Deer Hunting Seasons

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Deer are New Hampshire’s most popular game animal, with a total of more than 80,000 deer found in all areas of the state. NH has a long archery season starting Sept. 15 (antlered only through Sept. 30), a muzzleloader season that is a special attraction for hunters given its timing (11 days before the firearms season), and a firearms season that begins Nov. 10 statewide. (See the chart for “any deer” days, when hunters may take a doe or a buck; NH Fish and Game uses “any deer” days to manage deer populations.) A Special Unit M permit allows hunters to take additional antlerless deer in WMU-M.

Season

Inclusive Dates

Wildlife Management Units

Archery

Antlered deer only

Sept. 15–Sept. 30

Statewide

Any deer

Oct. 1–Dec. 8

WMU A — NOTE: Archery deer season ends one week early.

Any deer

Oct. 1–Dec. 15

B – M

Muzzleloader

Antlered deer only

Oct. 30–Nov. 9

A, B, C1, C2, D1, E, F, G, I1, I2, J1

Any deer

Oct. 30 ONLY

D2, J2

Antlered deer only

Oct. 31–Nov. 9

Any deer

Oct. 30–Oct. 31

K

Antlered deer only

Nov. 1–Nov. 9

Any deer

Oct. 30–Nov. 1

H1, H2

Antlered deer only

Nov. 2–Nov. 9

Any deer

Oct. 30–Nov. 5

L

Antlered deer only

Nov. 6–Nov. 9

Any deer

Oct. 30–Nov. 9

M

Firearm

Antlered deer only

Nov. 10–Nov. 28

WMU A — NOTE: Regular firearm deer season ends one week early.

Antlered deer only

Nov. 10–Dec. 5

B, C1, C2, D1, E, F, G, I1, I2, J1

Any deer

Nov. 10 ONLY

D2, J2

Antlered deer only

Nov. 11–Dec. 5

Any deer

Nov. 10–Nov 11

K

Antlered deer only

Nov. 12–Dec. 5

Any deer

Nov. 10–Nov. 12

H1, H2

Antlered deer only

Nov. 13–Dec. 5

Any deer

Nov. 10–Nov. 16

L

Antlered deer only

Nov. 17–Dec. 5

Any deer

Nov. 10–Nov. 19

M

Antlered deer only

Nov. 20–Dec. 5

Youth Hunt

Oct. 23 & 24 any deer statewide; see Youth Hunting for details.

DEFINITIONS

Antlered Deer:
Deer with at least one antler three (3)
inches long.

Any Deer:
All deer regardless of sex or age.

If you are using a special deer permit, you are not allowed to take two deer at the same time. The first deer taken must be registered before you attempt to take a second deer.


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