Turkey Hunting in New Hampshire

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  • 40,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 20,000 (estimated turkey permits)

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $40.50

    Big-game hunting license, habitat fee and turkey permit

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $136.50

    Big-game hunting license, habitat fee and turkey permit

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

[New Hampshire COVID-19 turkey hunting update.]

New Hampshire, as with neighboring Vermont and Maine, offers quality turkey hunting.

Total land area open to our spring tradition is good to excellent throughout the Granite State, and widespread.

According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, "Based on long-standing tradition, nearly all lands in the state of New Hampshire are open to hunting. All state, federal, municipal, county and private land is open to hunting unless it is posted against hunting."

Still landowner permission is a courtesy we support. Why? It's often granted.

And here's more on that score.

As mentioned, excellent access is the dominant feature statewide. New Hampshire has 117 state forests, 100 Wildlife Management Areas, 63 "other tracts" and 41 state parks where hunting is permitted.

The White Mountain National Forest, with more than 751,000 acres and 10 percent of the state's land mass, is almost all open to hunting, with the exception of campgrounds and tourist locations. 

Turkey population trends have increased steadily since the late 1980s.

Overall estimates are up to 40,000 now.

New changes for 2019 include, as noted in the New Hampshire Hunting Digest:

Beginning in 2019, each turkey license will come with 2 tags, labeled “A” and “B” which may be used in any order and allow the take of two (2) turkeys per year. Turkey hunters may take one (1) male or bearded turkey during the spring season and a second turkey of either sex during the fall. Or, hunters may take two (2) male or bearded turkeys during the spring season. However, the first spring turkey shall be legally registered before the second spring turkey can be taken, and the second spring turkey shall only be taken in WMUs H1, H2, J2, K, L, or M. One (1) or two (2) turkeys may also be taken during the youth weekend, however all spring season registration and WMU regulations apply.

Flock numbers are strong in this northern state due to available habitat. Wildlife Management Units H1, H2 and other westernmost Connecticut River Region locations hold the most birds. Mid-state habitats, plus southeastern spots in Strafford and Rockingham counties, also have good numbers.

Success rates for the two-day youth hunt remain steady (averaging roughly 14% of the annual harvest total).

Fun Fact: New Hampshire offers fall turkey hunters a three-month autumn archery season from September 15 to December 15, which coincides with bowhunting deer dates, plus a fall shotgun opportunity (tag included with turkey permit purchase).

– Steve Hickoff 

Turkey Hunting in New Hampshire (c) Tes Randle Jolly photo

New Hampshire Turkey Hunting Regulations

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