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New Hampshire Welcomes Hunters!

Hunting Regulations Icon New Hampshire Hunting

Hunt New Hampshire’s big woods, where you can still walk for miles without seeing a house, a road, or another hunter – unless you want to. Hunt with your friends and family, the way hunting used to be.

We’ve got big bucks, gobblers galore, Sunday hunting, and special youth hunts. Add to that millions of acres of prime wildlife habitat—and you’ve got the setting for an unforgettable hunting experience!

It’s easy to get your New Hampshire hunting license. You can buy it online at huntnh.com. To purchase a license online, you’ll need the license number from a previous N.H. hunting license or your New Hampshire Hunter Education card. You can get your turkey, bear, and pheasant permits online as well. Or visit one of our friendly N.H. license agents throughout the state.

Get started on your scouting by checking out the N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary; it lists results for last year’s hunting seasons by WMU and town, including harvest statistics and hunting/trophy records. This, plus topo maps, Wildlife Management Area maps and info, and lots of basic information on hunting in New Hampshire, is at your fingertips at the Fish and Game website, huntnh.com.

When planning your trip, check out visitnh.gov for ideas and deals on lodging, camping, and good eats. To help you get the most out of your time afield, maybe this is the year to hire a licensed N.H. hunting guide (listed at huntnh.com).

Apprentice Hunting Opportunity

If you know someone who wants to experience hunting, take advantage of New Hampshire’s Apprentice Hunting License! This license provides a one-time, one calendar-year exemption from Hunter Education requirements for a hunter accompanied by a properly licensed adult 18 years of age or older. Learn more at huntnh.com/hunting/apprentice.html.

Since you’re reading this, chances are you’re already getting your gear ready and counting the days until your first New Hampshire hunt of the season. If not…what are you waiting for? Plan your New Hampshire hunting adventure today!

New for 2017-18

  • N.H. Fish and Game is no longer involved in the deer hunt on the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Use of a crossbow by people over age 68. 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).
  • The bag limit has increased from 1 bird to 2 for American black ducks.

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.