From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
-- The 2009-2010 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest is available online at http://www.HuntNH.com or when you buy your license from Fish and Game license agents across the state.
This year, the Digest has been fully revised and reformatted and is bigger, brighter and more readable. The larger size allows for additional advertising and production support which makes the format more cost-effective for the Department.
Important dates, bag limits and other information about New Hampshire's hunting and trapping seasons are presented in a user-friendly format. It details Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) boundaries, license prices, check stations and other information hunters and trappers need.
Hunting seasons about to get underway include bear and gray squirrel seasons, which start Sept. 1, and the September season for resident Canada geese, which starts Sept. 8. Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer get underway Sept. 15; most small game hunting, including grouse and pheasant, starts Oct. 1.
Opening day for regular firearms deer hunting is Nov. 10.
2009 Hunting Seasons
Archery: Sept. 15 - Dec. 15 (closes Dec. 8 in WMU A*)
Youth Deer Weekend: Oct. 24-25
Firearms: Nov. 11 - Dec. 6 (closes Nov. 29 in WMU A*)
Muzzleloader: Oct. 31 - Nov. 10 (opens Nov. 2 in WMU A*)
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)
RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31
WOODCOCK: Oct. 6 - Nov. 4
MOOSE: Oct. 17 - 25 (by permit only, allocated by lottery)
Shotgun: Oct. 12 - 16 (certain WMUs only)
Archery: Sept. 15 - Dec. 15 (Closed in WMU A)
*For 2009, WMU A in northern New Hampshire continues to have an antler point restriction and shortened season dates for deer. Consult the Hunting Digest for more details. Hunter education class is required for first-time hunting license holders. Several course offerings and a new online study option are still available. Visit http://www.HuntNH.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm, or call (603) 271-3212.
Another useful reference for planning your fall hunting strategy is the 2008 N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary, which summarizes the outcome of last year's hunting seasons by WMU and town, including harvest statistics and hunting/trophy records. Find it at http://www.HuntNH.com/Hunting/hunting.htm.
Waterfowl hunting seasons are posted at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_waterfowl.htm.
New Hampshire hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online at http://www.HuntNH.com or from license agents statewide.
Hunting is an important contributor to New Hampshire's economy. The 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation reported that 61,000 hunters in New Hampshire (resident and non-resident, over the age of 16) accounted for nearly $75 million in trip-related, equipment and other spending in the state.