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2016 License Fee Changes

In 2016, Fish and Game raised hunting and fishing license fees in order to be able to continue providing services to sportsmen and women. The Legislature had given the Department authority to set license fees. Discounted licenses for seniors were also implemented.


License Prices Had Not Changed in more than a Decade

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Prices had been static, but Fish and Game's expenses had gone up.  The Consumer Price Index reflected a 31% increase since license prices had last been raised in 2003. Learn more about Fish and Game's funding challenges.


Discounted Licenses for Resident Seniors

Those who turn age 68 on or after January 1, 2016, may purchase an annual license at the discounted price of $7 (transaction and wildlife habitat fees may apply): Senior Freshwater Fishing or Senior Combination Hunting and Fishing licenses are available online or at any license agent. Senior Muzzleloader and Senior Archery licenses are $3. Residents must be at least 68 at the time of purchase to qualify for senior rates.


If you were born on December 31, 1947, or earlier, your permanent hunting and fishing license is grandfathered in. This is a free license that can only be obtained at Fish and Game headquarters or Regional Offices 1 (Lancaster), 2 (New Hampton) and 4 (Keene).


A permanent clam/oyster license is available to all residents age 68 or older. It can only be obtained at Fish and Game headquarters or Regional Offices 1, 2 and 4.


All other license types, including Saltwater Recreational Fishing, must be purchased at the regular rates.


Learn more about hunting and fishing licenses for resident seniors.


Your License Dollars Help Fish and Game Provide Services for Sportsmen and Women


Your license dollars help Fish and Game provide sportsmen's services, from the scientific management of our fish and game species, to Hunter Education, boat access programs, and land conservation. We bring you the information you need to make the most of the resource -- regulation digests, fishing and hunting reports, website resources, and workshops to hone your skills on everything from fly-tying to turkey hunting.


Our Conservation Officers keep poaching at bay, promote and enforce snowmobile and OHRV safety, and are there to provide rescue services if you get hurt or lost in the woods.


We provide access and opportunity: Fish and Game owns 54,000 acres of land, and has 19,000 acres under easement, all open to hunt and fish on. We own and maintain 143 boat ramps to provide access to the state's waters. Six Fish and Game hatcheries put nearly a million trout and salmon into our waters every year. We maintain 105 dams and operate fish ladders and an anadromous fish truck to move river herring up over dams to spawning areas.


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Investing in Our Natural World

New Hampshire's wildlife and wild places are at the heart of the Granite State’s great quality of life. Your license dollars do much more than stock fish and pheasants and staff deer check stations. Fish and Game’s work conserves habitat, manages fish and wildlife populations, enforces laws, educates the public, protects open land, and helps maintain access for hunting and fishing. Your license dollars are an important investment in clean water, clean air, open spaces and healthy wildlife.