Apprentice Hunting License

"Take a friend – Make a hunter"


Do you have a friend who might enjoy hunting? The Apprentice Hunting license allows people to try hunting, under the guidance of an experienced hunter, without having to take a Hunter Education course.

Key points to remember:

  • Supervision required: The Apprentice License holder is allowed to hunt only when accompanied by a properly licensed person who is 18 years of age or older. "Accompanied" means maintaining actual physical direction and control -- keeping the apprentice within sight and hearing at all times (without use of electronic devices).

  • Good all year: The Apprentice License is valid from the date of purchase through the end of the calendar year. It may not be used to hunt moose and does not apply to the three-day small game license.

  • License fees: The apprentice license costs the same as a regular resident or nonresident hunting license.

  • Where to buy it: Apprentice licenses can be purchased only at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H., or by mail (click here for an apprentice hunting license application). Theyare not available at license agents or online.
  • Once in a lifetime: You can buy an Apprentice Hunting License only once in your lifetime.

  • If you want to hunt in a future year, you must first complete a hunter education or bowhunter education course, then buy a regular New Hampshire hunting license. You can register for Hunter Education courses (traditional or online) at


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NH Fish and Game Dept.
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

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