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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 29 and April 30, 2017 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 2016 - January 2017 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 16 - October 22, 2017 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 21 - October 29, 2017 Moose (by permit only)
October 21 - 22, 2017 Youth deer-hunting weekend
October 28 - November 7, 2017 Deer/muzzleloader
November 8 - December 3, 2017 Deer/regular firearms (closes one week early in WMU A)