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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.

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. from the year 2000 or later. There may be a delay of as much as three months 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. 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.

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.

See complete listing of deer season regulations.

Carrying Handguns while Bowhunting

You may carry a handgun while bowhunting if:

  1. You possess a valid firearms hunting license; or
  2. You possess a valid pistol/revolver license.

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, but only with a muzzleloader license.

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 license while hunting, when 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 downloading one from huntnh.com.

Shooting Ranges

New Hampshire has dozens of fish and game clubs and shooting ranges where you can safely practice your shooting skills. Check the N.H. Fish and Game website for a partial list. The majority of rifle/pistol ranges are private, meaning that membership is required to use them, or in some cases you can be the guest of a member. Shotgun ranges are generally open to the public, with non-members paying a higher fee per round of shooting. Many of the membership clubs have special days during the year when the public is invited to try out the facilities or to sight in their firearms. Contact your local club for details, or to ask about becoming a member.

License Information

type of license

Comments

Fee

Age

Proof of NH Residency Required

appropriate tag must be Attached

application 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 those who turn age 68 on or after January 1, 2016. Must be purchased annually. Must be age 68 or older to purchase. 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

Parent/legal guardian must be N.H. resident. Child’s birth certificate required. Available from birth to day before first birthday. Purchase at Fish and Game headquarters or by mail (see wildnh.com/licensing/forms.html)

$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.

$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 Senior Hunting & Fishing license required. Archery license does not qualify. No deer tag issued.

$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. See HIP requirements.

$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 once at no charge.

Free

NOTE: Many NH hunting licenses are available for online purchase; visit huntnh.com. An annual habitat fee of $2.50 is required for all hunting licenses; this fee is charged once per year per hunter. All license prices include a $1 agent fee. An additional $2 transaction fee is charged for each license form purchased at an agent ($3 online).

# Free Permanent Licenses: For NH residents who were born on or before December 31, 1947, free permanent licenses are available for hunting & fishing, archery, and muzzleloader. Available only at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord or Regional Offices 1, 2 and 4. No deer tag issued. Requirements for specific licenses are the same as listed for equivalent licenses.

Buying Your License

New 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.

type of license

Comments

Fee

Age

appropriate tag must be Attached

application 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. See HIP requirements.

$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. Available only if hunter’s state of residence issues Dog Training Permits to nonresidents.

$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 once at no charge.

Free

NOTE: An annual habitat fee of $2.50 is required for all hunting licenses. This fee is charged once per year, per hunter. Proceeds are used to manage and protect habitat for New Hampshire’s wildlife populations. All license prices include a $1 agent fee. An additional $2 transaction fee is charged for each license form purchased at an agent ($3 online).

* Applications issued only from Concord office may also be ordered by mail; write to NH Fish and Game Dept., 11 Hazen Drive, Concord NH 03301; or go to huntnh.com and download a print-and-mail application.

** Sold at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord and online.

*** Fishing licenses allow the taking of freshwater species.

**** Only available online.