Wild Turkey Hunting in NH
New Hampshire's spring gobbler season runs May 3-31, with a youth turkey weekend held just prior to the opening of the spring gobbler season.
New Hampshire offers fall turkey hunters a 3-month autumn archery season from September 15 to December 15, as well as a fall shotgun opportunity in many WMUs (Click here for map).
Turkey hunting regulations also can be found in the N.H. Hunting Digest (click here)
Did you know? New Hampshire has an estimated 40,000 wild turkeys statewide!
- Turkey registration stations -- CLICK HERE and look for stations with a "T" for turkey
- Know hens from gobblers
- Turkey Hunting Safety
- Turkey trend charts population
- Tips on cleaning your turkey
- Read "Turkey Music" - NHWJ article about turkey hunting
- May 3 to May 31: Statewide
- Limit: One male or bearded turkey
- Hunting hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 12 noon.
- Legal methods: Archery or shotgun (10, 12, 16 or 20 gauge shotgun using 2 or smaller size shot)
- Registration: The fully feathered, intact turkey must be registered and sealed
within 24 hours of the time of taking.
New Hampshire's youth turkey hunt is held statewide on the first weekend prior to May 3 (Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015). During the special weekend, youth hunters are allowed to take one male or bearded turkey by archery or shotgun. Youth hunters are required to purchase a turkey license in order to participate, although they do not need to possess a hunting license. Youths must be age 15 or younger, and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older; the adult may not carry a firearm.
- Read "Turkey Tales" N.H. Wildlife
Journal article about the youth turkey hunt.
2015 Fall Archery Season
One wild turkey of either sex may be taken by archery.
- Sept. 15 - Dec. 15: WMUs B-M
- Sept. 15 - Dec. 8: WMU A
- Combined limit: One turkey, either sex
- Legal methods: Archery only
- Hunting hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
- Registration: The fully feathered, intact turkey must be registered and sealed within 24 hours of the time of taking.
- Season dates: Monday through Friday, October 12-16, 2015
Purchase of a turkey permit (and a N.H. hunting license for those age 16 - 67) allows the taking of one male turkey during the spring gobbler season AND one male or hen turkey during the fall. Hunters may take only a single turkey during the fall, either with bow and arrow during the archery season, or with a shotgun during the shotgun season. The bird must be tagged with the "fall" tag
Shooting hours for the fall season will begin one-half hour before sunrise and end one-half hour after sunset. The fully feathered, intact turkey must be registered and sealed within 24 hours of the time of taking.
General Turkey Hunting Info
- For details on seasons, shooting hours, and other rules, please consult the N.H. Hunting and Trapping Digest.
- It is unlawful to
take a turkey with a rifle, dogs, electronic calling devices,
live decoys, or while it is perched in a tree.
- EXCEPTION: Dogs are allowed during the NH fall turkey season only to facilitate the hunter in breaking up the flocks.
- If using a bow, it must be at least a 30-pound-pull bow.
- The name and address of the archer shall be plainly printed on each arrow. Fixed blade broadheads shall not be less than 7/8 inch wide. Retractable blade broadheads may be smaller than 7/8 inch wide in flight, but not less than 7/8 inch wide when open. There is no maximum size restriction on fixed blade or retractable blade broadheads.
- The turkey must be tagged immediately upon killing. Registration is required, and the bird must be fully feathered and intact, but may be gutted. A $2 registration fee is required.
- Companion hunting: A person who has taken a turkey may assist another properly licensed turkey hunter by calling only. The person assisting by calling shall not possess a firearm or bow and arrow.
The turkey license required to hunt turkey in New Hampshire covers both the spring and fall turkey seasons; the price is $16 for residents and $31 for non-residents. In addition to the turkey license, residents also must have a current N.H. hunting, archery or combination license, and nonresidents must have a big game hunting or archery license, depending on their hunting plans. Click here to buy your license or permit online.
Create Turkey Habitat!
Are you working to improve conditions on your land for wild turkeys? Click here for tips from the National Wild Turkey Federation on creating wildlife openings.
Turkeys: A Wildlife Restoration Success Story
New Hampshire offers excellent opportunities for hunting wild turkey. This is possible today only because turkeys have made an amazing comeback in New Hampshire. By 1854, the birds had completelydisappeared in the state because of habitat loss and market and subsistence hunting - and the fact that no Fish and Game Department existed to regulate these activities. Restoration efforts began in 1975, when Fish and Game released 25 wild turkeys in New Hampshire; careful management based on good science has allowed that initial introduction to grow to more than 40,000 birds today. This population is a true wildlife restoration success story in the Granite State -- thanks to the Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program!