From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
-- The 2010-2011 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest is now available with season dates, bag limits, check stations and more need-to-know information for hunters and trappers.
Hunters can download the digest on the Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com to find waterfowl season dates, Wildlife Management Unit maps and more. Hunters can obtain printed copies from any local license agent.
Hunting seasons get started Sept. 1 with the opening of bear and gray squirrel seasons, followed by the statewide season for resident Canada geese Sept.7-25. Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer open Sept. 15. Opening day for New Hampshire's regular firearms deer hunting season is Nov. 10.
Changes for 2010 include:
*New September archery deer restriction: Only antlered deer may be taken by bow and arrow from Sept. 15-30.
*Deer hunting in WMU A: There is no longer an antler point restriction in WMU A, and the muzzleloader season there has been restored to the statewide standard of 11 days. Both the archery and regular firearms seasons for deer will continue to end one week early in WMU A.
*Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits: Up to 4,000 hunters will be able to purchase Special Antlerless Deer Permits for Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire this year, with the option to purchase one tag for $13 or two tags for $26 at the time of initial purchase. Unit M Antlerless permits cannot be used in September.
*Expansion of fall shotgun turkey area: Four additional Wildlife Management Units (J1, J2, L and M) in the south and eastern parts of the state have been added to the five-day fall shotgun season.
An overview of 2010 New Hampshire hunting dates is below. Consult the digest for additional information and regulation details.
White-tailed Deer--Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15. Ends Dec. 8 in WMU A; antlered only Sept. 15-30 statewide.
Youth Deer Weekend: Oct. 23-24; Muzzleloader: Oct. 30-Nov. 9; Firearms: Nov. 10-Dec. 5. In WMU A, ends Nov. 28.
Black Bear: Starts Sept. 1. End varies by WMU. Gray Squirrel: Sept. 1-Dec. 31. Snowshoe Hare: Oct. 1-March 31. Bag limit varies by WMU. Ruffled Grouse: Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Moose: Oct. 16-24, by permit only. Fall Turkey: Shotgun-Oct. 11-15, certain WMUs. Archery-Sept. 15-Dec. 15. Closed in WMU A.
New Hampshire has more than a million acres of public land open to hunting. For those who need a hunter education class, September classes are available. Hunters can register online at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm. New Hampshire hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online at www.huntnh.com.