Small Game Hunting

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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. NH Fish and Game stocks more than 13,000 pheasants at 50+ sites around the state.

Small Game Hunting Licensing Requirements

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

Those areas indicated in red at right are known locations of New England cottontail rabbits, and are closed to hunting of all cottontail rabbits.

Migratory bird hunters, see next page 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 NH 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.

2010 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

Quail, Chukar,
Hungarian/European Partridge

Oct. 1–Dec. 31

All

4

No

Ruffed Grouse (Partridge)

Oct. 1–Dec. 31

All

4

No

Red Squirrel
& Woodchuck

No closed season

All

No

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.

Win a Ruger rifle—send in the Small Game Survey!

Calling all NH small game hunters—you have a chance to win a Ruger rifle if you fill out and submit your Small Game Survey form, postmarked by April 15, 2011. All those who return a completed survey on time will have their names put into a raffle for a Sturm Ruger 10-22 rifle. Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., has generously donated this premiere gun to encourage participation the survey.

If you are a small game hunter and would like to volunteer for our annual survey, please call (603) 271-2461 or email wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov. NOTE: Please provide your full name and mailing address so we can mail the survey to you!


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