wildlife, and more. All of these functions are essential to ensure that the Department can effectively serve the wildlife and people of New Hampshire.

 

The inclusion of a small amount of General Funds in the Fish and Game budget is an important avenue through which the broader public that benefits from the Department's many services can contribute to its operation. Thanks for your support.