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 Season Dates 2021

SeasonDatesZones
ArcherySept 15- Dec 15, 2020WMU A
MuzzleloaderOct 31- Nov 10, 2020
FirearmsNov 11- Dec 6, 2020WMU A

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