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Furbearer Hunting

Hunting Regulations Icon New Hampshire Hunting

2018–2019 Furbearer Hunting Seasons

Species

Inclusive Dates

Daily Limit

Season Limit

Coyote

No closed season; Night hunting allowed, Jan. 1–Mar. 31

No

No

Fisher

Dec. 1, 2018–Jan. 31, 2019

2*

2*

Fox (Red & Gray), Opossum, Skunk, Raccoon

Sept. 1, 2018–March 31, 2019

No

No

Mink, Muskrat, Weasel

Oct. 15, 2017–April 10, 2018

WMUs A–F

No

No

Nov. 1, 2017–April 10, 2018

WMUs G–M

Bobcat, Lynx, Pine marten

CLOSED

Furbearer Hunting Licensing Requirements

To hunt for furbearers, hunters must have a current Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination, or Archery License. A Small Game License does not allow for the hunting of furbearers.

Furbearer Hunting Regulations

Hunting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.

There is no daily bag limit for coyote, red fox, gray fox, opossum, skunk, weasel, mink, muskrat, or raccoon.

There is no open hunting season for otter or beaver. Furbearers shall not be taken with an air rifle.

Coyote

  • No closed season.
  • Night Hunting: Coyotes may be hunted at night from Jan. 1 through March 31. Lights may be used, except from a motor vehicle, snowmobile, or OHRV. Coyote night hunters are restricted to shotguns, .22 caliber rimfire, muzzleloaders, or archery equipment in those towns with special rules (see Deer Hunting Regulations).
  • Electronic calling devices are legal.
  • Written landowner permission, filed with the local conservation officer, is required to hunt coyote at night or to place bait for coyotes.
  • Baiting is not permitted on ice-covered public waters.
  • From the close of the bear baiting season through December 15, baiting for coyote will be restricted to the use of meat, animal parts, carrion, or fish only.

Fisher

Sealing required within 10 days of the close of season. The season limit is 2 fisher.

Raccoon

Raccoon may be hunted at night. It is illegal to use a rifle or pistol larger than .22 caliber, or shot size larger than number 4 birdshot. It is illegal to take raccoons using a light from a motor vehicle or OHRV.