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License Information

Hunting Regulations Icon New Hampshire Hunting

Who Needs a License?

Hunting licenses are required for persons 16 years of age and older. Some licenses and permits are required for all ages.

Buying a License

Hunting licenses, valid Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of each year, may be purchased online via huntnh.com, from license agents, Fish and Game Department Headquarters in Concord, Fish and Game Region 1, 2, and 4 offices, and some town or city clerks. Applicants must purchase their own licenses. Trapping and fur buyer licenses, valid July 1 to June 30 of the next year, are only available at Fish and Game’s Concord headquarters or through the mail.

To purchase a hunting or archery license on the Internet site or at a Walmart, you must have held a hunting or archery license or taken Hunter Education or Bowhunter Education in N.H. in the year 2000 or later. There may be a delay of as much as one week after taking the N.H. Hunter Education course before the information is in our database.

Regular NH Hunting License

Wherever the term “Regular NH Hunting License” is used in this Hunting Digest, it is understood to include the Combination NH Hunting and Fishing License.

Residency Requirements

To obtain a license at resident rates, the person must present to the issuing agent a valid New Hampshire driver’s license or non-driver’s picture identification card issued by the NH Department of Safety, Div. of Motor Vehicles. Whenever the applicant is under 18 years of age, the parent or guardian of the applicant shall be a resident and present their valid NH driver’s license or non-driver’s picture identification.

Hunter Education Requirements

Anyone applying to hunt with a firearm or bow must present a previous hunting or archery license or a Certificate of Completion from an approved Hunter or Bowhunter Education course from any year, any state. For duplicates of lost certificates, call 603-271-3214; date of birth must be included if applying by mail.

Lost Licenses

Customers who have lost or destroyed their license must go to the original issuing agent or Fish and Game Department Headquarters in Concord for a reprint of their license. There is no charge for a reprint.

Military Licenses

NH residents who are regular active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard permanently stationed outside the state may be eligible for free temporary hunting and fishing licenses. Available at NH Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord; Region 1, 2, and 4 offices; or by mail or fax (603) 271-5829. Download an Active Duty Military License application from the Fish and Game website and send with duty orders. A copy of duty orders must be presented for verification. Call (603) 271-3422 for information. Non-resident military personnel on regular active duty, and permanently stationed in New Hampshire, may purchase licenses at N.H. resident rates (cannot be purchased online or at Walmart).

Archery

An archery license allows you to:

  1. Hunt deer with a bow and arrow during the archery season and to take one deer following season restrictions, and
  2. Hunt other species with bow and arrow, provided you have the appropriate license or permit.

It is legal to hunt deer with bow and arrow while using the firearms deer tag during the firearms deer season under a Regular Hunting or Combination License without an archery license, and in compliance with Wildlife Management Unit restrictions for deer during the firearms deer season. During the muzzleloader season, the firearms deer tag may only be filled using a muzzleloader or crossbow.

Archers may fill their archery deer tag any time during the archery season.

The Special Archery Deer Permit allows the taking of an antlered-only deer with bow and arrow during the archery deer season. This additional permit must be purchased at the same time you purchase your archery license.

Carrying Handguns while Bowhunting

You may carry a handgun while bowhunting, but it is not legal to use a handgun to assist in the taking of an archery-tagged deer.

Crossbows

Annual Deer Crossbow Permit (annual, $5) allows the hunter to use a crossbow during the firearms deer season only. The hunter must have a valid firearms deer tag and follow all Wildlife Management Unit restrictions for deer during the firearms deer season. Any deer taken shall be tagged with a valid firearms deer tag, available only at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. Taking a deer with a crossbow is legal during the muzzleloader season without a deer crossbow permit, as long as you possess a muzzleloader license.

Note: Persons 68 years of age or older, holding an archery license under RSA 208:5, may use a crossbow as an alternative to a traditional bow during the archery deer season without obtaining an additional permit (not valid for any other species or season).

