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Turkey Hunt Forecast

Ted Walski, Turkey Project Biologist
August 9, 2017

It's hard to believe, but prior to 1975, there were no wild turkeys in New Hampshire for many years. Today, thanks to a restoration effort initiated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in 1975, there are over 40,000 turkeys in the Granite State!


Outlook for fall: There was some concern over a spell of rainy weather during the hatching period of late May/early June 2017. However, sightings of turkey broods during July indicate decent numbers of young turkeys and a robust turkey population.


The fall archery turkey season is concurrent with the long deer archery season of September 15-December 15 in Units B-M, and September 15-December 8 in Unit A. Last year’s fall archery season resulted in a harvest of 312 turkeys.


The fall shotgun turkey season for runs for 7 days and will take place October 16-22. Of the 18 Wildlife Management Units in the state 12 are open to the fall shotgun season, including Units D1, D2, G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L, and M. Last year’s fall shotgun season resulted in 789 turkeys being taken.


Licenses: The cost of a resident turkey hunting license for the calendar year is $16. This enables a hunter to harvest a gobbler during the spring season, and one turkey, male or female, during either the fall archery or shotgun season. A regular hunting license or an archery license is also needed unless under age 16. Youth hunters are reminded that they do require a turkey license.


The 2017 spring season (May 3-31, 2017) resulted in a harvest of 4,482 turkeys, the second highest total on record. Dry conditions in 2016 resulted in good hatching conditions and the winter of 2016-2017 was relatively easy for turkeys resulting in good survival.


Detailed information on the 2016 spring and fall turkey harvests can be found in the 2016 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary PDF Document.