CONCORD, N.H. — As you make plans over the holiday weekend and throughout the summer to get outside to hike, bike, kayak, or climb, be sure you have your Hike Safe card.
Card sales provide important support for Fish and Game’s search and rescue efforts. The card also exempts holders from certain liability for repaying search and rescue costs.
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, NH
Download the print-and-mail form 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 Colonel Kevin Jordan. “Buying a card is also a great way to help support Fish and Game’s search and rescue activities.”
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.
Colonel Jordan also recommends hikers “hike smart” and carry with them the top 10 essentials:
Sweater or Pile Jacket
Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
Extra Food and Water
Flashlight or Headlamp
First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
Rain/Wind Jacket and Pants
Read more about safe hiking at www.wildnh.com/outdoor-recreation/hiking-safety.html.