New NH group buys hunting licenses for veterans in need



Monitor staff
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Veterans who like to hunt and fish but have trouble affording a license have a new place to seek help.

Using funds from a national group called the Quality Deer Management Association, the recently created New Hampshire Veteran Sportsmen Foundation will help New Hampshire veterans buy a license and is looking for applications.

“Any veteran. If you served in World War II or Iraq . . . if you were in the Guard, in the Reserves, any veteran in need,” said Alex Cote of Deerfield, a member of the NHVSF board of directors.

“We’d like to try to find some of these veterans who have fallen on hard times and can’t afford a hunting or fishing license. Just contact us,” he said.

The new foundation, which received its state nonprofit status in November, is only open to veterans who are state residents.

A combined hunting fishing license costs $56 a year for state residents who are not eligible for other discounts. Permits for certain species or seasons can increase the cost.

Rep. James Spillane, a Deerfield Republican, was a co-founder of the group.

“We’ve had some positive feedback through people contracting (Spillane) that know we’re doing this, but we need to get out the word to more people,” Cote said.

For more information, visit nhvsf.com, email nhveteransportsman@yahoo.com, or write N.H. Veterans Sportsman Foundation, 16 Swamp Road, Deerfield 03037.

The group has launched a fundraising page on the website GoFundMe.

DAVID BROOKS




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