About Hunting in New Hampshire

More than 70% of New Hampshire’s land is under private ownership, the key to a quality hunt is to access private lands. The beginning of the season starts with Deer on Sept 15 and it has tripled in 30 years, here’s the science behind Fish and Games deer management success from maintaining the hunt dates required each year from sportsmen as well as sportswomen.

New Hampshire Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Deer, Bear

Small Game: Rabbit

Birds: Turkey, Waterfowl, Pheasant, Ruffed Grouse

New Hampshire Hunting Season zones

New Hampshire Deer Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonDatesZonesType
ArcherySept 15 – Dec 8, 2021AAny deer
Sept 15 – Dec 15, 2021B-MAny deer
Youth Weekend*Oct 23 – 24, 2021StatewideAny Deer
MuzzleloaderOct. 30 – Nov. 9A, B, C1, C2, D1,
D2-East, E, F
Antlered Only
Oct. 30G2, I1, I2Any Deer
Oct. 31 – Nov. 9G2, I1, I2Antlered Only
Oct. 30 – Oct. 31J1Any Deer
Nov. 1 – Nov. 9J1Antlered Only
Oct. 30 – Nov. 1H1, H2, KAny Deer
Nov. 2 – Nov. 9H1, H2, KAntlered Only
Oct. 30 – Nov. 2D2-West, J2Any Deer
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9D2-West, J2Antlered Only
Oct. 30 – Nov. 3G1Any Deer
Nov. 4 – Nov. 9G1Antlered Only
Oct. 30 – Nov. 9L, MAny Deer
FirearmNov. 10 – Nov. 28AAntlered Only
Nov. 10 – Dec. 5B, C1, C2, D1, D2-EastAntlered Only
Nov. 10E, F, G2, I1, I2Any Deer
Nov. 11 – Dec. 5E, F, G2, I1, I2Antlered Only
Nov. 10 – Nov. 11J1Any Deer
Nov. 12 – Dec. 5J1Antlered Only
Nov. 10 – Nov. 12H1, H2, J2, KAny Deer
Nov. 13 – Dec. 5H1, H2, J2, KAntlered Only
Nov. 10 – Nov. 13D2-WestAny Deer
Nov. 14 – Dec. 5D2-WestAntlered Only
Nov. 10 – Nov. 14G1Any Deer
Nov. 15 – Dec. 5G1Antlered Only
Nov. 10 – Nov. 19L, MAny Deer
Nov. 20 – Dec. 5L, MAntlered Only

New Hampshire Hunting License Info

Purchase Licenses or Permits at : https://www.nhfishandgame.com/

LicenseResidentNonresident
Hunting/ Freshwater Fishing Combo$56.00$151.00
Hunting$32.00$83.00
Special Deer Archery$26.00$26.00
Muzzleloader$16.00$41.00
Pheasant$31.00$31.00
Bear$16.00$48.00

New Hampshire Hunting News

Prior to the early 1980s deer seasons were set by the legislature. For most part , management of deer coincides with a north/south split. Due to overharvesting of female deer, there are an estimated 30 million white tailed deer that are all distributed throughout the US. In New Hampshire the white tailed deer population is approximately 100,000 individuals.

The area of greatest densities are along the southern counties and the Connecticut River Valley, (Grafton County). In 2014 the NH Fish began revisiting its 10 year management plant for deer, moose turkey , black bear , hare and ruffed grouse. Population goals for deer were adjusted to closely reflect the current biological conditions, whether stabilizing , increasing or reducing the goal is the same, to stabilize habitats.

Links to Official Sites

Buy license in New Hampshire: https://www.nhfishandgame.com/
New Hampshire State Regulation Site
Https://nema.nebraska.gov/preparedness/nebraska-homeland-security
State PDF: https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/pubs/documents/samples/leaps-bounds.pdf