Effective immediately, completed baiting permits will not be accepted at Regional Offices or by Local Conservation Officers.
All applications must be submitted to Headquarters.
See Application Instructions for detailed information.
During the baiting seasons, hunters holding a baiting permit (and current NH hunting license and permits), are permitted to hunt select wildlife species over bait in certain locations. Hunters planning to hunt over bait must file for a permit from Fish and Game, which requires a landowner signature giving permission to place bait on their property. Baiting applications may be printed online or picked up at any Fish and Game office. There is no charge for a bait permit.
Specific baiting rules are summarized in the NH Hunting Digest. Note - The special disabled deer baiting season applies only to persons holding a permanently disabled veteran’s license (per RSA 214:13) or a paraplegic license (per RSA 214:13-c).
Baiting on State-owned or Managed Lands
Requests for baiting permits for bear and deer on state-owned or state-managed lands (including federally managed lands) (Fis 307.05) must be received between the first Monday in June and the first Monday in August to be accepted. Applicants may apply beginning December 1 for permits to bait coyote for the following year. Bait permits for all other eligible species will be accepted at any time. Permits to bait wildlife on State-owned or State-managed lands are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
For the purpose of distributing both trapping and baiting activity on these lands, they are divided into "trapping units" [Fis 303.13 (c)]. View maps of some of these lands at wildnh.com/hunting/trapping.html. (Note that the “Permit Available” column of the table refers to the TRAPPING PERMIT and not the baiting permit. Some listed properties are NOT open to baiting.)
If you are applying to bait on state-owned or managed lands, fill out 1 copy of the Permit to Bait application and send it in to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301, along with a detailed topographic map showing the specific location of the bait site. Once it has been approved, our offices will send you the signed permit and distribute one to the Wildlife Division and one to the Conservation Officer.
Beginning in 2017 permits to bait wildlife on the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Forest (CLHF) will be awarded by a lottery run out of the Region 1 office in Lancaster.
- This lottery applies for the baiting of all permitted species on the CLHF including bear, deer and coyote.
- A maximum of 40 permits to bait bear and 20 permits to bait other species (e.g., deer, coyote) will be awarded across 11 trapping units on the CLHF.
- Applicants shall apply for the lottery using the “Lottery Application to Bait Wildlife on the CLHF” form. This application will be available online or may be picked up at the NH Fish and Game Region 1 office in Lancaster beginning in mid-March. There is no charge for an application.
- Lottery applications shall be submitted at the NH Fish and Game Region 1 office at 629B Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584-3612, either by hand or via U.S. Mail. Applications may be submitted beginning the first Monday in April and must be received by 4:00pm on the first Friday in May, or postmarked no later than midnight on the fourth Wednesday in April.
- Illegible or incomplete applications shall be returned and not considered, however corrected applications may be resubmitted prior by the deadlines above.
- No person shall submit more than one application except licensed N.H. hunting guides may submit up to a maximum of 3 applications.
- The lottery for permits to bait bear and other species on the CLHF shall be held on the second Monday in May. Successful applicants will be notified by mail of lottery results within 7 working days following the second Monday in May.
- Successful applicants will still need to obtain a permit to bait wildlife on state-owned or managed lands. The process to apply for this permit is described above.
- Once the lottery has been completed, any baiting opportunities not issued in the lottery will be distributed on a first come-first-serve basis at the NH Fish and Game Region 1 office.
Baiting on Private Land
If you are baiting on private property for bear, permits must be received by the first Monday in August to be accepted. A permit to bait for deer on private property must be received by the first Monday of October to be accepted. The following process shall be followed:
- The original copy should be retained by the permittee.
- One copy of the bait permit is left with the landowner.
- Two copies must be submitted to the N.H. Fish and Game Department, Wildlife Division, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301 with a detailed topographical map depicting the location of the bait site.
- Our office will send a copy with the map to the conservation officer in whose district wherein the baiting is to be done.
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