N.H. Hunting Report – August 2010

Greetings, hunters! We're looking forward to an exciting hunting season in New Hampshire this year. Hunting seasons get started September 1 with the opening of bear and gray squirrel seasons, followed by the statewide season for resident Canada geese September 7-25, 2010. Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer open September 15. Opening day for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer hunting season is November 10, 2010.


NEW N.H. HUNTING DIGEST: The 2010-2011 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest is out, with season dates, bag limits, check stations and lots more need-to-know information for hunters and trappers. You can download the Digest on the Fish and Game website (go to www.huntnh.com and click on cover at right), or pick one up at your local license agent.

NEW FOR 2010 – Make note of these changes in the hunting laws:

New September archery deer restriction: Only antlered deer may be taken by bow and arrow September 15-30.

Deer hunting in WMU A: There is no longer an antler point restriction in WMU A, and the muzzleloader season there has been restored to the statewide standard of 11 days. As in recent years, both the archery and regular firearms seasons for deer will continue to end one week early in WMU A.

Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits: Up to 4,000 hunters will be able to purchase Special Antlerless Deer Permits for Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire this year, with the option to purchase one tag for $13 or two tags for $26 at the time of initial purchase. Unit M Antlerless permits MAY NOT be used in September. (To purchase Unit M permits, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Special_Unit_M_permits.htm.)

Expansion of fall shotgun turkey area: Four additional Wildlife Management Units (J1, J2, L and M) in the south and eastern parts of the state have been added to the five-day fall shotgun season.
Get set for the season at a big Sporting Expo at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord, N.H., and an Open House with shooting and other hands-on activities at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Raffles for quality firearms, pheasant hunt for two, sausage maker/meat grinder and much more. Admission is free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details at: www.huntnh.com/Newsroom/News_2010/News_2010_Q3/NHFDay_NH_Events_082610.html

Get in on the series of free Tuesday evening talks by hunting experts at 7 p.m. from August 31-September 28, 2010, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, in Concord, N.H. Details at www.huntnh.com/Newsroom/News_2010/News_2010_Q3/hunting_talks_fall_081310.html

NH has more than a million acres of state and federal lands that are open to hunting -- not to mention all the private landowners that generously allow hunters access to their properties. For ideas on where you can hunt in NH, visit wildnh.com/Hunting/where_hunt_in_NH.htm. For a listing of NH’s largest Wildlife Management Areas, visit wildnh.com/Wildlife/WMA_index.htm.

Need a hunter education course or know someone who does? Better get moving. New for this year, all registrations must be done online. Visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm for links to sign up for traditional hunter ed and bowhunter ed classes, as well as the online hunter education course. September classes are listed at www.huntnh.com/Newsroom/News_2010/News_2010_Q3/HE_last_call_081810.html.

Buy your hunting license and permits online, anytime, at www.greatlodge.com/nh, or visit one of 240+ friendly NH license agents near you.

UPCOMING SEASONS: Click on the links for season dates and the outlook for 2010.

WHITE-TAILED DEER www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_deer.htm
BLACK BEAR wwwhuntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_bear.htm
SMALL GAME, RUFFED GROUSE, WOODCOCK www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_small_game.htm
PHEASANT www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_pheasant.htm
MOOSE www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm
FALL TURKEY www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_turkey.htm
WATERFOWL www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_waterfowl.htm