Overview of Small Game Hunting in New Hampshire
Small game hunting in New Hampshire encompasses a variety of species, including ruffed grouse, pheasant, quail, Hungarian/European partridge, chukar, cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, gray squirrel, and migratory game birds, including waterfowl (refer to Waterfowl/Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons & Bag Limits for details on waterfowl hunting).
For residents and nonresidents interested in hunting small game, the following licensing requirements apply:
Residents: A resident must possess a current Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination, or Archery License to hunt small game. Note that turkey is classified as large game.
Nonresidents: Nonresidents must hold either a Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination, or Archery License or a Small Game License to hunt small game.
Youth Hunters: Youth hunters under the age of 16 do not require a license for small game hunting but must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult aged 18 or older.
Migratory Bird Hunters
Migratory bird hunters should consult the Waterfowl/Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons & Bag Limits and Waterfowl/Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations for additional requirements and regulations pertaining to the hunting of migratory game birds.
Small game hunting in New Hampshire offers a diverse range of opportunities for hunters, and it is important to be aware of licensing requirements and regulations specific to each species to ensure responsible and legal hunting practices.
Small Game Hunting Hours in New Hampshire
When it comes to hunting small game in New Hampshire, the following hunting hours apply:
- Hunting Hours: Small game hunting is permitted from half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset. However, please note that different hunting hours apply for migratory birds.