Deer Hunting in New Hampshire

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  • B
  • 100,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 70,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $32 and Up (plus $2 transaction fee)

    (plus $2 transaction fee)

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $83 and Up (depending on weapon)

    (plus $2 transaction fee)

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 187 2/8"

    Taken by John Klucky in Merrimack County in 2006.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 45

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 222 7/8"

    Taken by John Gravelle in Grafton Co., NH in 1950.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 9

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Neil Pendleton with his big New Hampshire deer. (Photo courtesy of Neil Pendleton)

Season Dates (2019):

Archery season runs September 15 to December 15, but closes on December 8 in WMU A. Muzzleloader season is November 2-12. Firearms season runs November 13 to December 8, but closes December 1 in WMU A. Youth weekend is October 26-27. Specific antlered and antlerless restrictions apply for each season based on unit. These are the dates set when published, please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: B

While the New Hampshire deer harvest has been down the past few years, things are looking up. A stretch of bad weather during the firearms season the last few years kept many hunters from filling their tags. Couple that with three mild winters in a row and record acorn and apple crops last fall, and the deer herd came through the winter in great shape. New Hampshire biologists are expecting a near record harvest this season. Tags are easy to come by and, with around a million acres of public ground, there is plenty of room to hunt.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Over the past several years, Rockingham, Grafton and Hillsborough counties have led the deer harvest numbers, but all southern counties are a good bet for both numbers and trophy potential. Check out some densely populated urban areas for bowhunting potential. As of March of 2016, it is now legal to hunt with suppressor equipped firearms, assuming you have all state and federal permits to own one.