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New Hampshire Hunting Seasons Open September 1
 regular firearms deer-hunting season starts on November 8. Both the archery and regu- lar firearms seasons for deer will again end one week early in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) A. Check the Digest for WMU-specific either-sex deer hunting regulations and addi- tional bear hunting opportuni-
begin, the NH Fish and Game Department asks hunters not to use natural urine-based deer lures. These products can po- tentially spread chronic wasting disease (CWD), a neurological disorder that is always fatal to white-tailed deer and moose. Synthetic lures are suggested. Do your part and help keep our deer
Archery: September 15–December 15 (ends December 8 in WMU A)
Youth Deer Weekend: October 21–22 Muzzleloader: October 28–November 7
Firearms: November 8–December 3 (ends November 26 in WMU A)
BLACK BEAR: September 1 (end date varies by WMU) GRAY SQUIRREL: September 1, 2023–January 31, 2024
SNOWSHOE HARE: October 1, 2023–March 31, 2024 (bag limit varies by WMU)
RUFFED GROUSE: October 1–December 31 MOOSE: October 15–23 (by permit only)
Shotgun: October 16–22 (certain WMUs)
Archery: September 15–December 15 (ends December 8 in WMU A)
CONCORD – New Hamp- shire’s fall hunting seasons kick off on Friday, September 1, with the opening of black bear and gray squirrel seasons. Archery seasons for turkey and white- tailed deer get underway Sep- tember 15, and the statewide resident Canada goose hunt runs September 1–25.
Highlights of New Hamp-
shire’s hunting seasons can be found in the New Hampshire Hunting & Trapping Digest, which includes New Hampshire hunting season dates, bag lim- its, check station locations, and more. Hunters and trappers can pick up a free copy at New Hampshire Fish and Game De- partment headquarters or at their local license agent when they buy
their license. The Digest can also be viewed online at www.huntnh. com/hunting/publications.html. Other helpful online resources include the most recent Wildlife Harvest Summary Report and the Small Game Summary Re- port.
Hunters look forward to the opening day of deer season all year, and the much-anticipated
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ties. This fall’s shotgun turkey season will again run for 7 days (October 16–22) and includes a full weekend.
The following is a general overview of New Hampshire’s fall hunting seasons. Be sure to consult the Digest or visit http:// for additional information.
Apprentice hunting licenses are an option for people age 16 and older who want to try hunt- ing but have not taken Hunter Education, or who have not been able to schedule a field day. The apprentice hunting license allows unlicensed people to hunt under the guidance of a licensed hunter age 18 or older. Apprentice li- censes are available only at NH Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord. Learn more at ing/apprentice.html.
As the fall hunting seasons
herd free of CWD. Learn more at cwd.
Hunters should remember to take proper care when handling wild game to minimize possible exposure to wildlife diseases. First and foremost, hunters should avoid shooting or handling any animal that appears sick. For more tips on safe handling of wild game, please visit https:// safe-handling-wild-game.html.
New Hampshire hunting li- censes and permits can be pur- chased online anytime at www.
Get out and enjoy New Hampshire’s big woods safely by wearing hunter/blaze orange. With more than a million acres of public land open to hunting and outdoor recreation, blaze orange is the safe choice for all outdoor enthusiasts this fall.

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