Time to Buy or Renew Voluntary Hike Safe Cards

CONCORD, N.H. — Hikers, climbers, back country skiers, kayakers and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase their voluntary annual Hike Safe Card for 2018. Card sales help ensure that N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Conservation Officers, trained in wilderness rescue, are there to come to your aid if the unexpected occurs in a remote location.

2018 Hike Safe Cards cost $25 for an individual, or $35 for a family, and are good for the calendar year ending December 31, 2018. The price is the same for in-state and nonresidents. You can purchase the card for someone else — they make a great gift for any backcountry adventurer on your list.

Cards can be purchased online or by mail at www.wildnh.com/safe; they are also sold at the N.H. Fish and Game Department in Concord.

The Hike Safe card has proved popular among outdoor enthusiasts. As of December 1, 2017, a total of 4,813 cards had been sold this year, bringing in nearly $122,262 for the Fish and Game Search and Rescue Fund. Cards must be renewed annually.

“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.

In addition to Hike Safe Card revenues, Fish and Game’s Search and Rescue Fund is supported by a $1 fee collected for each boat, snowmobile and OHRV registered in New Hampshire.

Visit www.wildnh.com/safe today and buy or renew your Hike Safe Card for 2018!