Concord, NH – Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department booth at several upcoming events:

ROCKINGHAME HUNTING & FISHING EXPO:

Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8, 2012, at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H. Visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game booth to buy your 2012 New Hampshire hunting and fishing licenses and meet Dave Genz, the father of the modern ice-fishing system. Genz hails from northern Minnesota and is a big fan of fishing in New Hampshire. He will present at the show on Saturday, January 7, at 10:30 a.m. and will spend his free time at the Fish and Game booth. The new 2012 New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife calendar and the popular “Best of Warden’s Watch” book will be for sale. The expo features many local and national outdoor products and services, as well as hunting and fishing seminars. Visit http://www.rockinghamexpo.com.

NEW HAMPSHIRE FARM & FOREST EXPOSITION:

Friday and Saturday, February 3-4, 2012, at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire (700 Elm Street) in Manchester, NH. Since 1984, “New Hampshire’s Greatest Winter Fair” has offered commercial exhibits, educational sessions, student and exhibitor demonstrations, animals, an auction and activities for all ages! Stop by the N.H. Fish and Game booth to enjoy our wildlife exhibit and learn how to make connections with wildlife in your own backyard. For information and directions, visit: http://www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org.

GREAT MEREDITH ROTARY ICE FISHING DERBY:

Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, 2012. The derby brings anglers to New Hampshire from all over the country in hopes of snagging the heaviest tagged rainbow trout and claiming the grand prize. The Meredith Rotary Club, in consultation with the N.H. Fish and Game Department as part of an ongoing fisheries management plan, stocks tagged fish in several New Hampshire lakes for this event. Waters stocked have included Little Squam, Mascoma, Ossipee, Waukewan, Wentworth, Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam. During the derby, N.H. Fish and Game fisheries biologists Don Miller and John Viar will collect valuable fish data at the derby weigh-in. For tickets and information, go to http://www.meredithrotary.com.

Great Meredith Rotary Derby highlights featuring N.H. Fish and Game include free kids’ fishing clinics on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at which Fish and Game’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program presents free hands-on sessions for children and their parents on the basics of ice fishing. Clinics run hourly from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. in the roped-off area directly behind the Meredith Rotary Headquarters trailer on Lake Winnipesaukee. Learn about ice-fishing techniques, including using tip-ups, sounding the hole and operating power augers. Then the kids will fish!

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