New Hampshire’s hunting seasons underway

CONCORD – New Hampshire’s hunting seasons kicked off on Sept. 1 with the opening of black bear and gray squirrel seasons. Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer get underway Sept. 15. The statewide resident Canada goose hunt runs Sept. 1-25.

Highlights of New Hampshire’s hunting seasons can be found in the newly published New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest, which includes New Hampshire hunting season dates, bag limits, check station locations and more. Hunters and trappers can pick up a free copy from Fish and Game or their local license agent when they buy their license, or view it online at

Looking ahead, the much-anticipated regular firearms deer hunting season opens on Nov. 8. Both the archery and regular firearms seasons for deer continue to end one week early in Widlife Management Unit A. Check the Hunting Digest for Wildlife Management Unit-specific either-sex deer hunting regulations. The fall shotgun turkey season will again run seven days (Oct. 16-22) and provide weekend hunting opportunities.

Following is a general overview of New Hampshire’s fall hunting seasons (please be sure to consult the digest or visit the Fish and Game website at for additional information):

2017 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons


Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (ends Dec. 8 in WMU A)

Youth Deer Weekend: Oct. 21-22

Muzzleloader: Oct. 28-Nov. 7

Firearms: Nov. 8-Dec. 3 (ends Nov. 26 in WMU A)

BLACK BEAR: Starts Sept. 1 (end varies by WMU)

GRAY SQUIRREL: Sept. 1-Dec. 31

SNOWSHOE HARE: Oct. 1-March 31 (bag limit varies by WMU)

RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 1-Dec. 31

MOOSE: Oct. 21-29 (by permit only)


Shotgun turkey: Oct. 16-22 (certain WMUs)

Archery turkey: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (ends Dec. 8 in WMU A)

If you need a hunter education class, don’t delay! Register online at

Apprentice hunting licenses are an option for people age 16 and older who want to try hunting, but have not taken hunter education. It allows hunting under the guidance of a licensed hunter age 18 or older. The option remains popular. In 2016, a total of 510 individuals (351 men and 159 women) ranging in age from 16-70-plus took advantage of the apprentice license program in New Hampshire, hunting everything from deer to migratory waterfowl. Apprentice licenses are available only at Fish and Game headquarters. Learn more at

As the fall hunting seasons begin, Fish and Game urges hunters not to use natural urine-based deer lures. These products can potentially spread chronic wasting disease, a neurological disorder that is always fatal to white-tailed deer and moose. Synthetic lures are suggested. Do your part and help our deer herd. Learn more at

New Hampshire hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online anytime at

So get out and enjoy New Hampshire’s big woods, with more than a million acres of public land open to hunting. Find more information about hunting in New Hampshire at