New Hampshire Hunting News

New Hampshire New Cod Rules for Recreational Anglers Take Effect May 1, 2012

New state rules take effect on May 1, 2012, reducing the minimum length and creel limits for recreational anglers taking Atlantic cod in New Hampshire waters. The measure makes New Hampshire's rules compatible with new Federal regulations.

Under the new rules, as of May 1, 2012, the minimum size of cod that can be taken by recreational anglers is 19 inches (previously 24 inches); the minimum length of fillets that can be possessed is 12 inches (previously 14 inches); and the daily limit is 9 cod (previously 10).

2012 Spring Gobbler Season Looks Good for New Hampshire Turkey Hunters

It should be a good spring season for New Hampshire’s turkey hunters, says New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Turkey Biologist Ted Walski. The spring gobbler season opens Thursday, May 3, and runs through Thursday, May 31, statewide.  New Hampshire's Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend occurs the weekend before the season opens, this year taking place on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 2012.

Sign Up Now for Summer Youth Programs at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, New Hampshire

Registration is now open for free youth day programs taking place this summer at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. These programs give youth (boys and girls) age 10-15 the chance to learn about the shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills. Sessions will be offered in July and August at Owl Brook, which is operated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Reminder: Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is Saturday, April 21, 2012

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is almost here! This free outdoor festival is coming up this Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 

New Hampshire’s Youth Turkey Weekend – April 28-29, 2012

New Hampshire’s 2012 youth turkey hunt will take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway.  During the 2011 youth weekend, young hunters took an impressive 521 turkeys, or 14.2% of the total spring turkey harvest in the state.

New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary Available

A rich source of information for future hunts is now out from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The newly published 2011 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary summarizes data gathered by wildlife biologists from the various 2011 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of 2011 hunting season statistics, including many totals by town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).  Statistics are provided for deer, moose, bear, turkey and furbearers.

Turkey Hunting Workshop - April 21, 2012, in Holderness, New Hampshire

A free workshop covering the basics of hunting wild turkeys is being offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, N.H. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To sign up for the workshop, or for more information, call 603-536-3954.

Enter the Lottery Now for a Chance to Hunt Moose in New Hampshire this Fall

If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time to enter the lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime.

Expect Bears to Emerge From Dens Earlier This Spring in New Hampshire

Recommendation: Take birdfeeders down by March 15

Turkey Hunting Shot Patterning and Safety Clinic Offered April 7, 2012, in Hillsborough, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Hunter Education Program, in cooperation with Morse Sporting Goods of Hillsborough, will host a Turkey Hunting Shot Patterning and Safety Clinic on Saturday, April 7, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morse Sporting Goods, 85 Contoocook Falls Road, Hillsborough, NH.