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July 29, 2015
Lots of states now offer lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, but New Hampshire has added a new twist to the concept: The Newborn Lifetime Combination Hunting and Fishing License, along with a nifty little camo outfit for your outdoor tyke! You’ll also read how a poaching case in West Virginia was solved by social networking participants in less than an hour, and much more!
Starting Them Young
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department now offers the best baby gift ever for the enthusiastic outdoors family: The Newborn Lifetime Combination Hunting and Fishing License!
For a one-time price of $300, (plus $4.50 for habitat and agent fees), a gift certificate is issued for the newborn’s combo license. The holder of the certificate, upon reaching the age of 16, will redeem certificate for his or her lifetime New Hampshire freshwater fishing license and (upon completion of the Hunter Education requirement) a lifetime hunting license.
The agency thinks the promotion offers an excellent opportunity to provide children less than 1 year of age, and current New Hampshire residents, with perpetual future access to the state’s hunting and freshwater fishing adventures at the one-time price.
We couldn’t agree more.
In addition, specially designed New Hampshire Fish and Game camo-themed “onesies” in sizes 6-months and 12-months, may be purchased separately, and make a great gift to be presented with the certificate.
Purchase of a Newborn Lifetime Combination Hunting and Fishing License gift certificate can be made only at the Fish and Game’s headquarters office in Concord, N.H., or by mail. The applications are available on the Fish and Game website at www.wildnh.com/licensing/forms.html.
Proceeds from the Newborn Lifetime Combination Hunting and Fishing License sales will go to a special trust fund, helping to ensure that healthy fish and wildlife resources and opportunities for outdoor recreation will be around for future generations.
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West Virginia Facebook Users Help Solve Deer-Poaching Case in Minutes
The West Virginia Natural Resources Police were able to solve a deer poaching case in less than an hour July 2, thanks to help from Facebook users.
The agency reports that three images originally posted to the social media network SnapChat showed a dead deer in a creek with a trail of bright red blood flowing downstream, the back of a man walking away in a field with the caption “we out hereeee!” and a woman aiming a long-barreled firearm at the camera with the caption “poaching.” Officer John Casto, who manages the NRP’s Facebook page, posted all three images and asked the public for help identifying the individuals.
“Within an hour we had the individuals’ names,” Officer Casto said. “Within two hours the woman contacted us. She asked that her photo be taken down, and since she was cooperating with the investigation, we did.”
The Natural Resources Police received the images from an anonymous tipster. Posts to SnapChat are sent to a controlled list of recipients and disappear after one to 10 seconds. However, any recipient can take a screenshot of a SnapChat post, making it a regular photo. Someone shared the screenshots on Facebook, and someone else who saw them sent the tip via Facebook.
“We’ve been impressed with how we’ve been able to solve crimes with the public’s help,” said Col. Jerry Jenkins said. “(Facebook) has become a valuable tool for us to gather information about crimes and suspects. It shows how deeply the community of hunting and fishing enthusiasts in West Virginia cares about protecting wildlife and enforcing laws.”
Concealed Carry Permits Soar, Gun Crime Decreases
The number of concealed carry handgun permits has skyrocketed in recent years, while murder rates have fallen, according to a new report released last week.
Since 2007, the number of concealed handgun permits has nearly tripled, from 4.6 million to over 12.8 million, and murder rates have fallen from 5.6 killings per 100,000 people to just 4.2, reflecting about a 25 percent decrease, according to the report from the Crime Prevention Research Center.
“It puts the lie to the myth promulgated by anti-gun individuals that somehow more law-abiding citizens carrying guns will lead to more crime. In fact, quite the opposite is the case,” said Larry Keene, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). “More law-abiding citizens own firearms for self-protection, and crime continues to decline.”
Last year alone, more than 1.7 million new permits were issued — a 15.4 percent increase over 2013, and the largest such single-year increase in history, according to the report from the center led by President John R. Lott and research director John E. Whitley.
Arizona Big Game Super Raffle Nets Record $598,400 For Wildlife
Winners of the 10th annual “Arizona Big Game Super Raffle” unique fund-raising event were announced last week during a Sportsmen’s Open Forum at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters.
With special hunt permit-tags, Swarovski optics package, and a New Mexico elk hunt among the prizes offered, a record $598,400 was raised for Arizona wildlife conservation, topping $557,320 in 2007. The prizes included a total of 10 Special Big Game Tags, one for each of the state’s big game species – bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, buffalo, turkey, bear, javelina, and mountain lion.
In the 10-year history of the raffle, almost $5 million has been raised for wildlife and wildlife management in Arizona. The raffle is conducted by a non-profit entity, with a volunteer board of directors, comprised of representatives from sponsoring organizations.
Every dollar raised for each species through the raffle is returned to the department and managed by the Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee (AHPC) for that particular species. With input from local habitat partners across the state and sponsoring organizations involved in the fundraising, project priorities are determined that will provide the most benefit to each species.
Quote of the Week
“Forever old and forever new, a sunrise is always and never the same.
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J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear in numerous national publications. He offers his unique perspective of the outdoors weekly for sportsmansguide.com. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.