Furbearer Hunting

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Licensing Requirements

To hunt for furbearers, hunters must have a current Regular NH Hunting License or an Archery License. A Small Game License does not allow for the hunting of furbearers.

Hunting Regulations

Hunting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.

There is no daily bag limit for coyote, fisher, red fox, gray fox, opossum, skunk, weasel, mink, muskrat or raccoon.

There is no open hunting season for otter or beaver.

Coyote

  • No closed season.
  • Night Hunting: Coyotes may be hunted at night from Jan. 1 through March 31. Lights may be used, except from a motor vehicle, snowmobile or OHRV. Coyote night hunters are restricted to shotguns, .22 caliber rimfire, muzzleloaders or archery equipment in those towns with special rules.
  • Electronic calling devices are legal.
  • Written landowner permission, filed with the local conservation officer, is required to hunt coyote at night or to place bait for coyotes.
  • Baiting is not permitted on ice-covered public waters.

Fisher

Sealing required within 10 days of the close of season.

Raccoon

Raccoon may be hunted at night. Must not use rifle or pistol larger than .22 caliber, shot size not larger than number 4 birdshot. It is illegal to take raccoons using a light from a motor vehicle or OHRV.

2010–2011 FURBEARER HUNTING SEASONS

Species

Inclusive Dates

Daily Limit

Season Limit

Coyote

No closed season;
Night hunting allowed,
Jan. 1–Mar. 31

No

No

Fisher

Dec. 1, 2010–Jan. 31, 2011

No

10*

Fox (Red & Gray), Opossum, Skunk, Raccoon, Weasel

Sept. 1, 2010–March 31, 2011

No

No

Mink & Muskrat

Oct. 15, 2010–April 10, 2011

WMUs
A–F

No

No

Nov. 1, 2010–April 10, 2011

WMUs
G–M

* The statewide bag limit is 10 fisher per hunter (combined with trapping), with no more than 5 fisher from the combined area of C1, D2, E, F, G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L and M.


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