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Director’s Message


Sportsmanship Counts

It’s my pleasure to welcome my fellow hunters to the fields and forests of New Hampshire. I get excited thinking about getting back into the field this year.

I know you share my enthusiasm. New Hampshire hunters know about and appreciate our amazing variety of wildlife, habitats and hunting areas — from ducks and geese on coastal marshes to deer and grouse in remote northern forests.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s latest five-year look at outdoor recreation tells us that activities like hunting bring many jobs and tourists to New Hampshire, creating a major economic engine for the state. Wildlife-associated recreation contributed $556 million in expenditures to New Hampshire’s economy in 2011. Hunters and anglers over age 16 spent more than 5.7 million recreation days in the state.

In the Granite State, private land — the majority of forest land in the state — has historically been open to hunting unless posted by the owner. Fish and Game is working together with hunters and landowners to ensure that we can carry this tradition forward.

Ultimately, it’s the sportsman or woman who can make the difference in keeping some truly great lands open to hunting. Be safe, be sure of your target, clean up after yourself, display sportsmanship — sounds like common sense, but that’s the key to leaving a good impression. Remember, you are the guest of the landowner. Treat the land with respect and you will usually be welcome!

Thanks for hunting New Hampshire. Before you head out, please review this booklet and make note of the rules. The Fish and Game website at has more great hunting resources. I’ll see you in the field!

Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

NH Fish and Game Department

NH Fish and game — our Mission

As the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:

  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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