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Anne Arpey: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
October 6, 2006

N.H. Hunting Digest: Your Guide to Hunting in the Granite State

CONCORD, N.H. -- Crisp fall days signal the start of hunting season in New Hampshire. The best overview of hunting in the Granite State is the 2006-2007 N.H. Hunting Digest, Fish and Game's handy, pocket-sized publication, available at (click here and on orange publication cover) or pick up a free copy at New Hampshire Fish and Game offices and license agents.

The Hunting Digest provides details about New Hampshire's hunting seasons, plus bag limits, wildlife management unit (WMU) boundaries, regulations, check stations and other information hunters need. Pick one up soon, because New Hampshire's 2006 fall hunting seasons are already underway -- bear season began September 1; archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer started September 15; small game season - including grouse and pheasant - got going on October 1 (gray squirrel hunting started September 1); the state's newest hunting season, fall shotgun turkey, will take place October 16-20, 2006, in southwestern New Hampshire; the nine-day moose hunt is October 21-29; and the state's popular firearms deer season is only about a month away (it starts November 8).

Start your scouting with the 2005 Wildlife Harvest Summary, your guide to the status of wildlife populations in different wildlife management units (WMUs) and towns, including 2005 age and sex ratios, kill statistics and hunting/trophy records. This free report can be picked up at New Hampshire Fish and Game offices or accessed online (click here and on the publication cover).

If you need a hunter education class (required for first-time hunting license holders), you better get going! There are still a few classes left with space, but that won't last long. Click here for course offerings, or call (603) 271-3212.

New Hampshire's 2006 fall hunting seasons at a glance:

  • White-tailed deer*
    -- Archery: Sept. 15 - Dec. 15
    -- Youth deer weekend: Oct. 21 - Oct. 22
    -- Muzzeloader: Oct. 28 - Nov. 7
    -- Firearms: Nov. 8 - Dec. 3 (ends Nov. 26 in WMU A)
  • Black bear*: Starts Sept. 1 (end varies by WMU)
  • Fall wild turkey*
    -- Archery: Sept. 15 - Dec. 15
    -- Shotgun: Oct. 16 - Oct. 20, 2006 (certain WMUs only)
  • Pheasant: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31
  • Snowshoe hare*: Oct. 1 - March 15 or 31
  • Ruffed grouse: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31
  • Moose: Oct. 21 - Oct. 29 (by lottery only)
  • Waterfowl*: Sept. 2006 - Jan. 2007

*Season dates vary by location and hunting method; click here for more details.

Don't let another season get away! If you've bought a hunting license since 2000, you can purchase your hunting license and permits online anytime (click here for online hunting license and permit sales). You can also buy licenses and permits at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord, or from local license agents around the state.

Be sure to wear an article of blaze orange clothing when you're heading afield.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's marine, fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.

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