Overview of New Hampshire Hunting and Fishing Licenses

New Hampshire offers a variety of hunting and fishing licenses, each with specific requirements and fees. Below is a detailed breakdown:

Regular Licenses

  1. Regular Combination Hunting and Fishing License*

    • Eligibility: Previous hunting license or Hunter Education card required.
    • Fee: $56.00
    • Age Group: 16–67
    • Residency Proof: Required
  2. Regular Hunting License

    • Eligibility: Previous hunting license or Hunter Education card required.
    • Fee: $32.00
    • Age Group: 16–67
    • Residency Proof: Required

Senior Licenses

  1. Senior Combination Hunting and Fishing License*
    • Eligibility: Available to those born in 1948 or later, 68+ years at purchase. Annual purchase required. Proof of hunter education or previous hunting license required.
    • Fee: $7.00
    • Age Group: 68+
    • Residency Proof: Required

Lifetime and Special Licenses

  1. Regular Lifetime Hunting and Fishing, Archery, Muzzleloader

    • Details: Contact (603) 271-3422 for information. Requirements mirror individual licenses.
  2. Newborn Lifetime Combination Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License

    • Eligibility: For N.H. resident's children under one year. Birth certificate required.
    • Fee: $304.50
    • Age Group: Under one year
    • Residency Proof: Required
  3. Archery License

    • Eligibility: Previous Archery license or Bowhunter Education card required.
    • Fee: $32.00
    • Age Group: 16–67
    • Residency Proof: Required

Additional Licenses and Permits

  • Special Archery Deer Permit, Special Unit L Deer Permit, Muzzleloader License, Turkey License, Bear License, Trapping License, and more are available with varying age requirements, fees, and eligibility criteria.
  • Apprentice Hunting License: A one-time deferral license with specific requirements.
  • Pheasant License, Migratory Waterfowl License: Require a current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license.

Exemptions and Special Cases

  • Milestone Licenses: For residents born in 1947 or earlier, free permanent licenses are available under certain conditions.
  • Duplicate Licenses and Permits: Lost licenses can be reprinted free of charge.

Note: An annual habitat fee of $2.50 is required for all hunting licenses. All license prices include a $1 agent fee. An additional $2 transaction fee is charged per license form.

Non-Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses in New Hampshire

New Hampshire offers a range of licenses for non-residents who wish to participate in hunting, fishing, and other related activities. Each license type comes with specific requirements, fees, and age restrictions:

Regular and Combination Licenses

  1. Regular Combination Hunting and Fishing License*

    • Eligibility: Requires a previous hunting license or Hunter Education card.
    • Fee: $151.00
    • Age Requirement: 16 and over
    • Tag Attachment: Mandatory
  2. Regular Hunting License

    • Eligibility: Requires a previous hunting license or Hunter Education card.
    • Fee: $113.00
    • Age Requirement: 16 and over
    • Tag Attachment: Mandatory

Specialized Licenses

  1. Muzzleloader License

    • Eligibility: Must have a current NH Regular Hunting license, unless under 16.
    • Fee: $41.00
    • Age Requirement: All ages
  2. Archery License

    • Eligibility: Requires a previous archery license or a bowhunter education card.
    • Fee: $83.00
    • Age Requirement: 16 and over
    • Tag Attachment: Mandatory

Permits and Other Licenses

  • Special Archery Deer Permit: Must be purchased with an archery license; $26.00 fee.
  • Special Unit L Deer Permit: Requires a current NH Regular Hunting or Archery license; $26.00 fee.
  • Nonresident Small Game Hunting License: Previous hunting license or education card required; $53.00 fee.
  • Nonresident 3-Day Small Game Hunting License: $25.00 for three consecutive days.
  • Apprentice Hunting License: Allows a one-time deferral for the hunting license or education card requirement.
  • Pheasant, Migratory Waterfowl, Turkey, Bear Licenses: Each with specific requirements and fees.
  • Trapping License: $301.00, subject to specific conditions.
  • Fur Buyer License: $150.00.
  • Dog Training Permit: $5.00, with specific state reciprocity requirements.
  • Guide License: $100.00 for hunting or fishing guiding.
  • Duplicate Licenses and Permits: Available at no charge for lost licenses.

Note: An annual habitat fee of $2.50 is required for all hunting licenses, and license prices include a $1 agent fee. A $2 transaction fee is charged for each license form purchased.

Purchasing and Carrying Your New Hampshire Hunting License

Buying Your License

Acquiring a hunting license in New Hampshire is a straightforward process, offering several convenient options:

  1. Online Purchase: The primary and most convenient method is via the official website, nhfishandgame.com. This platform allows for quick and easy access to all license types.

  2. License Agents Statewide: For those preferring in-person transactions, New Hampshire has numerous friendly license agents across the state. A comprehensive list of these agents can be found at huntnh.com/licensing.

  3. Direct Purchase from Headquarters: Another option is to purchase the license directly at the Fish and Game Headquarters. The address is 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. You can either visit in person or opt for mail order.

Carrying Your License

Once you have obtained your New Hampshire hunting license, it's important to adhere to the following rule:

  • On-Person Requirement: The signed license must always be carried on your person while hunting. This is a crucial regulation, ensuring that hunters can promptly provide proof of their legal hunting status when required.

Adhering to these guidelines ensures compliance with New Hampshire's hunting regulations and contributes to responsible wildlife management and conservation efforts.

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