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October 4, 2018
CONCORD, NH – N.H. Fish and Game reminds hunters that New Hampshire’s seven-day fall turkey shotgun season begins on October 15 and runs through October 21, 2018.
Purchase of a turkey permit, and a New Hampshire hunting license for those ages 16 or older, allows for the taking of one male or hen turkey during the fall. Hunters may take only a single turkey, and the bird must be tagged with the “fall” tag.
Shooting hours for the fall season begin one-half hour before sunrise and end one-half hour after sunset. The fully-feathered, intact turkey must be registered and sealed within 24 hours of the time of taking.
Of the 18 Wildlife Management Units in the state, 11 are open to the fall shotgun season. New Hampshire’s seven-day fall shotgun turkey season applies only in WMUs D2, G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L, M. For a detailed map see www.wildnh.com/hunting/turkey-season.html.
Last year’s fall shotgun season resulted in 276 turkeys being taken. This total consisted of 91 adult males, 129 adult hens, and 56 immature birds. Of the adult males taken, 28 weighed 18 or more pounds and 14 had beards 10 or more inches in length.
The fall shotgun season was extended from five to seven days in 2016 to include two weekend days and provide increased hunting opportunity. New Hampshire also offers a fall archery season for turkey from September 15 to December 15 in Wildlife Management Units B-M (ends December 8 in WMU A).
To learn more about turkey hunting in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/hunting/turkey.html.