2008 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons at a Glance

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2008 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons at a GlanceWHITE-TAILED DEER:

Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (closes Dec. 8 in WMU A*)     
Youth Deer Weekend: Oct. 25-26 (note new residency restrictions, below**)
Firearms:  Nov. 12 – Dec. 7 (closes Nov. 30 in WMU A*)
Muzzleloader: Nov. 1 – Nov. 11 (opens Nov. 3 in WMU A*)

BLACK BEAR:  Starts Sept. 1 (end varies by WMU)

GRAY SQUIRREL: Sept. 1-Dec. 31

Oct. 1-March 31 (bag limit varies by WMU)

Oct. 1-Dec. 31

Oct. 6-Nov. 4

Oct. 18-26 (by permit only, allocated by lottery)


Shotgun: Oct. 13-17 (certain WMUs only)
Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15 (Closed in WMU A)

*For 2008, WMU A in northern New Hampshire continues to have an antler point restriction and shortened season dates for deer. Please consult the Hunting Digest for more details.

**Starting this year, non-resident youth hunters may participate in the New Hampshire Youth Deer Hunt Weekend only if New Hampshire youth may hunt in their state if it holds a special youth deer hunt. Currently, Vermont youths may not participate in this fall’s New Hampshire youth deer hunt because of residency restrictions on youth hunting in Vermont.

For specific hunting dates and seasons, see the 2008-2009 N.H. Hunting Digest. 

Pick up some new hunting tips in the company of fellow hunters at a series of free evening hunting talks being offered by the N.H. Fish and Game Department in September.  Talks begin at 7 p.m.  For more details and directions, visit www.HuntNH.com/Newsroom/News_2008/News_2008_Q3/Game_Gab_Overview_082508.html or call 603-271-6355.  Upcoming hunting talks include:

  • Fall Turkey Hunting Tactics, with registered hunting guide John Asseng (Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord);
  • Scouting and Patterning this Year’s Buck, with N.H. state record buck holder, John Klucky (Wednesday, September 17, 2008, Fish and Game Headquarters, Concord);
  • Fall Turkey Hunting Tactics, with registered hunting guide John Asseng (Tuesday, September 23, 2008, Fish and Game Region 4 Office, Keene, N.H.)
  • Sea Duck Hunting, with Ray Jackson of Buck-Gardner Game Calls (Tuesday, September 30, 2008, Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, N.H.)

Fish and Game also is offering a free waterfowl hunting seminar, taught by veteran waterfowler Pete Lester, on Saturday, September 13, 2008, from 9 a.m. – noon at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.  Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call (603) 536-3954.

New Hampshire hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online at www.HuntNH.com or from license agents statewide.