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Ruffed grouse, woodcock most popular for small game hunters

August 29, 2021 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ruffed grouse and woodcock remain the two most popular small game species hunted in New Hampshire, according to a Fish and Game Department report.

The annual report looks at long-term trends for observation rates and breeding surveys for both grouse and woodcock.

Other species of interest to small game hunters include snowshoe hare and gray squirrel, the annual report said.

Small game hunters are encouraged to fill out a survey to help with next year’s report. Grouse hunters can participate in the Wing and Tail Survey by picking up grouse sample packets from participating locations.

Small game hunting season for gray squirrel starts on Sept. 1. Hunting for ruffed grouse, woodcock and snowshoe hare starts on Oct. 1.