Grey squirrels are on the menu right now.
CONCORD - Small game hunting season for gray squirrel has been under way since the beginning of the month and more game hunts begin in October.
The late-summer seasons give hunters a nice opportunity to get out and hunt in comfortable weather and are a great way to introduce a youngster to hunting skills. On October 1 ruffed grouse, woodcock and snowshoe hare seasons open, and all are exciting to hunt and make excellent table fare.
Small game hunters will want to check out the newly published New Hampshire Small Game Summary, which presents final data from the Small Game Hunter Survey and the Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail Survey, both conducted by the NH Fish and Game Department each year.
While the report covers a variety of small game species, the primary focus is on New Hampshire's two most sought-after small game species: ruffed grouse and woodcock. The report addresses long-term trends for grouse observation rates and breeding surveys for grouse (drumming) and woodcock (singing ground). Ruffed grouse were the most popular small game species in New Hampshire last season, accounting for 64% of hunter hours, while woodcock accounted for 22% of hunter effort. Other species of interest included snowshoe hare and gray squirrel.
"With a better understanding of small game populations, we hope to achieve improved management and provide enhanced opportunities for public enjoyment of New Hampshire's small game species," writes Small Game Project Leader Karen Bordeau.