Fish stories: Celebrating our NH Fish & Game sesquicentennial

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Screenshot 2015-10-18 at 11.28.48 PMCONCORD, NH – Thanks to the work of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department over the past century and a half, today’s outdoor enthusiasts are able to enjoy healthy wildlife populations, fish to catch, open land and access to public waters – resources that contribute to a healthy economy and a high-quality lifestyle.

Happy sesquicentennial to us.

Screenshot 2015-10-18 at 11.26.04 PMAs part of the celebration, which is winding down now, noted New Hampshire author Jack Noon will give a free talk about Fish and Game history on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, in Concord.

The talk is a great chance to explore the sweep of history that has occurred since the first Fish and Game Commission was established in New Hampshire in 1865. The Legislature took this action because fish and wildlife were disappearing – or completely gone, as was the case with our wild turkeys – from many parts of New Hampshire.  In 2015, the Department celebrates 150 years of making a difference for natural resources in the state.

The session is also an opportunity to view the Department’s 150th Anniversary photography exhibit, with historical images depicting Fish and Game work and hunting and fishing photographs from the 1800s through the present. Presented on the lower level of Department, the exhibit is open during business hours (weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.) as well as special events such as the Oct. 21 history talk.

Screenshot 2015-10-18 at 11.43.11 PMJack Noon has written two books about New Hampshire’s historical fisheries – one about the introduction of black bass to the state (The Bassing of New Hampshire); the other explores four centuries of fishing history in the Granite State (Fishing in New Hampshire). For the past two years he has been working on a book about the state’s fish and wildlife history and the role the Fish and Game Department has played for 150 years. Noon has also been a longtime volunteer for the Fisheries Division.

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