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      September 7, 2011

2011/2012 NH Hunting Digest

New 2011-2012 N.H. Hunting Digest Is Out!

CONCORD, N.H. -- The 2011-2012 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest is hot off the press, featuring New Hampshire hunting season dates, bag limits, check stations and lots more need-to-know information for the state's hunters and trappers. Pick up a free copy from your local Fish and Game license agent when you buy your license, or see

New Hampshire's hunting seasons started on September 1 with the opening of the black bear and gray squirrel seasons. The statewide season for resident Canada geese runs September 6-25 (waterfowl hunting dates are not included in the digest, but can be found online at

Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer open September 15. As was true last year, only antlered deer may be taken by bow and arrow from September 15-30.

Opening day for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer hunting season is November 9. As in recent years, both the archery and regular firearms seasons for deer will continue to end one week early in WMU A.

Special Antlerless Deer Permits for Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire are still available. Hunters have the option of purchasing one tag for $13 or two tags for $26 at the time of initial purchase. Unit M Antlerless permits MAY NOT be used in September. The special permits can be purchased online at or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

Following is a general overview of New Hampshire's fall hunting seasons (please be sure to consult the Digest for additional information and regulation details):

2011 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons

* Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (ends Dec. 8 in WMU A; antlered only Sept. 15-30 statewide)
* Youth Deer Weekend: Oct. 22-23
* Muzzleloader: Oct. 29-Nov. 8
* Firearms: Nov. 9-Dec. 4 (in WMU A, ends Nov. 27)

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

MOOSE: Oct. 15-23 (by permit only)

      * Shotgun: Oct. 10-14 (certain WMUs)
      * Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (closed in WMU A)

So get out and enjoy New Hampshire's big woods, with more than a million acres of public land open to hunting.  If you need a hunter education class, don't delay! You can register online at

New Hampshire hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online anytime at

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