Migratory Bird Hunting Requirements in New Hampshire
When engaging in migratory bird hunting in New Hampshire, hunters should be aware of specific requirements for different species and the necessary permits and regulations. Here's a summary of the key requirements for various migratory bird species:
- Canada Geese (Sept.)
- Canada Geese (Regular)
- Snow Geese
- Sea Ducks
- Common Snipe
HIP Permit: Hunters must possess a Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit.
Federal Stamp: A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) is required.
Non-Toxic Shot: The use of non-toxic shot is mandatory for these species.
Firearm Plug: Firearms used for hunting these migratory birds must be equipped with a plug to limit the number of rounds it can hold.
Additionally, there is a special youth waterfowl season from September 23 to 24, 2023, allowing hunters aged 15 and younger to participate in advance of the regular season.
Migratory Bird Hunting Licensing Requirements
When it comes to hunting migratory birds in New Hampshire, hunters must adhere to specific licensing requirements. Here's what you need to know:
- A resident hunter must possess a current Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination, or Archery License to hunt migratory birds.
- Nonresident hunters must have a Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination, Archery, or a Small Game License to hunt migratory birds in New Hampshire.
- Youth hunters under the age of 16 do not require a hunting license for migratory bird hunting. However, they must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult aged 18 or older.
Additional Requirements for Duck and Goose Hunters (16 and older)
Duck and goose hunters who are 16 years of age or older must have the following:
- State Migratory Waterfowl License.
- National Migratory Bird Harvest Information or "HIP" certification number, which is required to hunt ducks, geese, woodcock, and snipe.
- Federal Duck Stamp with the hunter's name signed across the face. Federal Duck Stamps can be purchased at many U.S. Post Offices.
Snipe and Woodcock Hunters
- Hunters pursuing snipe and woodcock do not need the state migratory waterfowl license or the federal duck stamp. However, they still need the HIP certification.
Obtaining HIP Certification
- HIP applicants can obtain a HIP permit number at no cost by calling 1-800-207-6183 or by visiting the online licensing site at huntnh.com.