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Apprentice Hunting License





People who would like to try hunting this fall and were unable to complete Hunter Education due to class cancellations associated with COVID-19, or for any other reason, should consider the Apprentice Hunting License.


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