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Turkey Season Harvest Trends

1980 was the first year for regulated turkey hunting in New Hampshire after wild turkeys were reintroduced into the state. That year, 700 permits were issued by lottery and 31 turkeys were successfully harvested. Hunting was limited to 11 towns in the southwest part of the state.


As the wild turkey population continued to grow and expand, so have hunting opportunities:

  • 1985: Fall archery season began
  • 2004: Youth weekend hunt was implemented
  • 2006: Fall shotgun season began (in designated Wildlife Management Units)
  • 2019: Spring harvest was liberalized to allow the take of two birds in designated Wildlife Management Units.

Today, wild turkeys, and opportunities to hunt them, occur statewide.


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spring turkey harvest graph


turkey harvest historical graph


For detailed official harvest information for the most recent year available, including data by town, see the New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary. pdf