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Pheasant Hunting in NH


New Hampshire’s pheasant hunting season runs from October 1 through December 31.  This fall 11,936 adult ring-necked pheasants will be released in all 10 counties with an average of 140 pheasants per site. 


The ring-necked pheasant is one of the most colorful of the game birds.  It prefers to run rather than fly and can test the most skilled bird hunting dog with its hide-and-seek behavior.


In-season stocking will be done the first three Thursdays and Fridays in October 2016. All pheasant sites will be closed to pheasant hunting statewide until noon on in-season stocking days.

Pheasant hunting has a long history in New Hampshire – the first pheasants were stocked here over a hundred years ago.  Today the time-honored tradition of pheasant hunting is possible in the state only because private landowners continue to allow hunters access to their land.  The pheasant program relies heavily upon cooperative relationships with landowners.  Please remember to respect the land and property owner’s rights to privacy and safety on all lands open to pheasant hunting and stocking. Respect farmland and do not drive on agricultural fields or block gates or bar ways to pastures and croplands with vehicles.  


Pheasant hunting

Successful thirteen-year-old Chris Forsey, with Rick Orford, both from Webster, hunting in
Hopkinton. Photo by Eric Orff.

Responsible behavior towards other hunters and other outdoor users will keep property open for everyone for years to come.  Please take the time to be courteous and thank these landowners for their generosity.


Five pheasant hunting sites have been lost this year due to the lack of safe hunting opportunities, poor hunter ethics, and conflicts with adjacent landowners. The following towns and site locations will no longer be stocked with pheasants: Milford (off Route 101A), Walpole (Whipple Hill), Greenland (Post Road), Sandwich (The Intervale), and one of the sites in Milan (closest to the Berlin town line).


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Youth Pheasant Events


Sporting clubs interested in holding youth pheasant hunting events may contact Karen Bordeau at NH Fish and Game's Region 2 Office at
(603) 744-5470 to request an information packet. Participating youth must be between 12 and 15 years of age. Events may be held on Saturday and Sunday of the two full weekends in September immediately prior to September 29.