Deer Hunting in New Hampshire

Opening Day for New Hampshire's 2015 regular firearm deer season is November 11.

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

2014 deer season dates - by WMU

What's new?

Special Deer Permits:

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!
2014 N.H. DEER SEASON DATES

TYPE

INCLUSIVE
DATES

WILDLIFE
MGMT. UNITS

ARCHERY

Any Deer

Sept. 15 – Dec. 8

A

Any Deer

Sept. 15 – Dec. 15

B – M

YOUTH WEEKEND

Any Deer

Oct. 25 – Oct. 26

STATEWIDE

MUZZLELOADER

Antlered Only

Nov. 1 – Nov. 11

C1, C2, D1, D2-East, E, F, G2, I1, I2,

Any Deer
Antlered Only

Nov. 1
Nov. 2 – Nov. 11

A, B, J1

Any Deer
Antlered Only

Nov. 1 – Nov. 2
Nov. 3 – Nov. 11

D2-West

Any Deer
Antlered Only

Nov. 1 – Nov. 3
Nov. 4 – Nov. 11

G1, H1, H2, J2, K

Any Deer

Nov. 1 – Nov. 11

L, M

FIREARM

Antlered Only

Nov. 12 – Dec. 7

C1, C2, D1, D2-East, E, F, G2, I1, I2, J1

Any Deer
Antlered Only

Nov. 12
Nov. 13 – Nov. 30

A

Any Deer
Antlered Only

Nov. 12
Nov. 13 – Dec. 7

B

Any Deer
Antlered Only

Nov. 12 – Nov. 13
Nov. 14 – Dec. 7

D2-West, H1, H2, K

Any Deer
Antlered Only

Nov. 12 – Nov. 14
Nov. 15 – Dec. 7

G1, J2

Any Deer
Antlered Only

Nov. 12 – Nov. 21
Nov. 22 – Dec. 7

L, M


BAITING*

Oct. 22 – Nov. 19

A - L

Sept. 15 – Dec. 15

M

*** Any Deer dates during the baiting season are the same as the Any Deer dates for the corresponding season (archery, youth, muzzleloader, or firearm) and WMU being hunted. Further restrictions apply. A full list of rules regarding baiting wildlife in New Hampshire can be found in the Fis 300 section of the NH Code of Administrative Rules or online at gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/fis300.html.

2015 FIREARM OPENING DAY: NOVEMBER 11, 2015


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 23 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 Pennsylvania, 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.

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