New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Meeting | June 13, 2018

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Meeting Notes

New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission meeting from 6/13/18. New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission members are appointed by the Governor in consultation with the NH Executive Council. There are 11 members, one from each county in the state, plus one representing the coastal area. Commission meetings are regularly scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month, 1:00 p.m., at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, NH. This meeting was held at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Road, Holderness, NH 03245


Commission members: Barry Carr, Strafford County, Fred Clews, Jr, Coastal, Christopher Hodgdon, Merrimack County, Todd Baldwin, Grafton County, Eric G. Stohl, Coos County, Walter Morse, Hillsborough County, John W. McGonagle, Belknap County, James W. Ryan, Rockingham County, David Patch, Carroll County, Bruce Temple, Sullivan County, Robert Phillipson, Cheshire County, Paul Mcinnis, Seacoast.


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0:00:01

Pledge of Allegiance; Call to order at 1:00 pm: Carr, Morse; Ernest; Temple; Phillipson; Hodgdon; McInnis; Millette;


0:00:22

Moment of silence for Ellis Hatch;


0:01:28

MOTION:M-Carr To accept the May 9, 2018 meeting minutes 2nd-Stohl V8-0


0:02:23

MOTION: M-Hodgon 2a.) Request approval to accept the donation of $100.00 in memory of their Uncle, Russell Mardin Sr., from Linda Mrozinski, Carol Sparks, Lori-An Cyr, Andrea Harrington, all from the State of Massachusetts, to be utilized by the Twin Mountain Fish Hatchery. 2b.) Request approval to accept two donations as specified below, totaling $205.00, to be utilized by the Hunter Education Program: (N. Whitley) Proctor Academy, Andover, NH - $200.00 Sarah & Michael Proulx, Auburn, NH - $5.00 2c.) Request approval to accept the donation of $400.00 from Mary-Anne Irish, Hooksett, NH, in memory of Richard May, to be utilized by the Let’s Go Fishing Program. (N. Whitley) 2d.) Request approval to accept the donation of $35.00 from Paul & Joanne Ouellette, Windham, NH, to be deposited into the Small Gifts & Donations Account. (G. Normandeau) 2e.) Request approval to accept 6 metal detectors with headphones, 1 per District, from the nonprofit Operation Game Thief, valued at approximately $2,350.00. (K. Jordan) 2f.) Request approval to accept two donations as specified below, totaling $300.00, in memory of Albert Midgley, to be deposited into the Small Gifts & Donations Account: (N. Whitley) Reeds Ferry Small Building, Inc., Hudson, NH - $250.00 Steven & Laurie Blanchette, Hudson, NH - $50.00 3.) Request approval to accept the donation of up to $2,000 from the Basil W. Woods, Jr., Chapter of Trout Unlimited, to hire a seasonal laborer to perform brook trout habitat surveys and population assessments on various streams in the Warner River Watershed. 2nd-McInnis V8-0


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MOTION:M-Carr Request approval to accept the donation of up to $2,000 from the Basil W. Woods, Jr., Chapter of Trout Unlimited, to hire a seasonal laborer to perform brook trout habitat surveys and population assessments on various streams in the Warner River Watershed. (J. Smith) 2nd-Morse V8-0


0:10:16

MOTION: M-Stohl Update & approval to proceed with proposed rule changes regarding fishing tournament permit issuance & fees, freshwater baitfish dealers and the Department’s Trophy Fish Program. (J. Smith) 2nd-Morse-Discussion increase or decrease revenue for NHFG V8-0


0:23:27

MOTION: M-Morse Vote on Commission slate of officers. 2nd-Millette V8-0


0:24:41

Financial Statement update: (K. LaBonte)


0:27:55

Overview of future request to expend up to $500,000 from the Wildlife Habitat Account for the purchase of 3,181 acres referred to as the Ruger properties, located in Sullivan County. (J. Oehler)


0:38:45

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0:44:24

MOTION: M-Morse To waive the $750.00 Fish and Game Commission fee 2nd-Carr-Discussion Waste disposal areas. V8-0


0:46:28

Action item discussion regarding the purchase of 3,181 acres located in Sullivan County:


0:50:12

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0:51:43

MOTION: M-Morse to expend up to $500,000 from the Wildlife Habitat Account for the purchase of 3,181 acres referred to as the Ruger properties, located in Sullivan County. 2nd-Millette V8-0


0:52:30

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Carr, Chair; Commissioners: Millette & Temple.


0:54:43

MOTION: M-Morse To reaffirm Fish and Game Commission resolution of purpose 2nd-McInnis V8-0


0:55:29

MOTION: M-Morse To adjust the handbook and change the Fish and Game Commission regular meeting time. 2nd Wednesday of the month. 2nd-Millette V8-0


0:57:15

MOTION: M-Hodgdon To forego the scheduled meeting in July 2018 2nd-Stohl V8-0


0:58:55

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE: Commissioner Hodgdon, Chair; Commissioners: Temple & Baldwin.


0:59:37

WILDLIFE HERITAGE FOUNDATION: Commissioner Hodgdon.


1:02:18

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Paul Sanderson:


1:09:11

MOTION: M-Stohl To schedule the next Commission meeting at Berry Camp. 2nd-Carr-Discussion location; space; if possible;
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1:11:55

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS: Berry camp hatchery; Lt. Saunders retirement;


1:14:35

DIRECTOR’S REPORT:


1:18:09

CALL TO THE PUBLIC: Wildlife corridor creation related to the 3,181 acre purchase.


1:19:52

CALL TO THE PUBLIC: NH Trappers Association;


1:22:54

CALL TO THE PUBLIC: Colbrook Trapper; Fox trapping; Bagging limit; Trapping canines; Limits versus season length;


1:31:59

CALL TO THE PUBLIC: Collection of trapping information; Bag limits versus season length; Scientific process; JCAR; Joint Committee on Administrative Rule making; Transparency of process;


1:42:30

MOTION: M-Stohl To adjourn 2:42 pm
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