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2017 New Hampshire Fishing and Hunting Licenses Available

Susan Perry: (603) 271-3421
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211

December 15, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire fishing and hunting licenses for 2017 are now available. Purchase yours today and get set for a WILD year of outdoor adventure, from ice fishing this winter to bagging your deer next fall. Licenses are good for the calendar year, from January 1 through December 31, 2017. Purchase online at, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department in Concord, or from a Fish and Game license agents across the state.


Your annual hunting or fishing license -- or, best of all, your "combo" license -- is your year-round ticket to New Hampshire’s great outdoors. Seacoast anglers will need a saltwater recreational fishing license to fish in coastal or estuarine waters.


When you get your new license, be sure to check out the 2017 New Hampshire Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing digests, both hot off the press. Read them online at, or pick up a copy at license agents or Fish and Game Department offices. These handy publications include summaries of important fishing rules and regulations, photos for identifying fish and more.


Fishing and hunting license revenue directly supports wildlife and fisheries management, law enforcement and conservation education in New Hampshire.


For hunters and anglers concerned about maintaining access to pursue their sports, the $10 Wildlife Legacy donation provides an opportunity to support Fish and Game’s Landowner Relations Program, which works in partnership with hunters, anglers and landowners to maintain hunting and fishing access to private lands. Learn more at


Hikers, climbers, back country skiers, kayakers and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase or renew their voluntary annual Hike Safe Card for 2017. Card sales help ensure that N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Conservation Officers, trained in wilderness rescue, are there to come to your aid. The card also makes the holder exempt from liability for repaying search and rescue costs due to negligence in New Hampshire (unless reckless or intentional). Those holding a current New Hampshire fishing or hunting license or OHRV or boat registration are also exempt from this liability.

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