New Hampshire Hunting Seasons

After you have checked out the current Missouri hunting seasons, don’t forget all the other adventures New Hampshire has to offer besides hunting. Visit its State Parks, theaters, and historic sites.

Purchase a New Hampshire hunting license here.

If you are a predator hunter check out these specific guides:

Hunting coyotes in New Hampshire.

Hunting fox in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Hunting Seasons
New Hampshire Hunting Seasons.

New Hampshire small game hunting season 2022-2023.

Species Season datesDaily Bag Limit Wildlife Management Units
Snowshoe hare*Oct. 1 – March 313A-G and J1
Oct. 1 – March 312H1, H2, I1, I2, J2, K, L, M
Cottontail rabbit*Oct. 1 – Jan. 312H2, K, L, M ONLY (except in select closed areas – see more details)
Falconry Oct. 1 – March 15
CLOSEDN/AA-H1, I1, I2, J1, J2, southern Merrimack River Valley, and an area in Dover adjoining Maine*
Gray squirrelSept. 1 – Jan. 315Statewide 
No hunting in parks or cemeteries
Ring-necked pheasant (additional $31 pheasant license required)Oct. 1 – Dec. 312 per day; 10 per seasonStatewide
Ruffed grouse, Northern bobwhite quail, Chukar, Hungarian partridgeOct. 1 – Dec. 314Statewide
CrowAug. 15 – Nov. 30;
March 16 – 31
no limitStatewide
(HIP survey required)
Oct. 1 – Nov. 143 Statewide 
*No person shall take hare or rabbits by the use of a snare.

New Hampshire furbearer hunting season.

Species Season datesBag Limit WMUs
Gray fox, Red fox, Opossum, Skunk, RaccoonSept. 1 – Mar. 31NoStatewide
(Sealing by Conservation Officer required within 10 days of close of season)
Dec. 1 – Dec. 31 (by traps)Dec. 1 – Jan. 31 (by firearms or bow and arrow)2 per season; statewide limit  
Muskrat, Mink, WeaselOct. 15 – April 10No limitA – F
Nov. 1 – April 10G – MCoyoteNo closed seasonNoStatewideCoyote night hunting (Written landowner permission required)Jan.1 – Mar. 31NoStatewide
* The statewide daily and season bag limit is 2 fisher per hunter (combined with trapping).

New Hampshire Otter season.

Species Season datesBag Limit WMUs

New Hampshire furbearer trapping season.

Species Season datesBag Limit WMUs
Gray fox, Red fox, Opossum, Skunk, RaccoonOct. 15 – Dec. 31Nov. 1 – Jan. 15NoA – FG – M
(Sealing by Conservation Officer required within 10 days of close of season)
Dec. 1 – Dec. 312 per season; statewide limit  
Beaver, Muskrat, Mink, Otter, WeaselOct. 15 – April 10Otter: 10Other: NoA – F
Nov. 1 – April 10G – M
CoyoteOct. 15 – March 31Nov. 1 – March 31NoG – M
Bobcat, Lynx, Pine MartenCLOSED
* The statewide bag limit is 2 fisher per trapper (combined with hunting).

New Hampshire deer hunting seasons 2022-2023.

Any deerSept. 15-Dec. 8WMU A-Note: Archery deer season ends one week early.
Any deerSept. 15-Dec. 15B-MMuzzleloaderAntlered deer onlyOct. 29–Nov. 8A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2E, E, F
Any deerOct. 29G2, I1, I2
Antlered deer onlyOct. 30–Nov. 8
Any deerOct. 29–Oct. 30J1
Antlered deer onlyOct. 31–Nov. 8
Any deerOct. 29–Oct. 31H1, H2, K
Antlered deer onlyNov. 1–Nov. 8
Any deerOct. 29–Nov. 1D2W, J2
Antlered deer onlyNov. 2–Nov. 8
Any deerOct. 29–Nov. 2G1
Antlered deer onlyNov. 3–Nov. 8
Any deerOct. 29–Nov. 8L, M
Antlered deer onlyNov. 9–Nov. 27WMU A—Note: Firearm deer season ends one week early.
Antlered deer onlyNov. 9–Dec. 4B, C1, C2, D1, D2E
Any deerNov. 9E, F, G2, I1, I2
Antlered deer onlyNov. 10–Dec. 4
Any deerNov. 9–Nov. 10J1
Antlered deer onlyNov. 11–Dec. 4
Any deerNov. 9–Nov. 11H1, H2, J2, K
Antlered deer onlyNov. 12–Dec. 4
Any deerNov. 9–Nov. 12D2W
Antlered deer onlyNov. 13–Dec. 4
Any deerNov. 9–Nov. 13G1
Antlered deer onlyNov. 14–Dec. 4
Any deerNov. 9–Nov. 18L, M
Antlered deer onlyNov. 19–Dec. 4
Special Permits
Special PermitsAntlerless deer only2,000 Permittees in Unit L
4,000 Permittees in Unit M
Youth Hunt
Any DeerOct. 22 & 23 any deer statewide
Deer BaitingOctober 19–November 16WMU A-L
 September 15–December 15WMU M

New Hampshire Migratory bird hunting seasons.

New Hampshire Bear hunting season 2022-2023.

2022 Bear Season Dates
MethodWildlife Management UnitsDates
General Season
WMUs: A, B, C2, D1, H1, H2, I2, K, L, MSept. 1 – Nov. 8
WMUs: C1, D2, E, F, G, I1, J1, J2Sept. 1 – Nov. 30
Baiting Season
WMUs: A, B, C2, D1, H1, H2, I2, K, L, MSept. 1 – Sept. 28
WMUs: C1, D2, E, F, G, I1, J1, J2Sept. 1 – Oct. 5
Dog SeasonWMUs: A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F, G, H1, I1, I2, J1, J2Sept. 19 – Nov. 8
WMUs: H2, K, L, MDog season CLOSED

Dennis V. Gilmore Jr.

Dennis V. Gilmore Jr. is a former Marine Sergeant and the author of several books, including two on night hunting coyotes and red and gray fox. He has written several hundred articles on predator hunting for

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