Turkey Hunting in New Hampshire

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  • B
  • 50,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 20,000 (estimated turkey permits)

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $48

    Hunting ($32) and turkey ($16).

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $144

    Hunting ($113) and turkey ($31).

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

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

Turkey population trends have increased steadily since the late 1980s. Overall estimates are up to 50,000 now.

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.

Where to Go

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% of the state's land mass, is almost all open to hunting, with the exception of campgrounds and tourist locations. 

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.

Hunters registered a total of 5,399 turkeys during the 2021 spring season, down 319 turkeys (5.6%) from the 2020 season.

Of the 5,399 turkeys taken during the 2021 spring season, 28 (0.5%) were bearded hens, 2,002 were jakes (37.1%), and 3,369 were toms (62.4%).

– Steve Hickoff 

Turkey Hunting in New Hampshire. Image by Tes Randle Jolly

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