Deer Hunting in New Hampshire
Opening Day for New Hampshire's 2014 regular firearm deer season is November 12.
- Archery: Sept. 15 - Dec. 15, 2014 (closes December 8 in WMU A)
- Muzzleloader: November 1 - Nov. 11, 2014 Statewide
- Firearms: November 12-December 7, 2014 (closes November 30 in WMU A)
- Youth Deer Weekend: Oct. 25 - 26, 2014
- Deer harvest results (with 10-year comparison by county)
- 2013 deer season dates - CLICK HERE for printable map/dates
- 2013 deer hunt outlook by Deer Project Leader Dan Bergeron
- Wildlife Management Unit maps
- Click to download a printable DEER TAG!
- Special Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits - Available in July
- Special Deer Permit for Archery
- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Shotgun-only deer hunt. Click here for application.
- Managing the deer population
Resources for Deer Hunters:
- Deer check stations
- NH Wildlife Harvest Summary
- Field Care of Big Game
- Leashed dog deer trackers - Licensed in NH
- Hunting guides, butchers, taxidermists - see links on main hunting page
- Hunting out of state?
Special rules for WMU A: The archery and rifle deer seasons are shortened in WMU A -- please note specific dates below.
Did You Know?
- OPEN LAND: NH has more than 200,000 acres of state land; 750,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest; and thousands of acres of private land open to hunting.
- SUNDAY HUNTING: We have it, some states don't... we won't name any names!
Please note: 2014 is a biennial season-setting year; final deer season dates will be finalized through the rule-making process, with hearings on March 31, April 2 and April 3, 2014. For hearing locations and details of the proposed rules, including a chart of proposed deer days for each WMU, click here.
|ARCHERY||Any deer||Sept. 15-
|WMU A: Archery deer season ends one week early|
|Any deer||Sept. 15-
|MUZZLELOADER||Any deer||Nov. 2-12||L, M|
|Antlered deer only||Nov. 2-Nov. 12||A-D1, D2-EAST, E, F, G2, I1, I2, J1|
|Any deer||Nov. 2-Nov. 3||D2-west, G1|
|Antlered deer only||Nov. 4-Nov. 12|
|Any deer||Nov. 2-Nov. 4||H1, H2, J2, K|
|Antlered deer only||Nov. 5-Nov. 12|
|FIREARM||Antlered deer only||Nov. 13-Dec. 1||WMU A: Firearm deer season ends one week early|
|Antlered deer only||Nov. 13-Dec. 8||B-D1, D2-EAST, E, F, G2, I1, I2, J1|
Nov. 13-Nov. 14
|D2-west, G1, H1, H2, J2, K|
|Antlered deer only||Nov. 15-Dec. 8|
|Any deer||Nov. 13-Nov. 22||L, M|
|Antlered deer only||Nov. 23-Dec. 8|
|Antlerless deer only||4,000 permittees in Unit M; Click here for info|
|YOUTH HUNT||Any deer statewide||Oct. 26-27||Click here for details.|
Help Keep CWD Out of New Hampshire
Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is a brain disease that is fatal to deer and elk that continues to be a concern to deer hunters and managers in New Hampshire and New England. Annual monitoring efforts since 2002 have not detected CWD in any New England state. Prevention of CWD in New Hampshire remains a top priority.
Hunters travelling outside of NH should be aware that regulations prohibit the importation into New Hampshire of hunter-killed deer and elk carcasses or parts of carcasses from the 19 U.S. states and Canadian provinces where CWD has been found, except for de-boned meat, antlers, antlers attached to skull caps with all soft tissue removed, upper canine teeth with all soft tissue removed, hides or capes with no part of the head attached and finished taxidermy mounts. New York remains the state closest to New Hampshire where CWD has been found, but other eastern states where CWD has been detected include Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.
- CWD Q&A - Click here to learn more about a serious potential threat to our deer herd.
- Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan for the Northeast region, approved by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, November 2006
Where to Stay in NHFor lodging and camping information, visit the New Hampshire Office of Travel & Tourism Development at www.visitnh.gov.