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Apprentice Hunting License





If you want to try hunting but you haven’t taken Hunter Education yet, consider an Apprentice License. The Apprentice License gives you the chance to hunt -- under the guidance of an experienced hunter – through the end of the year, without first having to take a Hunter/Bowhunter Education course.


Important: Apprentice Licenses expire at the end of the year and cannot be renewed or purchased a second time. If you want to hunt in a future year, you must complete a Hunter Education course and buy a regular New Hampshire hunting license.


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


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