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Small Game Season Dates and Bag Limits

Hunting License Required for ALL Species

 

SMALL GAME
Species
Season dates
Daily Bag Limit
Wildlife Management Units
Snowshoe hare*
Oct. 1 - March 31
3
A-G and J1
Oct. 1 - March 31
2
H1, H2, I1, I2, J2, K, L, M
Cottontail rabbit*

Oct. 1 -

Jan. 31

2
H2, K, L, M ONLY (except in select closed areas - see more details);
Falconry Oct. 1 - March 15
CLOSED
N/A
A-H1, I1, I2, J1, J2, southern Merrimack River Valley, and an area in Dover adjoining Maine*
Gray squirrel
Sept. 1 - Jan. 31
5
Statewide
No hunting in parks or cemeteries
Ring-necked pheasant (additional $31 pheasant license required)
Oct. 1 - Dec. 31
2 per day; 10 per season
Statewide
Ruffed grouse, Northern bobwhite quail, Chukar, Hungarian partridge
Oct. 1 - Dec. 31
4
Statewide
Crow

Aug. 15 - Nov. 30;
March 16 - 31

no limit
Statewide
Woodcock
(HIP survey required)

Oct. 1 - Nov. 14

3

 

Statewide

 

*No person shall take hare or rabbits by the use of a snare.

 

 

FURBEARER
Species
Season dates
Bag Limit
WMUs
Gray fox, Red fox, Opossum, Skunk, Raccoon
Sept. 1 - Mar. 31
No
Statewide
Fisher
(Sealing by Conservation Officer required within 10 days of close of season)
Dec. 1 - Jan. 31
2 per season; statewide limit  
Muskrat, Mink, Weasel
Oct. 15 - April 10
 
A - F
Nov. 1 - April 10
G - M
Coyote
No closed season
No
Statewide
Coyote night hunting (Written landowner permission required)
Jan.1 - Mar. 31
No
Statewide
*Otter and beaver may only be trapped, and may not be taken by firearm.

 

OTHER
Species
Season dates
Bag Limit
WMUs
Bobcat
CLOSED
N/A
N/A