- Read more information and obtain a map
- The Coastal Zone begins at the Maine-New Hampshire line in Rollinsford, that portion of the State east of a boundary formed by State Highway 4 west to the city of Dover, south to the intersection of State Highway 108, south along State Highway 108 through Madbury, Durham, and Newmrket to the junction of State Highway 85 in Newfields, south to State Highway 101 in Exeter, east to Interstate 95 (NH Turnpike) in Hampton, and south to the Massachusetts line.
- The Inland Zone is that portion of the state west of the above boundary.
- There is also a Northern Zone.
We also suggest keeping a DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer of New Hampshire available; if you don't have one, it's available at most bookstores and convenience stores, or through Fish and Game. The front of the atlas lists most state-owned properties and they are also highlighted on the maps within the book.
Conservation lands can also be mapped using GRANIT at http://granitviewii.unh.edu.
Currently, the farthest east that CWD has been found is New York State. In all likelihood, it is not in New Hampshire. Along with most northeastern states, we sample a number of harvested deer each year for testing as a means of CWD surveillance; all NH samples to date have tested negative. Testing is ongoing.
Hunters and butchers can take the same precautions as they might to protect against other blood-borne pathogens or diseases by using rubber gloves and suggest people avoid eating brain, spleen, eyes, and lymph nodes. Also, don't cut into the spine before you bone out the meat. Although it will not help inactivate/kill the abnormal protein that causes CWD, it is always good practice to fully cook all game meats.
Important! Fish and Game prohibits the importation into New Hampshire of hunter-killed cervid (deer family) carcasses or parts of carcasses from any of the jurisdictions in which CWD has been detected, except for de-boned meat, antlers, antlers attached to skull caps from which all soft tissue has been removed, upper canine teeth (a.k.a. buglers, whistlers or ivories), hides or capes with no part of the head attached, and finished taxidermy mounts.
Read Facts About Chronic Wasting Disease, which includes a current list of jurisdictions where CWD has been detected. For more info and updates on CWD go to www.cwd-info.org, a national clearinghouse.
See also: Helping Our Herd - What you can do to help keep New Hampshire’s Deer and Moose safe from Chronic Wasting Disease.
The Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington holds a special hunt on the first weekend of the regular firearms season. The shotgun-only white-tailed deer hunt serves the dual purposes of supporting the state's effort to control the deer population in Unit M and providing recreational opportunities on the 1,100-acre refuge.
A total of 40 hunters (20 each day) are selected through a free lottery for one-day hunting permits. Applications are typically available each year from the Refuge by September 1. Interested hunters can pick up a lottery application at the Reserve's information kiosk on Merrimack Drive (accessible via Pease Tradeport). Read more information and obtain an application.
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