Bird Hunting New Hampshire

bird hunting new Hampshire

There are many hunting opportunities when bird hunting New Hampshire.

The granite state is a beautiful diverse landscape from the White Mountains, to the river valleys of the south. The North Country, being a very popular destination for those hardcore bird hunters looking for wild Ruffed Grouse in native habitat. Check out the bird hunting New Hampshire films, The Experience, Partridge Country, and Searching- A New England Bird Hunting Tale.

Ruffed Grouse

Without a doubt, the Ruffed Grouse is the most popular of all the upland hunting species while bird hunting New Hampshire. The northern parts of the state are a mecca for active New England logging operations and this breeds’ phenomenal habitat for the Ruffed Grouse. The southern part of that state is still littered with overgrown abandoned farms that can make for some great pocket covers.

The Ruffed Grouse Season runs from October 1st to December 31st, with a 4 daily bag limit.

American Woodcock

American Woodcock is another phenomenal upland species to go after while bird hunting New Hampshire. Some part of the states will not only hold resident birds from this migrating species but also massive migrations routes that make for some of the best bird hunting New Hampshire days.

The American Woodcock season runs from October 1st through November 14th, with a daily bag limit of 3 birds. (Governed by federal migratory bird laws. HIP Survey Required)

The Ring-necked Pheasant

Pheasant hunting is without a doubt a major America past time. While Bird Hunting New Hampshire, you will find no shortage of pheasant hunting. Although wild birds are far and few in between (some credit this to harsh winters), there are many stocking sites that will give you good bird hunting in New Hampshire. With 53 locations listed on the state of New Hampshire’s website for stocking locations. However, while bird hunting in New Hampshire, Pheasant requires an additional $31 dollar license (2016).

The Ring-necked Pheasant season runs from October 1st to December 31st. Daily bag limit is 2 with a 10 season limit.

Other Bird Hunting New Hampshire Species

Although there are seasons for Northern Bobwhite Quail, Chukar, and Hungarian Partridge they are far and few in between. Often found next to private preserves as a result of pen raised releases for private bird hunting New Hampshire operations. The bag limits are governed by the same laws as Ruffed Grouse hunting. With a daily bag limit of 4 birds, running from October 1st to December 31st.

Conservation and Non-Profit Organizations for New Hampshire Bird Hunting.

North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA)

Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society

The New Hampshire Hunters Safety Course

The state of New Hampshire requires a hunters safety course certificate to purchase a hunting license. They do however offer a Mentor License Program for one year in which you must hunt with a fully licensed hunter. After the first year the hunters safety certificate is required for a second year purchase. The NH course can be completed partially online and followed up with a field day. To find out more information check out New Hampshire Hunter Safety Course.

The bird hunting season dates, game bird species available, and other information is subject to change and may not be reflected in this article. Please visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for the most up to date information on bird hunting New Hampshire. 

Last modified: February 10, 2018

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