New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

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New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department logo.jpg
Agency overview
Headquarters11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH
Annual budget$27.94M (2016)[1]
Agency executives
  • 11 Commissioners, appointed by the Governor
  • Colonel Kevin Jordan, Law Enforcement Division

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHF&G) is a department within the government of New Hampshire in the United States. The Fish and Game Department manages New Hampshire's fish, game, and aquatic plant resources.


The Department was created in 1865 to both propagate and conserve the state's fish and game.[2][3] The Governor of New Hampshire appoints 11 Fish and Game Commission members; one from each of the state's ten counties, plus one from the Seacoast Region.[4]

The Department maintains four regional offices within the state:[5]

NHF&G Regional Offices
Region Area Headquarters
1 North Country Lancaster
2 Lakes Region and Central NH New Hampton
3 Southeastern NH / Seacoast Durham
4 Southwestern NH Keene

The Department also has a Law Enforcement Division, which operates in six districts across the state. Each district is staffed by a lieutenant, a sergeant, and several Conservation Officers (CO).[6]

NHF&G Law Enforcement Districts
District Countiesdagger Headquarters
1 Coös Lancaster
2 Carroll, Belknap New Hampton
3 Grafton, Sullivan
4 Cheshire, Hillsborough Keene
5 Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford Concord
6 (Seacoast Region) Durham

dagger Districts do not exactly align to county boundaries.

Wild Life Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire[edit]

In 2006, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire was formed due to falling revenues from the Fish & Game Department's licenses for hunting and fishing.[7] The foundation works with and supports the Fish and Game Department on projects and events which otherwise could not be funded. The foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.[7]

Since 2017, Conservation Officers within the Fish and Game Department have been featured on the Animal Planet reality program North Woods Law.[8] The production company for the series makes a $2,000 donation per aired episode to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Big Picture: Fish and Game Budget". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Historical note", Fish and Game in A Brief History of New Hampshire, New Hampshire State Library
  3. ^ "Celebrate 150 Years". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "NH Fish and Game Commission". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Regional Offices". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Contact a Conservation Officer". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "About Us". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Brooks, David (February 13, 2017). "'North Woods Law' New Hampshire program to start March 5". Concord Monitor. Concord, New Hampshire. Retrieved July 14, 2017.

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