Predators & Small Game
New Hampshire isn't your typical whitetail state but it's one worth checking out.
Season Dates: Archery season is Sept. 15 to Dec. 15. Youth hunting weekend is Oct. 27-28. Muzzleloader season is Nov. 3-13. Firearms season is Nov. 14 to Dec. 2 (but ends one week early in Unit A).
The Grade: B
While New Hampshire isn't your classic deer hunting destination state, residents have it pretty good here with ample numbers of deer, healthy harvests (around 10,000 animals per year) for a small state, and more than a million acres of public land to hunt; you'll find more than 750,000 acres of them in the White Mountain National Forest. Tags are easy and over the counter, and seasons are liberal.
Antler Nation Knowledge: Over half of New Hampshire's typical Boone and Crocket record book bucks come from three counties: Merrimack, Grafton and Hillsborough. If you want to get away from it all, head to Coos County in the north. Abutting Canada, this is the place you can really get in the backwoods and still-hunt or track in the classic fashion to dig up a big wilderness buck.
Record B&C Typical
Taken by John Klucky in Merrimack County in 2006, ranked No. 254 of all time.
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Record B&C Non-Typical
Taken by John Gravelle in Grafton County in 1950, ranked No. 549 of all time.
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Resident license and permit
Resident hunting license is $22 (includes firearms deer tag) plus $22 for archery and $16 for muzzleloader.
Nonresident hunting license is $103 plus $73 for archery and $41 for muzzleloader.