CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire’s hunting seasons kick off on September 1 with the opening of black bear and gray squirrel seasons. Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer get underway September 15. The statewide resident Canada goose hunt runs September 1-25, 2017.
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 www.huntnh.com/hunting/publications.html.
Looking ahead, the much-anticipated regular firearms deer hunting season opens on November 8. Both the archery and regular firearms seasons for deer continue to end one week early in WMU A. Check the Hunting Digest for Wildlife Management Unit (WMU)-specific either-sex deer hunting regulations. The fall shotgun turkey season will again run 7 days (October 16-22) and provide weekend hunting opportunity.
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 www.huntnh.com for additional information):
2017 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons
Archery: September 15-December 15 (ends December 8 in WMU A)
Youth Deer Weekend: October 21-22
Muzzleloader: October 28-November 7
Firearms: November 8-December 3 (ends November 26 in WMU A)
BLACK BEAR: Starts September 1 (end varies by WMU)
GRAY SQUIRREL: September 1-December 31
SNOWSHOE HARE: October 1-March 31 (bag limit varies by WMU)
RUFFED GROUSE: October 1-December 31
MOOSE: October 21-29 (by permit only)
Shotgun turkey: October 16-22 (certain WMUs)
Archery turkey: September 15-December 15 (ends December 8 in WMU A)
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 to 70+ 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 www.huntnh.com/hunting/apprentice.html.
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 (CWD), 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 www.huntnh.com/wildlife/cwd.