New Hampshire Hunting News

New Hampshire Nominate Your Conservation Hero!

Do you know a person or organization who has made a difference for New Hampshire wildlife, fisheries, open land and wild places, in support of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s mission?  Honor them with a nomination for a New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Award of Excellence. 

New Hampshire Hunting Season Update

New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer hunting is going well, as hunters look forward to time afield during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Through November 13, 2011, hunters had taken an estimated 6,653 deer in New Hampshire, very similar to the 6,729 registered at this point in the 2010 season.

On the Watch for Wild Turkeys in New Hampshire

Turkey productivity was average in 2011, according to a report just released by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department summarizing results of its first-ever wild turkey brood survey. The effort was accomplished with the help of hundreds of interested people across the state who reported sightings of flocks with young turkeys via an online reporting site this spring and summer. The survey took place from May 15-August 31, 2011.

Wild Hogs, Snowshoe Hare Hunting, Lunker Lake Trout – All in the Latest Issue of New Hampshire Wildlife Journal

They're big, hairy, hungry and hopefully not coming to a neighborhood near you. Free-ranging feral swine have become one of the more serious wildlife problems in the United States, and New Hampshire has a confirmed, though small, population. Any presence is a concern, because razorbacks, as they are sometimes called, are extremely adaptable and can triple their population in a single year.

Injured Hiker Rescued From Mt. Eisenhower New Hampshire, After Spending a Chilly Night in the Woods

On the afternoon of Sunday, November 06, 2011, personnel from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Twin Mountain Fire and Rescue, and U.S. Forest Service responded to Mt. Eisenhower in an effort to assist a man who suffered an injury while descending the Edman’s Path trail. 

New Hampshire Opening Day for Regular Firearms Deer Season is November 9, 2011

Opening day for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer season is November 9, 2011, a date anticipated with great enthusiasm by the state’s estimated 60,000 deer hunters.  The season runs through December 4 in most of the state, except in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) A in northern New Hampshire, where it closes November 27.

The state’s popular muzzleloader deer season gets underway on October 29 statewide and runs through November 8.

Moose Hunt Update: 52% of New Hampshire Moose Hunters Successful so Far

As of Wednesday, October 19, 2011, a total of 212 moose had been taken in the 2011 New Hampshire moose hunt (147 bulls and 65 cows). That means that 52% of hunters holding moose permits had succeeded by the midway point in the state’s moose hunt, which is in line with a typical year. The nine-day season runs through Sunday, October 23, 2011.

Among the successful hunters was a pair of twin brothers, Wendell Kennett and Wayne Kennett of Charlestown, N.H., who bagged a bull in WMU A2 on October 17, their 64th birthday!

New Hampshire Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 27% Success

More than a quarter of New Hampshire’s moose hunters were successful during the first two days of the season, achieving a 27% success rate on the opening weekend of the hunt. On Saturday and Sunday (October 15 and 16), a total of 111 moose were taken by moose hunters statewide – 75 bulls and 36 cows. The success rate was down from 37% during opening weekend in 2010.

New Hampshire Moose Hunt is October 15 – 23, 2011

For nine exciting days, from October 15 to 23, 2011, lucky moose permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire’s annual moose hunt. A total of 395 permit holders were drawn in this year’s lottery, randomly selected by computer from a pool of nearly 14,000 applicants.

Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Seasons Underway in New Hampshire

Win a Gun!  Take the Small Game, Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail Surveys.

Fall is in the air, and New Hampshire's small game seasons are underway.  The state's season for ruffed grouse began October 1 and continues through December 31.