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How to Register Your Spring 2020 NH Harvested Wild Turkey

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services's recommendations for social distancing, and the ever-changing circumstances that may affect the ability of registration stations throughout the state to provide turkey registration services, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has filed an emergency rule with the State Legislature to allow hunters more flexibility in registering their New Hampshire-harvested wild turkeys.


For the Spring 2020 season only, hunters will have the option to register their turkeys at a physical registration station or online. Regardless of which registration method hunters choose, harvested turkeys MUST be registered within 24 hours AND hunters MUST register their first harvested turkey PRIOR to harvesting a second bird (see the NH Hunting & Trapping Digest for rules and details PDF Document on harvesting two birds.


Online Registration


New this year, and for the Spring 2020 turkey season only, hunters may opt to register their birds online. Hunters will be asked to provide all the same information online as they would if registering at a physical location. The tag that is issued with the hunter's turkey license must be securely affixed to the bird as no official leg seal will be issued.


Prior to starting the online registration process, hunters should have the following information readily available:

  • Hunting/turkey license information
  • License plate number of the vehicle used while hunting
  • Town and Wildlife Management Unit where the turkey was harvested
  • Sex of the bird
  • Age of the bird (adult vs. juvenile)
  • Weight of the bird (to the nearest 1/4 pound)
  • Beard length (to the nearest 1/4 inch)
  • Spur lengths (to the nearest 1/16 inch)


Identify, Weigh, and Measure Your Harvested Wild Turkey


NOTE: following the online registration process you will receive a confirmation email. You are required to save an electronic version or print and save a copy of the confirmation email as proof of legal registration.



Physical Registration Stations


NHFG continues to work with many registration locations throughout the state to provide local resources for hunters to register their birds. Hunters who choose to register their turkey at local registration stations will find the process has not changed. The same information will be collected as in previous years, and turkeys registered at a check station will still receive the official leg seal as validation the turkey was legally registered.


However, many registration stations may be closed, have limited hours, or be experiencing other restrictions because of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Hunters should call ahead to find out if their local registration station will be open this spring and continuing to register turkeys. For a list of all the registration stations in New Hampshire visit Deer and Turkey Check Stations in New Hampshire.


Please call (603) 271-2461 with any questions. Note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, there may be limited staffing available to answer phones particularly on weekends. If you cannot reach a staff member, please leave a voicemail with your first and last name, date, time and town of turkey harvest and a contact phone number. We will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.