New Hampshire Archery Season for Turkeys and Deer is Super Long

By author of Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

Imagine, bowhunters, a state where opening day is September 15. Imagine doing it for the two things you love most: whitetails and wild turkeys. Imagine having until December 15 to fill both tags. Well then, you've just found yourself in the state of New Hampshire where you can do just that. They've even got an additional deer permit for sale. Way up north, on the Canadian border in Wildlife Management Unit A, it all ends December 8, but still . . .

Yep, I'm dead serious. The Granite State archery season for both deer and fall birds runs concurrently. You can begin as the red swamp maples show their early blush of fall color. You can finish up, if you want, as those first New England snow flurries float by your stand.

New Hampshire's archery season is for turkeys and deer. (Realtree/John Hafner/Heartland Bowhunter photo)

Interested in "success" data? Sure you are. In 2014, New Hampshire archery hunters took 3,141 deer (28% of the kill), down from 3,937 the year before. But this is a turkey hunting blog, and that's just a little enticement. Fact is, some NH bowhunters I know target fall turkeys from treestands, what with a tag in their wallet if they hunted spring birds too. Others do it from ground blinds on patterned flocks.

The state's turkey population, north to south, is estimated at 40,000 birds.

So how many fall turkeys did Granite State bowhunters kill during three-month 2014 archery season? Thousands? Nah. Just 240 birds, though it was 34% of the take. Some 313 were bowkilled the year before. According to NH Fish & Game Department statistics from last fall's archery turkey season, 91 were adult hens (37.9%), 88 were adult gobblers (36.7%), 42 were young hens (17.5%) and 19 were fall jakes (7.9%).

No luck with your stick and string? The five-day 2014 NH fall shotgun season also had 465 more turkeys tagged. For more on this opportunity, go here.

Let's rehash a bit. Good wild turkey population? Check. Plenty of deer? For sure. Less hunter pressure than you'll find in most states? Most definitely. And super long season for both turkeys and deer with a bow. What's not to like?

Steve Hickoff is Realtree's turkey hunting editor and blogger.