New Hampshire

As the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:

  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

The N.H. Fisheries Commission was organized in 1865 by the N.H. Legislature in an effort to restore sea-running fish to the Merrimack and Connecticut rivers. Later, in 1935, the Legislature greatly expanded the state’s role in managing wildlife resources by establishing the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and its commission.

A hunting party in Barrington, NH gets two deer. The deer are hung in front of the barn on Rt 202 at Ayers Lake Farm. Photograph courtesy of Paul-W via flickr.

Hunting in New Hampshire – Hunt New Hampshire’s big woods, where you can still walk for miles without seeing a house, a road, or another hunter – unless you want to. Hunt with your friends and family, the way hunting used to be. We’ve got big bucks, gobblers galore, Sunday hunting, special youth hunts. Add to that millions of acres of prime wildlife habitat—and you’ve got the setting for an unforgettable hunting experience!

Hunter Education in New Hampshire – Thanks to hunter education, hunting is safe and getting safer! Hunter education covers the skills, regulations and responsibilities which make for a safe hunting experience, wildlife conservation and sportsmanship. Join the ranks of today’s hunter education graduates who are ensuring the future of our hunting heritage!

New Hampshire’s Hunting Regulations  – Every hunter has the responsibility to know the current year’s regulations. Do not depend on a friend, guide, or family member to know the regulations. Regulations may change from year to year. You are personally responsible for knowing and following all the regulations affecting your hunt.

Where to Hunt in New Hampshire – Whether hunting public or private land the successful hunter will spend time scouting an area and talking with locals to identify good hunting opportunities and establish personal relationships. It’s a good idea to verify public ownership with your local land management agency.

Shooting Ranges in New Hampshire – While shooting facilities provide a safe environment to practice for the upcoming season, they also provide a safe and friendly environment for shooting competitions and events.


New Hampshire Fish & Game Department | 11 Hazen Drive  | Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-2461 | Contact Information