New Hampshire officials are encouraging people who enjoy the outdoors to buy or renew their Hike Safe cards for 2019.
Hikers, climbers, back country skiers, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase their voluntary annual Hike Safe card for 2019. Card sales help ensure that New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers, trained in wilderness rescue, are ready to come to your aid if the unexpected happens while you are in a remote location.
2019 Hike Safe cards cost $25 for an individual, or $35 for a family, and are good for the calendar year ending December 31, 2019. The price is the same for residents and nonresidents.
Cards can be purchased online or by mail at www.wildnh.com/safe; they are also sold at NH Fish and Game Department headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, in Concord, New Hampshire.
The Hike Safe card has become popular among outdoor enthusiasts. As of December 1, 2018, a total of 4,813 cards had been sold this year, bringing in nearly $122,262 for the Fish and Game Department’s 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.”
Purchasing a hunting or fishing license also provides you with the same protection as a Hike Safe card. 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 to buy your Hike Safe card for 2019.