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Migratory Bird Hunting

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2015–2016 migratory bird HUNTING SEASONS

Species

Inclusive Dates

Daily Limit

Season Limit

Federal & State stamp required

HIP Permit

Non-toxic shot required

Firearm plug required

Crow

Aug. 15–Nov. 30 , 2015; Mar. 16–Mar. 31, 2016

No

No

No

No

No

No

Snipe

Sept. 15–Nov. 14, 2015

8

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Waterfowl*

Ducks and Geese: Seasons, bag limits and special regulations not covered in this digest will be published in Sept. Call (603) 271-2461 for information.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Woodcock

Oct. 1–Nov. 14, 2015

3

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

* Waterfowl Hunting Seasons (i.e. ducks and geese) are not found in this guide because the season-setting process and timing is established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with their statutory authority to regulate the take of migratory species. Season dates, bag limits and restricted areas are available in early September each year and distributed separately from this publication. See huntnh.com in early September for updated information on waterfowl hunting.

Migratory bird hunting in New Hampshire includes woodcock, ducks and geese, snipe and crows. A special youth waterfowl season (September 26-27, 2015) allows hunters ages 15 and younger to hunt in advance of the regular season.

Migratory Bird Hunting Licensing Requirements

To hunt for migratory birds, a resident must have a current Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination or Archery License. A nonresident must have a Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination, Archery or a Small Game License. No license is required for youth hunters (under age 16); youth must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older.

In addition, duck and goose hunters 16 and older must have a:

  • state Migratory Waterfowl License;
  • National Migratory Bird Harvest Information or “HIP” certification number to hunt ducks, geese, woodcock and snipe.
  • Federal Duck Stamp with the hunter’s named signed across the face. The Federal Duck Stamp can be purchased at many U.S. Post Offices or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord (or Region 2 Office, New Hampton).

Hunters pursuing snipe and woodcock do not need either the state migratory waterfowl license or the federal duck stamp, but they do need the HIP certification.

HIP applicants must call 1-800-207-6183 or go to the online licensing site at huntnh.com to obtain a HIP permit number at no cost.

Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

Hunting Hours:

  • Waterfowl, woodcock, snipe: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

It is unlawful to hunt migratory game birds with a shotgun larger than 10 gauge or use a shotgun capable of holding more than 3 rounds of ammunition: one in the chamber, and the magazine must be plugged to hold no more than 2 rounds. It is illegal to possess any shotgun shells containing lead shot while hunting migratory waterfowl. Bow and arrow may be used.

Placing bait or hunting over baited areas is prohibited. It is also unlawful to have a loaded firearm in a motorboat under power or hunt from a motorboat or sailboat until all forward motion has ceased.

  • Crow: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. No HIP required for crow. Crows may be taken by firearms and bow and arrow. Electronic calls may be used for crow.

Areas Closed to Waterfowl Hunting

Certain areas in Portsmouth and Rye and Back Channel in New Castle are closed to waterfowl hunting. For a list and description of these and other closed areas throughout the state, contact the Fish and Game office nearest you or write to N.H. Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

Win a Ruger firearm — send in the Small Game Survey!

Calling all N.H. small game hunters—you have a chance to win a Ruger firearm if you fill out and submit your Small Game Survey form, postmarked by April 15, 2016. All those who return a completed survey on time will have their names entered into a raffle to win a quality Ruger firearm, generously donated by Sturm Ruger & Co., Inc., to encourage participation in the survey.

If you are a small game hunter and would like to volunteer for our annual survey, please call (603) 271-2461 or email wildlife@
wildlife.nh.gov
. NOTE: Please provide your full name and mailing address so we can mail the survey to you!

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