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December 18, 2018

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CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire fishing and hunting licenses for 2019 are now available. Purchase yours and get set for a WILD year of outdoor adventure, from ice fishing this winter to bagging your deer next fall. Licenses are good for the calendar year, from January 1 through December 31, 2019. Purchase them online at, at the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord, or from Fish and Game license agents across the state.

Your annual hunting or fishing license – or, best of all, your “combo” license – is your year-round ticket to New Hampshire’s great outdoors. Seacoast anglers need a saltwater recreational fishing license to fish in coastal or estuarine waters.

When you get your new license, be sure to check out the 2019 New Hampshire Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing digests, which are hot off the press. Read them online now at or pick up a copy at license agents or Fish and Game Department offices. These handy publications include summaries of important fishing rules and regulations, photos for identifying fish, and more.

For those New Hampshire residents who have been issued a new driver’s license number with the new numbering format, you must search for your record using either a previous NH Fish and Game license number or NH Hunter Education certificate number from the year 2000 or later. After you have successfully updated your profile record, you will be able to search for your record using the new number. The NH Fish and Game Department does not have access to the Department of Safety database and cannot update your record for you.

For hunters and anglers concerned about maintaining access to pursue their sports, the $10 Wildlife Legacy donation provides an opportunity to support Fish and Game’s Landowner Relations Program, which works in partnership with hunters, anglers, and landowners to maintain hunting and fishing access to private lands. Learn more at

Hikers, climbers, back country skiers, kayakers, and other outdoor devotees are encouraged to purchase or renew their voluntary annual Hike Safe card for 2019. Card sales provide important support for Fish and Game’s search and rescue efforts and exempt the purchaser from certain repayment liabilities associated with potential search and rescue costs. Hike Safe cards are $25 for an individual and $35 for a family (parents and minor children), and are good through the end of the calendar year. Winter’s unpredictable weather conditions make a 2019 Hike Safe card a sound investment for outdoor enthusiasts of any skill level. The purchase of a fishing or hunting license brings the same benefit as a Hike Safe card.  Learn more at

Fishing and hunting license revenue directly supports wildlife and fisheries management, law enforcement, and conservation education in New Hampshire.