Turkey Hunting in NH
The popular spring gobbler season runs May 3-31, with a youth turkey weekend held just prior. New Hampshire offers fall turkey hunters a three-month autumn archery season, as well as a fall shotgun opportunity in many WMUs. New Hampshire has an estimated 40,000 wild turkeys statewide!
Licenses and Permits
The turkey license required to hunt turkey in New Hampshire covers both the spring and fall turkey seasons; the price is $16 for residents and $31 for non-residents. In addition to the turkey license, residents also must have a current NH hunting, archery or combination license, and nonresidents must have a big game hunting or archery license, depending on their hunting plans.
Turkey Hunting Resources
- Summary of 2017 Turkey Rules
- Turkey regulations are also in the NH Hunting Digest
- Turkey Check Stations
- Report Turkey Viruses
- Wildlife Profiles: Eastern Wild Turkey
- Youth Turkey Weekend
Know the Rules
- For details on seasons, shooting hours, and other rules, please consult the NH Hunting and Trapping Digest.
- It is unlawful to take a turkey with a rifle, dogs, electronic calling devices, live decoys, or while it is perched in a tree.
- EXCEPTION: Dogs are allowed during the NH fall turkey season only to facilitate the hunter in breaking up the flocks.
- If using a bow, it must be at least a 30-pound-pull bow.
- The name and address of the archer shall be plainly printed on each arrow. Fixed blade broadheads shall not be less than 7/8 inch wide. Retractable blade broadheads may be smaller than 7/8 inch wide in flight, but not less than 7/8 inch wide when open. There is no maximum size restriction on fixed blade or retractable blade broadheads.
- The turkey must be tagged immediately upon killing. Registration is required, and the bird must be fully feathered and intact, but may be gutted. A $2 registration fee is required.
- Companion hunting: A person who has taken a turkey may assist another properly licensed turkey hunter by calling only. The person assisting by calling shall not possess a firearm or bow and arrow.
Turkeys: A Wildlife Restoration Success Story
New Hampshire offers excellent opportunities for hunting wild turkey. This is possible today only because turkeys have made an amazing comeback in New Hampshire. By 1854, the birds had completelydisappeared in the state because of habitat loss and market and subsistence hunting - and the fact that no Fish and Game Department existed to regulate these activities. Restoration efforts began in 1975, when Fish and Game released 25 wild turkeys in New Hampshire; careful management based on good science has allowed that initial introduction to grow to more than 40,000 birds today. This population is a true wildlife restoration success story in the Granite State -- thanks to the Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program!
Noah Davis, age 8, with his dad Bob Davis, of Claremont. Noah took his first turkey during a NH youth weekend.
- Read "Turkey Music," an article about turkey hunting in the NH Wildlife Journal
- Read "Turkey Tales," and article about the youth turkey hunt in NH Wildlife Journal