New Hampshire Hunting News

Deer Hunt Begins
Firearms season for deer -- a favorite time of year for most New Hampshire hunters -- is almost here. Last year, hunters took a total of 11,089 deer in the state. Currently, New Hampshire has an estimated population of about 76,000 white-tailed deer.
Bear Harvest Unusually High
The number of black bears harvested by hunters is breaking records in northern New Hampshire, according to wildlife managers with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The high harvest -- 622 bears statewide as of October 10 -- is the result of unusual environmental conditions, primarily limited natural food sources, which have made bears more vulnerable than normal during the early part of the season, which began September 1.
Public Hearing on Moose Hunt Point System
The point system in the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery will be the topic of a public hearing on October 15 at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on Hazen Drive in Concord. The proposed rules are necessary to implement a law passed this year that establishes a new system starting in 2004 under which hunters who enter the moose lottery and are not selected will earn a point that entitles them to an additional chance in the next year's lottery.
Moose Research Underway in North Country
If you spot a pink or yellow ear tag and a collar on that moose you're watching up north, don't worry, your eyes aren't fooling you. The animal is marked as part of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and New Hampshire Fish and Game Moose Research Project in Coos County, a study that is providing critical management data about the rates and causes of mortality and the habitat needs of moose in this region of New Hampshire.
Hunter Education Classes
With the hunting season fast approaching, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department today issued a reminder that every first-time hunter must complete a mandatory hunter education course. Click here to find a hunter education course near you, or call (603) 271-3214.
Some Antlers, Hides and Capes Exempt from Canada Ruminant Ban
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a memo clarifying import restrictions for ruminants and ruminant products from Canada. The restrictions apply to all ruminants including hunter-killed deer, elk, moose and caribou.
Last Chance for Unit M Deer Permits -- Lottery Closes July 31
Hunters who want the chance to take one additional antlerless deer in southeastern New Hampshire have until July 31 to apply for a permit from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Interested hunters can apply online by clicking here, or pick up an application from license agents in the southern part of the state.
Wildlife and Crossbow Rules Finalized
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department today announced final state rules regarding wildlife and wildlife management, as well as crossbow hunting. The new rules decrease the number of days during which muzzleloader or firearms hunters may hunt antlerless deer in some parts of the state during the upcoming deer hunting seasons.
Unit M Deer Permit Lottery Application Deadline Is July 31
Hunters who want the chance to take one additional antlerless deer in southeastern New Hampshire have until July 31 to apply for a permit from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Moose Lottery Deadline Is May 30
It's down to the wire for folks who want to have the chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall -- you've only got until May 30 to submit your permit application.