Bobcat hunting season hearing planned

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed rules to establish a bobcat hunting and trapping season at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in Representatives Hall at the Statehouse.

The Fish and Game Commission is proposing to issue a total of 50 bobcat permits through a lottery process. The timing and attributes of the draft season would be similar to New Hampshire’s fisher season, with December trapping and January hunting. If adopted, the proposal would take effect in December.

All of New Hampshire’s neighboring states and provinces – Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Quebec – have bobcat seasons, although none limit their take using a permit system as proposed by Fish and Game.

For more information about New Hampshire’s bobcat research and other related findings, visit www.wildnh.com/wildlife/profiles/bobcat.html#research.

The complete rulemaking notice, with proposed rule language for this proposal, can be viewed at www.wildnh.com/legislative/proposed-rules.html.

Written comments must be received by the department by Wednesday, Feb. 10. Send comments to comments@wildlife.nh.gov (use the rule name in your subject line); write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to 271-5829.

For answers to some common questions about New Hampshire’s bobcat season proposal, visit www.wildnh.com/wildlife/bobcat-season-proposal.html#faqs.