New Hampshire Pheasant Season Opens October 1

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New Hampshire's hunting season for pheasant gets underway on October 1 and continues through December 31. This year, N.H. Fish and Game will release 13,500 adult ring-necked pheasants during the three-month season, an average of 160 birds per site. There will be approximately 75 stocking sites in 50 towns. Most sites will be stocked on either a Thursday or Friday in October, with the exception of moose season (October 15-23), when no stocking will occur.

The list of towns to be stocked (including road names) can be seen on the Fish and Game website at; printed lists are also available at Fish and Game headquarters and regional offices.

“Most of the pheasant release sites are on private lands, stocked with landowner permission and available to sportsmen only because of their cooperation,” said Fish and Game Pheasant Project Leader Karen Bordeau. “Please respect the property of these landowners, who make our pheasant-hunting tradition possible, by following all safety guidelines and by hunting courteously. Take the time to thank them for their generosity.”

Pheasant hunters must purchase a $26 pheasant license, in addition to the regular New Hampshire hunting license or non-resident N.H. small game license. Licenses can be purchased at or from any Fish and Game license agent. Pheasants are purchased exclusively with revenues from the sale of pheasant licenses.

Fish and Game asks hunters to refrain from training dogs at pheasant release sites for three days prior to October 1. Dog training flushes pheasants from the release sites, often onto posted property or other areas not suitable for hunting.

Pheasant hunters should note that the southern portion of the Mascoma Wildlife Management Area in Canaan will not be accessible this year via the culvert and road that is typically used to cross the Mascoma River. For more information, click here.

All pheasant hunters are urged to follow these basic safety guidelines:

Wear hunter orange on your head, back and chest.
Control your firearm muzzle at all times.
Always wear safety glasses.
Know where your hunting partners are at all times.
Shoot only within your zone of fire.
Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
Always keep your hunting dog under control.

For more information on hunting in New Hampshire, including online license and permit sales, visit