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September 4, 2008     

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

CONCORD, N.H. - Fall is in the air, and some of New Hampshire's hunting seasons are already underway.  The 2008-2009 New Hampshire Hunting Digest is hot off the press, with most everything you need to know about hunting in the Granite State.  The pocket-sized publication is available online at www.HuntNH.com (click on the orange publication cover) or pick up a free copy when you buy your license from Fish and Game license agents across the state.

The Hunting Digest provides details about New Hampshire's hunting seasons, plus bag limits, Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) boundaries, license prices, check stations and other information hunters need.  New Hampshire hunting seasons already underway include the bear and gray squirrel seasons, which began September 1; and the September season for resident Canada geese, which began September 2.  Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer start September 15; most small game hunting, including grouse and pheasant, begins October 1.  Opening day for New Hampshire's most popular hunting season -- firearms deer hunting -- is November 12, 2008. 

Another hunting resource, the 2007 N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary, provides a useful guide to the status of wildlife populations in different WMUs and towns around the state.  It includes the most recent harvest statistics and hunting/trophy records.  This report can be accessed at www.HuntNH.com/Hunting/hunting.htm (click on the tan publication cover at right).

If you need a hunter education class -- required for first-time hunting license holders - sign up for one right away.  Several course offerings are available in September; they are listed at www.HuntNH.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_schedule.htm, or call (603) 271-3212. 

2008 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons at a glance:

WHITE-TAILED DEER:

Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (closes Dec. 8 in WMU A*)     
Youth Deer Weekend: Oct. 25-26 (note new residency restrictions, below**)
Firearms:  Nov. 12 - Dec. 7 (closes Nov. 30 in WMU A*)
Muzzleloader: Nov. 1 - Nov. 11 (opens Nov. 3 in WMU A*)

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

GRAY SQUIRREL: Sept. 1-Dec. 31

SNOWSHOE HARE:
Oct. 1-March 31 (bag limit varies by WMU)

RUFFED GROUSE:
Oct. 1-Dec. 31

WOODCOCK:
Oct. 6-Nov. 4

MOOSE:
Oct. 18-26 (by permit only, allocated by lottery)

FALL TURKEY
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Shotgun: Oct. 13-17 (certain WMUs only)
Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (Closed in WMU A)

*For 2008, WMU A in northern New Hampshire continues to have an antler point restriction and shortened season dates for deer. Please consult the Hunting Digest for more details.

**Starting this year, non-resident youth hunters may participate in the New Hampshire Youth Deer Hunt Weekend only if New Hampshire youth may hunt in their state if it holds a special youth deer hunt. Currently, Vermont youths may not participate in this fall's New Hampshire youth deer hunt because of residency restrictions on youth hunting in Vermont.

For specific hunting dates and seasons, see the 2008-2009 N.H. Hunting Digest. 

Pick up some new hunting tips in the company of fellow hunters at a series of free evening hunting talks being offered by the N.H. Fish and Game Department in September.  Talks begin at 7 p.m.  For more details and directions, visit www.HuntNH.com/Newsroom/News_2008/News_2008_Q3/Game_Gab_Overview_082508.html or call 603-271-6355.  Upcoming hunting talks include:

  • Fall Turkey Hunting Tactics, with registered hunting guide John Asseng (Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord);
  • Scouting and Patterning this Year's Buck, with N.H. state record buck holder, John Klucky (Wednesday, September 17, 2008, Fish and Game Headquarters, Concord);
  • Fall Turkey Hunting Tactics, with registered hunting guide John Asseng (Tuesday, September 23, 2008, Fish and Game Region 4 Office, Keene, N.H.)
  • Sea Duck Hunting, with Ray Jackson of Buck-Gardner Game Calls (Tuesday, September 30, 2008, Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, N.H.)

Fish and Game also is offering a free waterfowl hunting seminar, taught by veteran waterfowler Pete Lester, on Saturday, September 13, 2008, from 9 a.m. - noon at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.  Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call (603) 536-3954.

New Hampshire hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online at www.HuntNH.com or from license agents statewide.

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