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Apprentice Hunting License





All hunters in New Hampshire age 16 or older must be licensed which requires the completion of a hunter education course. As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, however, all in-person hunter education classes were cancelled. New hunters currently finishing their online courses will be required to complete a field day before they can purchase their 2020 license. Field days are available only for New Hampshire residents age 15 and older; 12-to 14-year-olds will not be able to join a 2020 field day. Anyone interested in trying hunting this fall should consider an apprentice license if you have not already completed hunter education online. The apprentice license allows people to go hunting through the end of the calendar year, under the guidance of an experienced hunter, without completing all hunter education requirements first.


About the Apprentice Hunting License


The Apprentice Hunting license allows people to try hunting, under the guidance of an experienced hunter, without having to take a Hunter Education course.


Where to buy it: Apprentice licenses can be purchased only at NH Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, NH, or by mail (see license forms). They are not available at license agents or online.


Key points to remember:

  • Supervision required: The Apprentice License holder is allowed to hunt only when accompanied by a properly licensed person who is 18 years of age or older. "Accompanied" means maintaining actual physical direction and control -- keeping the apprentice within sight and hearing at all times (without use of electronic devices).
  • Good all year: The Apprentice License is valid from the date of purchase through December 31. It may not be used to hunt moose and does not apply to the three-day small game license.
  • License fees: The apprentice license costs the same as a regular resident or nonresident hunting license.
  • Once in a lifetime: You can buy an Apprentice Hunting License only once in your lifetime.
  • If you want to hunt in a future year, you must first complete a Hunter/Bowhunter Education course, then buy a regular New Hampshire hunting license. You can register for Hunter Education courses (traditional or online) at