New Hampshire Unit M Permits Now Available

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Hunters who want the chance to take an additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire during the fall hunting seasons can buy a special permit from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Interested hunters can purchase a permit online at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Special_Unit_M_permits.htm; buy a permit from Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; print a mail-in application from the Fish and Game website; or call 603-271-3422 to request a permit application by mail.

Fish and Game will issue a total of 6,000 permits this year. Unit M permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and cost $13. Applicants must hold a current New Hampshire hunting or archery license. Each hunter may buy one Unit M permit each year. Hunters may use this permit on any day during those seasons for which they are legally licensed -- including the archery, muzzleloader and regular firearms seasons -- to take one additional antlerless deer in Unit M. Youth hunters are eligible to buy a Unit M permit.

Special Unit M permits have been issued in New Hampshire since 1997. They reflect a long-term objective, outlined in the state's Big Game Management Plan, to reduce deer numbers in southeastern New Hampshire and minimize deer-human conflicts, such as vehicle collisions and destructive browsing of ornamental plants. High deer densities and the region's more intensive development make potential deer-human conflicts of greater concern in southeastern New Hampshire, where Unit M is located.

Specific boundaries for Unit M, and more information on the special permits, can be found at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Special_Unit_M_permits.htm.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit www.huntnh.com.