New Hampshire hunting seasons offer standard game animals, including turkey, deer, pheasant and small game. But, what you might not expect from the small state are two larger game options: moose and black bear.
New Hampshire features more than 200,000 acres of state land and more than 750,000 acres of the White Mountain National forest, much of which is accessible to hunters. Unlike many states, the Granite State offers Sunday hunting.
Hunting licenses are available for state residents and nonresidents. Licenses can be purchased by mail, from a license agent or online.
|Archery||Sept. 15-Dec. 15|
|Muzzleloader||Oct. 29-Nov. 8|
|Firearms||Nov. 9-Dec. 4*|
|Youth Hunt||Oct. 25-26|
*Firearms season closes early in some areas. For more information about hunting in New Hampshire’s wildlife management units, visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game website.
Deer permits are required, only one deer may be harvested per permit. Antlered and antlerless may be harvested within the same season dates, but regions may have differing regulations. For additional information, be sure to visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website.
Black Bear Seasons
|Regular Season||Sept. 1-Nov. 22*|
|Baiting Season||Sept. 1-28|
|Dog Season||Sept. 21-Nov.8**|
*New Hampshire has varying season dates by region. For more information on regional hunting dates, visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website.
**Some hunting regions have eliminated the 2016 black bear dog season. For see if this season has been eliminated in your area, visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website.
New Hampshire prohibits the use of chocolate as bear bait, as chocolate could be potential toxic to bears if eaten in large quantities.
|Regular Season||Oct. 15-23|
*Moose harvest is regulated by lottery-style permits.
Wild Turkey Seasons
|Fall Turkey, Archery||Sept. 15-Dec. 8*|
|Fall Turkey, Firearms||Oct. 10-16|
|Spring Turkey, All methods||May 3-31|
|Spring Youth Hunt||Apr. 20-May 1|
|Regular Season||Oct. 1-Dec. 31|
*Pheasant licenses are required.
Small Game Seasons
|Snowshoe Hare||Oct. 1-Mar. 31|
|Cottontail Rabbit||Oct. 1-Dec. 31|
|Gray Squirrel||Sept. 1-Dec. 31|
|Ruffed Grouse||Oct. 1-Dec. 31|
|Northern Bobwhite Quail||Oct. 1-Dec. 31|
|Chukar||Oct. 1-Dec. 31|
|Hungarian Partridge||Oct. 1-Dec. 31|
|Crow||Aug. 15- Nov. 30
|Woodcock||Oct. 1-Nov. 14|
|Ring-necked Pheasant||Oct. 1-31*|
*Additional pheasant license required
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for New Hampshire hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website.