Welcome to 2021-22 New Hampshire Hunting
Great Hunting Opportunities
Some of my fondest memories of growing up in New Hampshire were hunting and fishing with my dad and my brothers. I especially liked partridge hunting which I am still passionate about. When my son got old enough to walk, we would head to the woods for squirrels. Those early hunts were long remembered by both of us. Here at the Fish and Game Department, we work hard to manage species and their habitat for health and appropriate population numbers for the landscape. An important tool in our conservation arsenal is hunting. I have always felt a responsibility to pass the skills of hunting down to future generations and enjoy watching kids and young people learn to appreciate nature and the outdoors. So as you head out this year, consider sharing your knowledge with a friend or family member and help keep the tradition alive.
From the seacoast to the mountains, the Granite State has a lot to offer hunters. Whatever you are interested in, from birds such as ducks, geese, or turkey, to large game, such as deer, moose, and bear, or smaller game, such as squirrel, grouse, or hare, there is something for everyone. Heading out on a beautiful spring day or a crisp fall one when the woods and fields are still quiet is an experience few will forget and one that keeps many hunters heading back year after year.
Bear and deer harvests have been strong in recent years, and the 2019 spring turkey harvest set a record, which was exceeded by the 2020 spring season. Check out the Wildlife Harvest Summary to learn more at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/hunting/harvest-summary.html.
We are still monitoring for Chronic Wasting Disease. Each year we test over 300 deer for CWD and fortunately 2020 data also showed that New Hampshire continues to remain free of the disease, which is devastating to deer. Please help keep CWD from entering the state by not using natural urine-based deer lures. These have the potential to spread the infection, since the lures do not undergo any quality control or treatment that might inactivate or kill disease-causing agents. If you harvest a deer in a state with CWD you must be sure to follow New Hampshire's carcass restrictions, www.wildlife.state.nh.us/wildlife/cwd/index.html.
We finished season setting this spring, and for a number of species, including deer, turkey, and bear, we were able to increase opportunities for hunters in some areas. So it promises to be another great year to get out in the woods. Thanks for hunting in New Hampshire and be safe. Always be sure of your target, clean up after yourself, and display good sportsmanship. Please be sure to thank a landowner too. See you out there!
Scott R. Mason
N.H. Fish and Game Department
N.H. Fish and Game — Our Mission
As the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife, and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:
- Conserve, manage, and protect these resources and their habitats;
- Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
- Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.
The N.H. Fish and Game Department receives Federal Assistance from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, please contact or write the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, 4001 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR – 4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Programs.