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Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits

License Requirements for Waterfowlers
To hunt waterfowl in New Hampshire, you are required to have a Migratory Waterfowl License and a current NH Hunting, Combination or Small Game License (available at any Fish and Game license agent), as well as a Federal Waterfowl Stamp (available at some U.S. Post Offices; Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; and at Fish and Game's Region 2 office in New Hampton). You also are required to have a free Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) Survey permit number.

 

 

2017-2018 Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons
Species Northern Zone Inland & Ct. River Zone Coastal Zone
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers

October 3 -

December 1

October 3 -

November 5

October 4 -

October 15

 

 

November 22 -

December 17

November 22 -

January 8

 
Canada Geese (September) Statewide:  September 1 - September 25
 
Canada Geese (Regular)

October 3 -

December 11

October 3 -

November 5

October 4 -

October 15

 

 

November 22 -

December 27

November 22 -

January 18

 
Snow Geese

October 3 -

December 11

October 3 -

December 27

October 4 -

January 18

 
Brant Same as ducks
 
Sea Ducks* In all coastal waters November 15 - January 13
 
Falconry

December 12 -

January 25

November 6 -

November 21

January 25 -

March 10

 

 

December 28 -

January 25

 
 
Youth Waterfowl Hunt Statewide: September 23 - September 24
Woodcock Statewide: October 1 - November 14
Common Snipe Statewide: September 15 - November 14
Crow Statewide: August 15 - November 30, March 16 - Mar 31

 

* In all coastal waters, rivers & streams seaward from the 1st upstream bridge. In all others areas of the state, sea ducks may be taken only during the regular season for ducks.

 

 

Bag Limit Chart

Species Bag Limit Possession Limit HIP Permit Federal & State Stamp Non-Toxic Shot Firearm Plug
Ducks A 6 18 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Mergansers 5 15 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Coot 15 45 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Canada Geese (Sept) 5 15 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Canada Geese (Regular) 3 9 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Snow Geese 25 NONE checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Brant 2 6 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Sea ducks B 5 15 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Falconry 3 9 checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Woodcock 3 9 checkmark     checkmark
Common Snipe 8 24 checkmark     checkmark
Crow NONE NONE        

 

  • A The daily bag limit of 6 ducks may include no harlequin ducks and no more than 4 mallards (2 of which may be hens), 2 black ducks, 3 wood ducks, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, 2 redheads, 2 scaup, and no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, or 4 long-tailed ducks. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit (e.g. The mallard possession limit is 12, of which 6 may be hens).
  • B The daily bag limit of 5 mergansers is in addition to the daily bag limit of 6 ducks and may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit (e.g. The hooded merganser possession limit is 6).
  • C The daily bag limit for sea ducks shall include no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, or 4 long-tailed ducks and possession limit shall be 15 birds with no more than 12 scoters, 12 eiders, or 12 long-tailed ducks. In all other areas of the state, sea ducks shall be included in the regular season daily bag and possession limit.


Sea Ducks (scoter, eider and long-tailed ducks): Season is from November 15 through January 13 in all coastal waters, rivers & streams seaward from the first upstream bridge. The daily bag limit shall be 5 birds of which no more than 4 shall be scoters or eiders or long-tailed ducks. The possession limit shall be 15 birds of which no more than 12 shall be scoters or eiders or long-tailed ducks. In all other areas of the state, sea ducks may be taken only during the regular season for ducks and shall be included in the regular season daily bag and possession limit.

 

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend: Held statewide in New Hampshire on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017. Youths must be 15 years of age or younger and accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Adults who accompany youth hunters during the Special Youth Waterfowl hunting days shall possess a current hunting license and shall not take waterfowl. The daily bag limits are the same as those allowed during the open season. All regular season waterfowl regulations, including shooting hours, use of non-toxic shot, etc., apply during the youth weekend. The youth does not need a hunting license or duck stamp. Learn more about youth hunting in NH.

 

Falconry (Extended season)
Northern Zone: December 12, 2017 - January 25, 2018
Inland Zone: November 6 - November 21, 2017 and December 28, 2017 - January 25, 2018

Coastal Zone: January 25, 2018 - March 10, 2018