Licenses: Fees & Requirements

Stay informed about license fees and requirements for fishing and hunting:

N.H. Residents

  • Resident Hunting & Freshwater Fishing: $56.00 (16–67)
  • Resident 1-Day Freshwater Fishing: $10.00 (16–67)
  • Resident Freshwater Fishing: $45.00 (16–67)
  • Senior Freshwater Fishing: $7.00 (68+)
  • Senior Combination Hunting and Fishing: $7.00 (68+)

Nonresidents

  • Nonresident Hunting & Freshwater Fishing: $151.00 (16+)
  • Nonresident Freshwater Fishing: $63.00 (16+)
  • Recreational Saltwater Fishing: $11.00 (16+)
  • Nonresident 1-Day Freshwater Fishing: $15.00 (16+)
  • Nonresident 3-Day Freshwater Fishing: $28.00 (16+)
  • Nonresident 7-Day Freshwater Fishing: $35.00 (16+)

Additional Details

  • Proof Required: Hunter education course or previous hunting license
  • Transaction Fee: $2.00 ($2.75 online) per license form
  • Hunting License: Requires $2.50 wildlife habitat fee
  • License Price Inclusions: $1.00 agent fee and $1.00 Fisheries Habitat Fee

Note

  • Fishing Licenses: Allow freshwater fish taking
  • Recreational Saltwater License: Required for coastal and estuarine waters
  • Free Permanent Milestone License: For NH residents born in 1947 or earlier

Selected Miscellaneous Licenses

Explore specialized licenses for unique needs:

Newborn Lifetime NH Combination Hunting & Freshwater Fishing

  • Fee: $304.50
  • Eligibility: Parent/legal guardian must be N.H. resident. Child’s birth certificate required.
  • Details: Available from birth to day before first birthday. Purchase at Fish and Game headquarters or by mail.

Resident Guide, Hunting or Fishing

  • Fee: $100.00
  • Details: Ideal for residents providing guiding services for hunting or fishing activities.

Nonresident Guide, Hunting or Fishing

  • Fee: $100.00
  • Details: Nonresident guides offering hunting or fishing excursions can obtain this license.

Bait Dealer's Retail

  • Fee: $26.00
  • Details: Required for individuals selling bait at retail locations.

Bait Dealer's Wholesale

  • Fee: $76.00
  • Details: Necessary for individuals engaged in wholesale distribution of bait.

Carry Your License

Ensure compliance with regulations by carrying your license:

  • Requirement: Your license must be on your person when fishing or hunting.
  • Digital Option: For fishing licenses (not hunting), a PDF or fixed image of a valid license visible on a smartphone suffices. It must be viewable by a Conservation Officer, and a photo ID should be presented.

Buying Your License

Convenient options to purchase New Hampshire fishing licenses:

  • Online: Visit fishnh.com.
  • In-person: Available at 185 license agents statewide or at Fish and Game headquarters.
  • By Mail: Send inquiries to Fish and Game headquarters at 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

A $2 transaction fee applies to each license form ($2.75 for Internet purchases).

Non-Resident Student Licenses

Full-time students in New Hampshire can enjoy resident rates for fishing or hunting licenses:

  • Eligibility: High school, college, or graduate students registered for at least 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Requirements: Present a valid school ID and a copy of current course registration totaling at least 12 credit hours.
  • Purchase: Available only at Fish and Game headquarters, in person or by mail.

Fisheries Habitat Fee

Support habitat restoration by contributing to the fisheries habitat fee:

  • Fee: $1 included in the license price for all freshwater anglers.
  • Purpose: Revenue aids in improving and restoring fisheries habitats.

Help Protect Nongame Wildlife

Consider donating to Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program:

  • Purpose: Funds support projects for endangered fish, wetland habitat conservation, and species preservation.
  • Donation: Visit wildlife.nh.gov/wildlife-and-habitat/nongame-and-endangered-species to contribute online.

Buy Your Annual Hike Safe Card

Ensure safety during outdoor adventures with the Hike Safe Card:

  • Cost: $25 for individuals, $35 per family (available online only at wildnh.com/safe).
  • Validity: Calendar year, expiring on December 31.
  • Coverage: Cardholders are exempt from certain rescue costs, with exceptions.
  • Support: Contributions support the Fish and Game Search and Rescue Fund.

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