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Hunting Dates and Seasons

Dates for hunting seasons are listed on the individual species pages. Select a category to find specific season dates, unit maps and other hunting information.



General Hunting Season Dates


Following are general dates for hunting season in New Hampshire. A complete summary of season dates and bag limits is provided in the NH Hunting and Trapping Digest, published each year in August.


Select the species name for more dates and details.
April 30 - May 1, 2016 Youth turkey-hunting weekend
May 3 - May 31 Spring gobbler season (wild turkey)
Starts September 1 Black bear/dates vary for method and WMU
September 2015 - January 2016 Waterfowl/dates vary by species and zone
September 15 - December 15 Deer/archery (Note: archery season closes one week early in WMU A)
September 15 - December 15 Fall turkey/archery
October 10 - October 16, 2016 Fall turkey/shotgun (in certain WMUs only)
September 2015 - March 2016 Small game and furbearers/dates vary by species and region
October 1 - December 31 Pheasant
October 15 - October 23, 2016 Moose (by permit only)
October 22 - 23, 2016 Youth deer-hunting weekend
October 29 - November 8, 2016 Deer/muzzleloader
November 9 - December 4, 2016 Deer/regular firearms (closes one week early in WMU A)