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Pheasant Hunting in NH

 

Pheasant Stocking
The Fish and Game stocking crew unloads crates of pheasants. Photo by Eric Orff.

 

Pheasant hunting

Successful thirteen-year-old Chris Forsey, with Rick Orford, both from Webster, hunting in Hopkinton.

Photo by Eric Orff.

 

New Hampshire’s pheasant hunting season runs from October 1 through December 31. This year, 11,535 adult ring-necked pheasants will be purchased and released across the state.  There will be approximately 62 stocking sites in 43 towns this year. Pheasant sites will be closed to pheasant hunting statewide until noon on in-season stocking days. In-season stocking days are October 4-5, October 11-12, and October 18-19. The former pheasant sites on West Unity Road (Unity, NH), and the East Milan Road (Milan, NH), will not be stocked anymore.

 

The tradition of pheasant hunting is available only because landowners continue to allow hunters access and areas to hunt pheasants.  Please, respect their property.  Take the time to thank them for their generosity and help keep the lands open.

 

The following list provides a road name for sites stocked with pheasant.  Locations with italicized bold print are state managed lands while the rest of these sites are on privately owned land open to hunting.  Locations with more than one stocking site on the property are so noted.

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Pheasant Stocking Sites
TOWN ROAD NAME
Allenstown Black Hall Road, Bear Brook State Park PDF Document
Belmont Mile Hill Road
Brentwood Pine Road, Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area
Canaan Goose Pond Road, Mascoma River Wildlife Management Area
Candia Patten Hill Road
Charlestown Route 12/Great Meadows
Charlestown

Hidden Valley Road/Conn. River

Charlestown South Hemlock Road
Claremont Route 12/Grissom Lane
Claremont Sugar River Drive/Case Hill Road
Claremont Route 12A/Jarvis Hill 
Claremont Route 12A/Intersection of Grissom Lane
Conway West Side Road
Dover Old Garrison Road, Bellamy Wildlife Management Area
Dublin Route 137, Edward McDowell Dam
Enfield Route 4A, Lower Shaker Village Wildlife Management Area
Epsom Off River Road
Exeter Route 101, Connor Farm Wildlife Management Area
Grafton Hardy Hill Road
Haverhill Route 10
Henniker Hopkinton-Everett Flood Control Area  (2 release sites)
Hill Franklin Falls Flood Control Area  (5 release sites)
Hopkinton Hopkinton-Everett Flood Control Area  (2 release sites)
Hopkinton Penacook Road
Jaffrey Route 124/Wit Hill Road
Loudon Captain French Road
Lyndeborough Cemetery Road
Marlborough Horse Hill Road
Milford North River Road, adjacent to Milford State Fish Hatchery
Monroe Route 135
Mont Vernon Lamson Drive
New Hampton

Franklin Falls Flood Control Area

North Conway Balcony Seat Road to Dugway Road
Piermont Route 10
Pittsburg River Road
Pittsfield Webster Mills Road
Pittsfield Range Road
Rollinsford Rollins Road (1 release site)
Salisbury Blackwater Flood Control Area
Sanbornton Franklin Falls Flood Control Area  (3 release sites)
Sandwich Bearcamp Pond Road
Sandwich Beede Flats Road off Route 113
Seabrook Route 107
Stewartstown North Hill
Strafford Whig Hill Road
Success Success Pond Road
Surry Surry Flood Control Area/Route 12A  (2 release sites)
Unity Mica Mine Road
Weare Hopkinton-Everett Flood Control Area
Wentworth North Dorchester Road, Foster and Colburn State Forest PDF Document
Westmoreland Route 63/Conn. River (2 release sites)
Westmoreland River Road/County Farm
Winchester Old Westport Road (4 release sites)

 

 

History

 

The ring-necked pheasant is one of the most colorful of the game birds. It prefers to run rather than fly and can test the most skilled bird hunting dog with its hide-and-seek behavior.

 

Pheasant hunting has a long history in New Hampshire – the first pheasants were stocked here over a hundred years ago.

 

Thank the Landowners

 

Today the time-honored tradition of pheasant hunting is possible in the state only because private landowners continue to allow hunters access to their land. The pheasant program relies heavily upon cooperative relationships with landowners.

 

Please remember to respect the land and property owner’s rights to privacy and safety on all lands open to pheasant hunting and stocking. Respect farmland and do not drive on agricultural fields or block gates or bar ways to pastures and croplands with vehicles.

 

Responsible behavior towards other hunters and other outdoor users will keep property open for everyone for years to come. Please take the time to be courteous and thank these landowners for their generosity.

 

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Youth Pheasant Events

 

Sporting clubs interested in holding youth pheasant hunting events may contact Karen Bordeau at NH Fish and Game's Region 2 Office at
(603) 744-5470 to request an information packet. Participating youth must be between 12 and 15 years of age. Events may be held on Saturday and Sunday of the two full weekends in September immediately prior to September 29.