August 13, 2022

New Hampshire Grouse Hunters Could Win Beretta Shotgun

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are looking for grouse hunters to participate in a wing and tail survey. Last year the Fish and Game began a study of partridge wings and tails. Information that is collected from these samples help biologists collect data such as age, sex and distribution.

Once again this year, biologists are asking for volunteers to participate in the collection of wings and tails. Hunters can pick up sample packets at participating locations. They are listed below.

Each sample should contain only one wing and one tail plus the completed survey card. Samples should have all tissue remove and the wing and tail should dry for several days. Officials ask that hunters NOT place samples in any kind of plastic.

For each usuable sample the department collects, you will be given a chance at a random drawing for a Beretta Urika Semi-Auto, 20-gauge shotgun – retail value $1,050. The gun was donated by the Ruffed Grouse Society.

Sample packets can be picked up and dropped off at one of these locations.

1) Region 1 Fish and Game office, Lancaster NH 03584 (open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
2) Yesterday’s Country Store, 1156 West Milan Road, Milan, NH 03588 (Store hours: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily)
3) Wildcat Service Station, Jackson, NH 03846 (Store hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily)
4) Errol General Store, 76 Main Street, Errol, NH 03579 (Store hours: Monday-Thursday 5 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Friday 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.)
5) Emerson’s Outdoor Outfitters, 149 State Street, Groveton, NH 03582 (Store hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily)
6) Young’s General Store, 2792 North Main Street, Pittsburg, NH 03592 (Store hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

Questions about the wing and tail survey should be directed to the project leader, Julie Robinson at 603-868-1095. Julie says the samples collected are valuable.

“Hunters participation is key to our success,” said Robinson. “The samples that we collect will give us age, sex and distribution data on this premiere game bird and in so doing, help us to determine grouse management needs.”

Grouse hunters who choose not to participate in the wing and tail survey can help out in another way. Fish and Game officials are asking anyone who is interested to pick up a Small Game Survey Form and return it to them. All participants in this part of the survey will be eligible for a drawing of a 10-22 RR rifle donated by the Sturm Ruger Company.

Hunters can request a survey form by calling 603-271-2461 or go online and email them at Wildlife Division

Tom Remington