Disabled Hunters

Disabled Crossbow Permit (permanent, $10) allows the use of crossbows during any season where use of a bow and arrow is allowed. This permit must be applied for at Concord Headquarters. A current year hunting license is required. This permit does not include separate tags (all ages). Hunters holding a disabled crossbow permit are limited to using only a crossbow. They are not allowed to use a longbow, recurve, or compound bow.

The following permanent licenses/permits are also available to qualified NH resident hunters: Disabled Veteran License, Paraplegic License, and Hunt from a Motor Vehicle Permit. Visit huntnh.com for information and application forms.

Prohibited Acts

Any person whose privilege to fish, hunt, trap, guide, take or land lobsters and crabs, or engage in commercial marine fishing activities is currently suspended or revoked in any other state or province is prohibited from purchasing or possessing a license for such activity in New Hampshire (RSA 214:18-b).

It is unlawful to possess more than one of any type of regular hunting license or permit, use another person’s license or permit, allow another person to use your license or permit, or not show your license upon demand.

Exceptions — When a License is Not Required

  • Resident landowners and their minor children under the age of 16 may hunt and trap on their own land in season without a license. This exception does not apply to activities requiring a special license or permit (i.e., archery, muzzleloader, pheasants, turkey, etc.). Resident Landowner special licenses must be purchased from Fish and Game headquarters, either in person or by mail.
  • Children under 16 years of age do not need a regular N.H. hunting or archery license. Youth must be accompanied by a properly licensed person 18 years of age or older. Minors must have a permit or license for turkey, Special Unit L or M deer, special archery deer, bear, nonresident muzzleloader, and trapping.

Persons exempted from purchasing an annual license may use the tag by writing their name and address on the tag, or may download one from huntnh.com.

 

Type of License

Comments

Fee

Age

Proof of NH Residency Required

Appropriate Tag Must be Attached

Issued from Concord Office Only

New Hampshire RESIDENT

Regular NH Hunting and
Fishing License***
Previous Hunting license or Hunter Education card required.

$56.00

16–67

Regular NH Hunting License Previous Hunting license or Hunter Education card required.

$32.00

16–67

Senior Combination Hunting
and Fishing***
Available to NH residents born 1/1/1948 or after, and at least 68 years of age at the time of purchase. Must be purchased annually. Proof of Hunter Education course or previous hunting license required.

$7.00

68+

Regular Lifetime NH Hunting and Fishing, Archery, Muzzleloader,
Deer Crossbow, Bear*
Call (603) 271-3422 for details. Requirements for specific licenses are the same as listed for equivalent individual licenses.

Newborn Lifetime NH Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License*

$304.50

Under
one year

Archery License Previous Archery license or Bowhunter or new combined Hunter Education card required.

$32.00

16–67

Senior Archery License Previous Archery license or Bowhunter or new combined Hunter Education card required. Available to NH residents born 1/1/1948 or after, and at least 68 years of age at the time of purchase.

$3.00

68+

Special Archery Deer Permit Archery license required unless under age 16. Must be purchased at the same time as annual Archery license; cannot be sold separately. Antlered only.

$26.00

All ages

Special Unit L Deer Permit**** Current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license required unless under age 16. Permits come with one tag.
Only available at nhfishandgame.com.

$26.00

All ages

Special Unit M Deer Permit** Current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license required unless under age 16. Permits come with two tags.
Also available at nhfishandgame.com.

$36.00

All ages

Deer Crossbow Permit* Current NH Regular Hunting license required. Archery license does not qualify. Valid during firearms deer season using firearms deer tag only.

$5.00

16 & over

Muzzleloader License Current NH Regular Hunting license required. Archery license does not qualify. No deer tag issued.

$16.00

16–67

Senior Muzzleloader License Current NH Hunting license required. Archery license does not qualify. No deer tag issued Available to NH residents born 1/1/1948 or after, and at least 68 years of age at the time of purchase.

$3.00

68+

Apprentice Hunting License* Allows a one-time deferral of requirement for previous Hunting license or Hunter Education card.

16 & over

Pheasant License Hunters taking pheasants (except persons under age 16) must have this license in addition to current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license.

$31.00

16 & over

Migratory Waterfowl License Current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license, and a Federal Duck Stamp required.

