Linda Verville: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
September 24, 2007

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 resource for hunting in the Granite State is the 2007-2008 N.H. Hunting Digest, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's handy, pocket-sized publication, available at (click here and on the orange publication cover at right), or pick up a free copy at 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 your copy up soon, because New Hampshire's hunting seasons are already underway. Bear season began September 1; archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer started September 15; most small game hunting, including grouse and pheasant, begins October 1. New Hampshire's most popular season -- firearms deer hunting - opens on November 14, 2007.

New this year, the woodcock season will start on October 6, 2007, a week later than usual. Also, in WMU A in northern New Hampshire, a new antler restriction and shortened season dates for deer are in effect. Please consult the Hunting Digest for more details.

Start your scouting with the 2006 N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary, your guide to the status of wildlife populations in different wildlife management units (WMUs) and towns, including the most recent harvest statistics and hunting/trophy records. This report can be accessed at (click here and on the publication cover at right).

If you need a hunter education class (required for first-time hunting license holders), you better get going! There are still a few course offerings left; for listings, click here, or call (603) 271-3212.

2007 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons at a glance:


  • Youth Deer Weekend: Oct. 27-28
  • Firearms: Nov. 14 - Dec. 9 (closes Dec. 2 in WMU A*)
  • Muzzleloader: Nov. 3 - Nov. 13 (opens Nov. 5 in WMU A*)
  • Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (closes Dec. 8 in WMU A*)

BLACK BEAR: Starts Sept. 1 (end varies by WMU)

GRAY SQUIRREL: Sept. 1-Dec. 31 (Closed in WMUs A, B and C1)

SNOWSHOE HARE: Oct. 1-March 15 or 31 (end dates and bag limit varies by WMU)

RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 1-Dec. 31

WOODCOCK: Oct. 6-Nov. 4

MOOSE: Oct. 20-28 (by lottery only)


  • Shotgun: Oct. 15-19 (in certain WMUs only)
  • Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (Closed in WMU A)

For specific hunting dates and seasons, check the 2007-2008 N.H. Hunting Digest. Hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online at or from license agents statewide. (*An antler-point restriction is in place in WMU A; click here for more information.)

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