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Small Game Season Dates and Bag Limits for 2020-2021

Hunting License Required for ALL Species

Visit the NH Hunting Digest for rules and regulations for each 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 - Dec. 31 (by traps)

Dec. 1 - Jan. 31 (by firearms or bow and arrow)

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
* The statewide daily and season bag limit is 2 fisher per hunter (combined with trapping).

 

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

 

2020-2021 FURBEARER TRAPPING SEASONS
Species
Season dates
Bag Limit
WMUs
Gray fox, Red fox, Opossum, Skunk, Raccoon

Oct. 15 - Dec. 31

Nov. 1 - Jan. 15

No

A - F

G - M

Fisher
(Sealing by Conservation Officer required within 10 days of close of season)
Dec. 1 - Dec. 31
2 per season; statewide limit *  
Beaver, Muskrat, Mink, Otter, Weasel
Oct. 15 - April 10

Otter: 10

Other: No
A - F
Nov. 1 - April 10
G - M
Coyote

Oct. 15 - March 31

Nov. 1 - March 31

No
G - M
Bobcat, Lynx, Pine Marten
CLOSED
* The statewide bag limit is 2 fisher per trapper (combined with hunting).