Conservation Officers received information on the morning of September 10 through Operation Game Thief regarding the illegal shooting of a black bear in southern Grafton County. Through investigation, the shooter was identified and it was learned that the bear was shot several days earlier during night hours. Charges are pending, and a hearty thanks goes out to concerned citizens who witness wildlife crimes and use the Operation Game Thief system.
Conservation Officer Rob McDermott received an OGT tip from a concerned angler that a person had been fishing Archery Pond in Allenstown early mornings and taking more than the two fish limit. On September 8th, CO McDermott arrived at the pond around sunrise and the described suspect was already fishing. The CO took a position in the woods and conducted surveillance on the suspect. Shortly after the CO’s arrival, the suspect began to pick up to leave. CO McDermott approached the suspect and while checking his fishing license the CO found that the suspect had 12 Brook Trout over the limit. Archery Pond is fly fishing only and is a handicapped accessible pond.
Operation Game Thief’s Board of Directors has been working with NHFG’s Law Enforcement, Fisheries and Public Affairs divisions to produce some new signs. The goal was to focus some attention to report potential angling crimes that might occur in the state’s water bodies.
After several meetings the decision was made to update a number of signs that have specific rules connected to a waterbody. The tag line See Something Fishy? was developed. Fly Fishing Only and Ponds with size limits as well as seasonal rules were chosen. We also created a new Report Wildlife Crime sign that can be used throughout the state.
Each of the signs includes important information on how and where to report a potential wildlife crime. Individuals can report by calling 1-800-344-4262 or online at www.wildnh.com/OGT as well as to www.nhogt.org
Over the past few months we have had a number of people reporting poaching or other unlawful activity on waterbodies.
Look for our new signs and if you See Something Fishy, we encourage you to report it.