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October 1, 2019
CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reminds hunters that the Granite State’s seven-day fall turkey shotgun season begins on October 14 and runs through October 20, 2019.
Purchase of a turkey permit, and a New Hampshire hunting license for those ages 16 or older, allows for the harvest of two turkeys per year, one of which may be a male or hen turkey taken during the fall.
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, and M. For a detailed map visit www.wildnh.com/hunting/turkey-season.html.
Last year’s fall shotgun season resulted in a record 832 turkeys being taken. This total consisted of 385 gobblers and 447 hens. Last year’s fall take was thought to be a result of good brood production in the spring and summer, coupled with poor hard and soft mast crops in the fall. Highest fall shotgun harvest occurred in Wildlife Management Units J2, K, and H1.
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 through M (ends December 8 in WMU A).
To learn more about turkey hunting in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/hunting/turkey.html.