It’s deer hunting season in New Hampshire. Here’s what you need to know.

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By Stacy Milbouer

November 1, 2023

Take a Class. To become a licensed hunter in New Hampshire, you must complete a hunting safety course either online or in person. Classes are open to New Hampshire residents and non-residents.

Get a license. According to New Hampshire Fish and Game, a general fishing, hunting, or archery license is required for those 16 years old and over. Those under 16 years old are required to buy special licenses. You can buy a license online, by mail, or in person at one of Fish and Game license agents.

Know when your deer season begins and ends. 

  • Muzzleloader season has begun statewide and ends November 7.
  • Hunting with firearms runs from November 8 through December 3 except in Wildlife Management Unit A in the north country, which ends November 26.
  • Archery season has already begun and ends December 15 everywhere except Wildlife Management Unit A which closes on December 8.

Register your deer. Hunters must register a deer either online or at a state registration location 24 hours after it’s been harvested. 

Keep your furry friends and yourself safe. Even non-hunters need to be alert during hunting season. If you live near a wooded area in the state, get a hunter-orange vest or bandana for your dog. Make sure you’re wearing bright colors when walking Rover or walking alone, and avoid strolls in the early morning or late evening. If you see a hunter, don’t assume that the hunter sees you or  your pet. Make sure you get their attention.

Get Informed Head to the New Hampshire Fish and Game’s deer-hunting web page for specific hunting information or download Fish and Game’s free New Hampshire Hunting & Trapping Guide.


  • Stacy Milbouer

    Stacy Milbouer is an award-winning journalist and has covered New Hampshire for many publications including the Boston Globe, New Hampshire Magazine, and the Nashua Telegraph.



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