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Small Game Hunting

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2014–2015 SMALL GAME HUNTING SEASONS

Species

Inclusive Dates

Wildlife Management Units

Daily Limit

Season Limit

Cottontail Rabbit

Oct. 1–Dec. 31

H2, K, L, M

(except for closed areas, see map below)

2

No

Falconry Season: Oct. 1–Mar. 15

Gray Squirrel

Sept. 1–Dec. 31

All

5

No

Pheasant*

Oct. 1–Dec. 31

All

2

10

Ruffed Grouse (Partridge)

Oct. 1–Dec. 31

All

4

No

Quail, Chukar,
Hungarian/European Partridge

Oct. 1–Dec. 31

All

4

No

Snowshoe Hare

Oct. 1–Mar. 31

A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F, G, J1

3

No

H1, H2, I1, I2, J2, K, L, M

2

* Pheasant License required.

Small Game species in New Hampshire are: ruffed grouse, pheasant, quail, Hungarian/European partridge, chukar, cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, gray squirrel and migratory game birds including waterfowl (see Migratory Bird Hunting). N.H. Fish and Game stocks more than 13,000 pheasants at 50+ sites around the state.

SMALL GAME HUNTING LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

To hunt for small game, a resident must have a current Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination or Archery License. A nonresident must have a Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination or Archery License 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.

Migratory bird hunters, see Migratory Bird Hunting for additional requirements.

Pheasant Hunting Licensing Requirements

All pheasant hunters, with the exception of youth hunters who are accompanied by a properly licensed adult, must have either a valid Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination or Non-resident Small Game License, in addition to a Pheasant License.

SMALL GAME HUNTING REGULATIONS

Hunting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset, except for migratory birds (see Migratory Bird Hunting).

RUFFED GROUSE HUNTING

New Hampshire’s premiere game bird, the ruffed grouse, is king when it comes to upland game bird hunting. New Hampshire Fish and Game actively manages our lands to create young forests, one of the habitats critical for grouse and many other species. If you are a grouse hunter, we ask you to help us monitor this species by participating in our Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail Survey. Read on and you can learn all about it!

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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