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New Hampshire Welcomes Hunters

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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 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,

When planning your trip, check out 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

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

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 2016-17

  • WMU L antlerless-only permits are now sold online only. The number of these permits increased from 500 to 750, but they are sold out for 2016.
  • Permits to use dogs to take bear should now be sent to the Wildlife Division in Concord.
  • The submittal process for and information required on permits to bait wildlife have changed.
  • Bait permits for the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Forest in Pittsburg will be issued through a lottery con- ducted by the Fish and Game Region 1 Office in Lancaster, beginning in 2017.
  • The fall shotgun season for turkey has increased from 5 to 7 days, and will run from October 10 through October 16, 2016, in select WMUs.
  • The statewide fisher limit has been lowered from 10 to 5, with no more than 3 from the combined area of: C1, D2, E, F, G, H, I, J and K.
  • Pheasant hunting will be closed statewide until noon during stocking days; pheas- ant stocking is conducted on Thursdays and Fridays through October 21.
  • Bear dogs may not be started from a bait site.
  • Bear baiting rules banning the use of chocolate are fully implemented – no person shall establish, tend or hunt over a bait contain- ing chocolate or any cocoa derivative, including chocolate donuts, pastries or baked goods.
  • Crossbows are now a legal method of take for deer without a crossbow permit only during the muzzleloader season (with a muzzleloader license). During the regular firearm season, hunters would still need to purchase a crossbow deer permit in order to take a deer with a crossbow.