Deer Hunting in New Hampshire

Opening Day for New Hampshire's 2014 regular firearm deer season is November 12.

General Deer Season Dates:

  • Archery: Sept. 15 - Dec. 15, 2014 (closes December 8 in WMU A)
  • Muzzleloader: November 1 - Nov. 11, 2014 Statewide
  • Firearms: November 12-December 7, 2014 (closes November 30 in WMU A)
  • Youth Deer Weekend: Oct. 25 - 26, 2014

Deer-hunting links:

Resources for Deer Hunters:

Special rules for WMU A: The archery and rifle deer seasons are shortened in WMU A -- please note specific dates below.

Did You Know?

  • OPEN LAND: NH has more than 200,000 acres of state land; 750,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest; and thousands of acres of private land open to hunting.
  • SUNDAY HUNTING: We have it, some states don't... we won't name any names!
2013 N.H. DEER SEASON DATES

Please note: 2014 is a biennial season-setting year; final deer season dates will be finalized through the rule-making process, with hearings on March 31, April 2 and April 3, 2014. For hearing locations and details of the proposed rules, including a chart of proposed deer days for each WMU, click here.

Season
Inclusive Dates

Wildlife Management
Units

ARCHERY Any deer Sept. 15-
Dec. 8
WMU A: Archery deer season ends one week early
Any deer Sept. 15-
Dec. 15
B-M
 
MUZZLELOADER Any deer Nov. 2-12 L, M
Antlered deer only Nov. 2-Nov. 12 A-D1, D2-EAST, E, F, G2, I1, I2, J1
Any deer Nov. 2-Nov. 3 D2-west, G1
Antlered deer only Nov. 4-Nov. 12
Any deer Nov. 2-Nov. 4 H1, H2, J2, K
Antlered deer only Nov. 5-Nov. 12
 
FIREARM Antlered deer only Nov. 13-Dec. 1 WMU A: Firearm deer season ends one week early
Antlered deer only Nov. 13-Dec. 8 B-D1, D2-EAST, E, F, G2, I1, I2, J1
Any deer

Nov. 13-Nov. 14

D2-west, G1, H1, H2, J2, K
Antlered deer only Nov. 15-Dec. 8
Any deer Nov. 13-Nov. 22 L, M
Antlered deer only Nov. 23-Dec. 8
Antlerless deer only 4,000 permittees in Unit M; Click here for info
 
YOUTH HUNT Any deer statewide Oct. 26-27 Click here for details.


Managing the Deer Population

Help Keep CWD Out of New Hampshire

Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is a brain disease that is fatal to deer and elk that continues to be a concern to deer hunters and managers in New Hampshire and New England. Annual monitoring efforts since 2002 have not detected CWD in any New England state. Prevention of CWD in New Hampshire remains a top priority.

Hunters travelling outside of NH should be aware that regulations prohibit the importation into New Hampshire of hunter-killed deer and elk carcasses or parts of carcasses from the 19 U.S. states and Canadian provinces where CWD has been found, except for de-boned meat, antlers, antlers attached to skull caps with all soft tissue removed, upper canine teeth with all soft tissue removed, hides or capes with no part of the head attached and finished taxidermy mounts. New York remains the state closest to New Hampshire where CWD has been found, but other eastern states where CWD has been detected include Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

Where to Stay in NH
For lodging and camping information, visit the New Hampshire Office of Travel & Tourism Development at www.visitnh.gov.

visitnh.gov

 


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