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NH Hunting Report - October 20, 2016

Kent Gustafson: (603) 271-2461




Deer Hunt Update:
Through October 17, 2016, a total of 1,690 deer were harvested by New Hampshire archers. This represents a decrease of 15% from last year at the same point in the season. For a breakdown by county of reported deer registrations at this point in the season for the past nine years, visit


This year’s Youth Hunting Weekend is coming up on October 22 and 23. The event gives young hunters age 15 or younger the opportunity to take a deer of either sex while accompanied by an experienced adult hunter. Youngsters get a chance to learn deer hunting techniques and traditions, as well as gaining other outdoor skills that can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. All youths must be accompanied by an adult mentor at least 18 years of age holding a valid NH hunting license.


The 2016 muzzleloader season will begin on Saturday, October 29. Check the 2016-17 NH Hunting and Trapping Digest for Wildlife Management Unit-specific regulations. Opening day for the regular firearms season is November 9.


NH Moose Hunt Off to a Good Start

New Hampshire’s moose hunters achieved a 37% success rate during the first three days of the nine-day season. The first three days saw a total of 27 moose taken by hunters statewide – 25 bulls and two cows. A total of 72 moose hunters are taking part this year. The largest fully field-dressed moose checked in during opening weekend was taken by Joe Rogerson of Smyrna, Delaware. Taken in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) C-1, it had a dressed weight of 860 pounds and an antler spread of 51 inches.


Waterfowl Hunting: Check out our waterfowl identification resources and more at


Small Game Hunters: Please take time to help monitor small game populations and participate in our small game and grouse wing and tail surveys; we’ve got a quality firearm to raffle off to a lucky participant in each. Learn more at

The NH Fish and Game Department owns 89 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state, encompassing nearly 52,000 acres. The primary purpose of these lands is to protect and improve habitat for wildlife, but these lands are also open for public recreation including hunting. Check out our interactive WMA map at


Report Poaching: Online at or make a confidential toll-free call to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-344-4262.


Share the Bounty – Hunter’s with full freezers are reminded that the NH Food Bank (603-669-9725 x240) and the New Horizons Food Bank (603-628-6133 x114) in Manchester are seeking donations of whole or processed deer. This venison provides a valuable source of meat for food banks around the state.  Visit



WSFRFederal Aid in Wildlife Restoration: A User-Pay, User-Benefit Program
Researching and managing wildlife and teaching people to become safe, responsible hunters are activities funded by your license dollars and by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, supported by an excise tax on your purchases of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Learn more at