$11.00

16 & over

Turkey License Current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license required at time of purchase unless under age 16.

$16.00

All ages

Bear License Current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license required at time of purchase unless under age 16.

$16.00

All ages

Trapping License* Previous Trapping license or Trapper Education card required.

$36.00

16-67

Trapping License — Resident Minor* Previous Trapping license or Trapper Education card required.

$6.50

Under 16

Trapping License – Over Age 68* Previous Trapping license or Trapper Education card required

Free

68+

Fur Buyer License*

$50.00

All ages

Dog Training Permit* Current NH Regular Hunting license required.

$5.00

All ages

Resident Guide License, Hunting or Fishing*

$100.00

Duplicate Licenses and Permits Lost licenses may be reprinted at the original issuing agent or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord at no charge.

Free

Buying Your LicenseNew Hampshire hunting licenses can be purchased online at huntnh.com, from one of our friendly license agents statewide (listed at huntnh.com/licensing), or in person or by mail at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

Carry Your License

The signed license must be carried on your person when hunting.

 

Type of License

Comments

Fee

Age

Appropriate Tag Must be Attached

Issued from Concord Office Only

NON-RESIDENT

Regular Nonresident Hunting
and Fishing License***
Previous Hunting license or Hunter Education card required.

$151.00

16 & over

Regular Nonresident Hunting License Previous Hunting license or Hunter Education card required.

$113.00

16 & over

Nonresident Muzzleloader License Current NH Regular Hunting license required at time of purchase unless under the age of 16. No deer tag issued.

$41.00

All ages

Nonresident Archery License Previous Archery license or Bowhunter or new combined Hunter Education card required.

$83.00

16 & over

Special Archery Deer Permit Current NH Archery license required unless under age 16. Must be purchased at the same time as Archery License; cannot be sold separately. Antlered only.

$26.00

All ages

Special Unit L Deer Permit**** Current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license required unless under age 16. Permits come with one tag. Only available at nhfishandgame.com.

$26.00

All ages

Special Unit M Deer Permit** Current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license required unless under age 16. Permits come with two tags. Also available at nhfishandgame.com.

$36.00

All ages

Deer Crossbow Permit* Current NH Regular Hunting license required. Valid during firearms deer season using firearms deer tag only.

$5.00

16 & over

Nonresident Small Game
Hunting License
Previous Hunting license or Hunter Education card required. See Small Game. Pheasant and migratory waterfowl require additional license/stamp.

$53.00

16 & over

Nonresident 3-Day
Small Game Hunting License
Previous Hunting license or Hunter Education card required. See Small Game. Consecutive days only. Pheasant and migratory waterfowl require additional license/stamp.

$25.00

16 & over

Pheasant License Hunters taking pheasants (except persons under age 16) must have this license in addition to current NH Regular Hunting, Archery or Small Game license.

$31.00

16 & over

Migratory Waterfowl License Current NH Regular Hunting or Small Game or Archery license required at time of purchase. A Federal Duck Stamp is also required prior to hunting waterfowl.

$11.00

16 & over

Non-resident Student* Full-time students attending school in N.H. may purchase non-resident hunting licenses at resident rates. Must be registered for at least 12 credit hours per semester. Sold only at Fish and Game headquarters or by mail. 16 & over

Turkey License Current NH Regular Hunting license or Archery license required at time of purchase unless under age 16.

$31.00

All ages

Bear License Current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license required at time of purchase unless under age 16.

$48.00

All ages

Nonresident Trapping License* Previous Trapping license or Trapper Education card required. Available only if hunter’s state of residence permits nonresident trappers.

$301.00

All ages

Fur Buyer License*

$150.00

All ages

Dog Training Permit* Current NH Regular Hunting license required unless under the age of 16. Permits to train bear dogs are only permitted if your state of residence allows nonresident bear dog training or hunting (see www.huntnh.com/hunting/bear.html).

$5.00

All ages

Nonresident Guide License, Hunting or Fishing*

$100.00

Duplicate Licenses and Permits Lost licenses may be reprinted at the original issuing agent or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord at no charge.

Free