CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This holiday season, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has some advice for hunters, fishermen, and wildlife watchers: Thank a landowner who shares their property with you.
More than 70 percent of land in New Hampshire is privately owned, the department said. Landowners could be a farmer allowing people to walk through their fields to access a fishing spot; someone who gives a hunter permission to hunt in their woodlot; or a neighbor who lets someone snowmobile through their property.
The department suggests a few ways to say thanks include visiting the landowner at the end of the season to express appreciation; send a note, card or gift basket; help protect their property by documenting and reporting suspicious activities; and offer to help with outdoor tasks or cleanup.
The department, which has a landowner relations program, said the tradition of hunting in the state will only continue if people follow the basic principle of landowner relations: Treat the landowner as you would like to be treated and treat their land as you would like yours to be treated.