New Hampshire Unit M Special Deer Permits

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

This year, a total of up to 4,000 hunters will be allowed to purchase Special Antlerless Deer Permits for Unit M. Like last year, at the time of purchase, hunters may opt for a permit with 1 deer tag ($13) or two deer tags ($26).

Interested hunters can purchase permits:

Unit M permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and cost $13 for a permit with one tag; or $26 for a permit with 2 tags. Applicants also must hold a current New Hampshire hunting or archery license.

Muzzleloader and firearms hunters may use the special permit on any day during those seasons for which they are legally licensed, and archers may use the permit from October 1 through December 15. Special Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits are not valid for use by archers during September, because of a statewide requirement that only antlered deer may be taken by bow and arrow in September. Youth hunters are eligible to buy Unit M permits.

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 in order to sustain regional herd health and to minimize deer-human conflicts, such as vehicle collisions and destructive browsing of agricultural and ornamental plants. High human densities and associated levels of development in southeastern New Hampshire result in greater potential for deer-human conflicts and complicate deer population control efforts.

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

For more information on hunting deer in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_deer.htm.