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October 6, 2009     

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Fall Turkey Hunting In New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire's five-day fall shotgun turkey hunting season takes place Monday through Friday, October 12-16, 2009, in 8 select Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in the Connecticut River Valley and southwest portions of the state (WMUs D1, D2, G, H1, H2, I1, I2 and K). The fall archery season for turkey runs September 15 - December 15 statewide (except WMU A in northern N.H.).

New Hampshire's turkey license comes with 2 tags, one for use during the spring gobbler season, and one for use during either the fall archery or the fall shotgun turkey season.  Hunters are restricted to taking a single turkey during the fall, either with bow and arrow during the archery season, or with a shotgun during the fall shotgun season. The bird must be tagged with the "fall" tag that comes on the regular turkey license.

Fall shotgun turkey hunters should be extremely selective in deciding when to shoot, both as a matter of safety and to guard against hitting more than one bird with a single shot, according to Wildlife Biologist Mark Ellingwood.  "Even if the turkeys are not flocked up, their cryptic coloration, coupled with the pellet pattern cast by a shotgun, requires that hunters exercise caution  when choosing a shot," Ellingwood says.  He also reminds hunters to use good judgment in deciding where to pursue turkey flocks:  "Pursuit of flocks visible from public roadways is discouraged for reasons of safety and fair chase."

Last fall, shotgun hunters tallied 297 turkeys from the 8 WMUs open to fall shotgun turkey hunting, all in the western half of the state.  Participants in the fall shotgun turkey season need both a turkey license ($16 for N.H. residents or $31 for nonresidents) and a current regular New Hampshire hunting license.  Hunters can purchase licenses online at or from any Fish and Game license agent.

New Hampshire's fall archery season for turkey runs from September 15 through December 15.  During the 2008 fall archery season, a total of 211 turkeys were harvested, down from 418 the previous year.  The wide-ranging behavior of turkeys during good natural food years is thought to reduce archery success.

For more information on turkey hunting in New Hampshire, visit

New Hampshire currently has an estimated 40,000 wild turkeys statewide.

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