Linda Verville: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
October 31, 2005

Where Can I Hunt and Shoot in New Hampshire?
Online Resources include WMA Guide, List of Fish and Game Clubs

CONCORD, N.H. -- Longtime hunters often have their own special places where they go year after year to tag a deer. For those new to hunting or looking for a new area to explore, help is a mouse click away. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website,, has several good resources to help you find places to hunt and target shoot:

  • The Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Guide offers detailed information about the largest 24 WMAs in the state. One of New Hampshire's best-kept hunting secrets, these areas include thousands of acres of undeveloped public land owned by Fish and Game and designated as areas for wildlife resource conservation, hunting and fishing. Click here for the WMA Guide.

  • Guidelines for hunting Federal and state-owned lands. Most state and federal lands in New Hampshire allow hunting, including the 751,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. The Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) owns a total of 201,513 acres (117 state forests, 41 state parks and 63 other tracts). DRED also manages three flood control areas totaling 13,446 acres and has conservation easements on thousands of additional acres. (Note that DRED has closed some state lands in fall 2005 because of flooding, so before you head out, check on potential closures by visiting For answers from Fish and Game to common questions about hunting on state-owned lands, click here.

  • Tips on hunting private lands. Public lands are an important resource, but more than three-fourths of hunting in New Hampshire occurs on private property. This activity is only possible because of the generosity of many landowners. Always use courtesy and common sense when hunting on any private land, including timber and paper lands. Personally ask for and gain permission before going hunting; treat the land and the landowner with the highest respect; leave no trace of your presence. Be extra careful on wet roads and trails, which are prone to damage this year after record amounts of rain. The Fish and Game website provides a helpful refresher on these and other ideas for keeping up good relations with landowners; click here for a Q&A on landowner/hunter relations.

The New Hampshire Atlas and Gazetteer from the DeLorme map company (available for purchase from most bookstores, from Fish and Game headquarters, or click here for Fish and Game's online store) is an indispensable resource for hunters. It shows many conservation easement properties, public lands and WMAs throughout the state -- look for the shaded green parcels - as well as the White Mountain National Forest lands in darker green.

So, fire up your computer, get out your Gazetteer, and hunt New Hampshire this fall.

For online hunting license purchases, click here.

For hunting season dates and details in New Hampshire, click here.

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