New Hampshire Unit M Special Deer Permits

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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 season can buy a special permit from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department starting July 2. Interested hunters can purchase a permit online at www.nhfishandgame.com; 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 an application by mail.

Fish and Game will issue a total of 5,500 permits this year. These permits reflect a long-term objective to reduce deer numbers in this urbanized part of the state.

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 and may buy only 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.

The special Unit M permits have been issued by Fish and Game since 1997 in an effort to stabilize the size of the deer herd in southeastern New Hampshire and minimize deer-human conflicts such as vehicle collisions and destructive browsing of ornamental plants. Unit M has the highest deer density in New Hampshire.

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