Matching wits with wildlife, braving the elements, testing themselves—a new generation is discovering a passion for hunting!
Hunting with young people allows them to develop their observational skills, and helps them gain the confidence and comfort level they need to enjoy a lifetime in the outdoors. We hope you’ll share your experience and take a young hunter out this fall; it will be a priceless experience for you as a mentor—and for your young friend as a future hunter, conservationist and adventurer!
There is no minimum age for hunting in New Hampshire. Youth hunters (under the age of 16) may hunt during all regular hunting seasons when accompanied by a properly licensed adult hunter who is at least 18 years of age. All NH hunting rules apply.
“Accompanied” means within sight and hearing, excluding electronic devices, when actual physical direction and control can be affected. A properly licensed adult is one who possesses any and all licenses/permits needed for the species being hunted and the method being used by the youth hunter. No regular NH hunting or archery license is required for hunters under 16 years of age; see required licenses and permits.
All deer, bear and turkey must be tagged and registered according to rules applying to those species for adults. Deer taken by youth hunters must be tagged and reported by calling (603) 271-3361. Adult hunters who have filled their tags are allowed to accompany a youth hunter.
Hunter education is not required for youth hunters under age 16, but youth should try to complete the hunter education course sometime between the age of 12 and their 16th birthday; that way, they’ll have the required hunter education certification when they apply for their first hunting license after they turn 16.