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Turkey Hunting

Hunting Regulations Icon New Hampshire Hunting

Wild turkeys in New Hampshire are a wildlife restoration success story. The state now offers generous spring and fall turkey hunting opportunities, as well as a special youth hunt. The highest concentration of turkeys is in the Connecticut River Valley—though they are well distributed throughout the state, and their clucks, purrs, and gobbles may be heard just about anywhere!

Turkey Hunting Licensing Requirements

Adult hunters (16 or older) must have a Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination or Archery License and a Turkey License to hunt turkeys. A Small Game License does not allow for the hunting of turkeys. Youth hunters (under 16 years of age) do not need a hunting, combination or archery license, but they do need a turkey license. Each turkey license comes with two tags: one valid for taking one male or bearded bird during the spring season, and one valid for taking one bird of either sex in the fall. Fall hunting may be done statewide with bow and arrow during the fall archery season, or with a shotgun during the fall shotgun season in those units where allowed (see season chart and map).

Turkey Hunting Regulations

Hunting Hours:

  • Fall: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.
  • Spring: ½ hour before sunrise to 12 noon.

Turkeys must be tagged immediately upon killing. Registration of a fully feathered intact carcass is required within 24 hours of taking. The turkey may be gutted.

Shotguns must be between 10 and 20 gauge. The allowable shot size for taking wild turkey is #2, #4, #5, #6, #7 and above. The lack of an upper limit accommodates the use of modern, heavier-than-lead loads that utilize a blend of shot sizes.

A person who has taken a turkey may assist another properly licensed turkey hunter by calling only. The person assisting by calling shall not possess a bow and arrow or firearm (other than a pistol or revolver).

Archery

Archers must have their name and address on arrows. Fixed blade broadheads cannot be less than ⅞ inches wide; there is no upper size limit. Retractable blade broadheads are permitted (cannot be less than ⅞ of an inch wide when open). Minimum draw weight for turkeys is 30 lbs.

It Is Unlawful To:

  • Possess a turkey that hasn’t been properly tagged.
  • Possess a detached turkey tag. Upon killing a turkey the tag shall be filled out and immediately attached to the turkey.
  • Take a turkey with a rifle, dogs (during spring season), bait, electronic calling devices, live decoys, by cooperative drives or while the turkey is in a tree.
  • Take a turkey with a crossbow, unless you have a Disabled Crossbow Permit.

Turkey Hunting Seasons

Season

Inclusive Dates

Wildlife Management Units

Season Limit

Fall Archery

Sept. 15–Dec. 8, 2017

A

Combined limit:
1 turkey

(either sex)

Sept. 15–Dec. 15, 2017

B–M
Fall Shotgun

Oct. 16–22, 2017

D1, D2, G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L, M
Spring

May 3–May 31, 2018

Statewide

1 (male or bearded)

Youth Hunt

April 28–29, 2018

Statewide

1 (male or bearded)