The longest journey begins with a single step.
Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching
A law passed in 2014 authorizes the NH Fish and Game Department to sell a voluntary hike safe card for $25 per person and $35 per family. People who obtain the cards will not be liable to repay rescue costs if they need to be rescued due to negligence on their part, regardless of whether they are hiking, boating, cross country skiing, hunting, or engaging in any other outdoor activity. An individual may still be liable for response expenses, however, if such person is deemed to have recklessly or to have intentionally created a situation requiring an emergency response.
People who possess a current New Hampshire Fish and Game hunting or fishing license, or a current registration for an off-highway recreational vehicle, snowmobile or boat, will also be exempt from repaying rescue costs due to negligence.
The law took effect January 1, 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Hike Safe Card
Where can I buy the card?
Will there be a physical card that I can put in my wallet?
How long is the card good for?
Is the card only for hikers?
Are there some situations in which hike safe card holders could still be charged for a search and rescue mission?
What is the difference between when someone is deemed to have acted negligently or recklessly?
Does the full cost of the card go to the Search and Rescue Fund?
Yes. Revenues from sales of the voluntary hike safe card will go into the Search and Rescue Fund, with the exception of the transaction fee (currently $3) that goes to the vendor of the automated issuance system to cover the cost of processing the information.
For more information on the card, visit the NH Fish & Game website.