CONCORD, N.H. — As you make plans to get outside to hike, bike, kayak or climb, be sure you have your 2017 Hike Safe card.
Purchase the card to support Fish and Game search and rescue efforts and avoid being responsible for repaying search and rescue costs in New Hampshire (unless caused by reckless or intentional behavior).
Voluntary Hike Safe Cards are $25 for an individual, or $35 for a family (parents and minor children), and are good through the end of the calendar year.
There are three ways to get your card:
Online at www.nhfishandgame.com/HikeSafe.aspx
In person at Fish and Game Headquarters at 11 Hazen Drive, Concord (directions)
Download the print-and-mail form (PDF) at: www.wildnh.com/safe/documents/hike-safe-app.pdf
“Whatever outdoor activity you enjoy — hiking, biking, paddling, cross country skiing, or walking the nature trails in your town, the Hike Safe Card is your back-up plan for the great outdoors,” said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Kevin Jordan. “Buying a card is a great way to help support Fish and Game’s search and rescue activities.”
Funds raised through sale of the hike safe cards go to Fish and Game’s Search and Rescue Fund. During 2016, the Department sold 4,169 cards, bringing in nearly $110,000. In 2016, Fish and Game conducted 245 search and rescue missions. Under state law, the Fish and Game Department can pursue reimbursement for rescue costs if the person rescued is deemed to have acted negligently.
Individuals who possess a valid New Hampshire hunting or fishing license, or a current registration for an off-highway recreational vehicle, snowmobile or boat, have the same benefits as those provided by the Hike Safe card.
Learn more about New Hampshire’s voluntary Hike Safe Card and see Frequently Asked Questions about the card at www.wildnh.com/safe.