Mark Ellingwood: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
September 29, 2003

Pheasant Season Opens October 1

CONCORD, N.H. -- With the October 1 start of pheasant hunting season comes a reminder from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to hunt carefully. "We urge hunters to follow a few simple guidelines to hunt safely and enjoy their time hunting pheasants," says Sean Williamson, a coordinator for Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program. "Pheasant hunting is a lot of fun. It's a great time to be out there. But we want people to do it safely."

Safety tips for pheasant hunters:

  • Control your firearm muzzle at all times.
  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Know where your hunting partners are at all times.
  • Shoot only within your zone of fire.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  • Always keep your hunting dog under control.
  • Wear hunter orange on your head, back and chest.

Pheasant season opens October 1 and continues through December 31. There is a daily bag limit of 2 birds and a season limit of 10. A hunter may harvest two hens as part of the daily limit. To hunt pheasant, one must have a valid New Hampshire hunting license and $16 pheasant license.

About 13,000 adult ring-necked pheasants will be released in all 10 counties (50 towns, 76 sites) during the three-month season, an average of 120 birds per site. Pheasant hunting in New Hampshire is made possible by dozens of landowners who allow their properties to be used as stocking release sites. Fish and Game asks that hunters respect the rights of landowners, and express their appreciation to the landowners that participate in this program.

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