Dan Bergeron: (603) 271-1126
Allison Keating: (603) 352-9669
September 6, 2022
Concord, NH – The Granite State’s fall turkey hunting season opens on September 15 for archers, while the fall shotgun season runs October 10-16 in designated Wildlife Management Units. Hunters who did not fill both of their turkey tags during the 2022 spring season may harvest one bird during either the fall archery or fall shotgun season.
Hunters must register their turkey within 24 hours of harvest and have the option to register their birds either online or in person. Regardless of registration method, hunters must affix the tag that is issued with the hunter’s turkey license to the bird immediately upon harvest.
Check Station Registration: It is recommended that hunters contact their local registration station to confirm that the location is operating and registering birds during the fall season. For a list of registration stations in New Hampshire visit: https://wildlife.state.nh.us/hunting/deer-check-stations.html.
Online Registration: If birds are not registered in person, they must be registered online. Hunters are strongly encouraged to have an accurate scale and ruler or tape measure to record correct weight, beard length, and spur length information. Hunters will need a reliable internet connection and the following information readily available to complete the online registration process:
- Hunting/turkey license information
- License plate number of the vehicle used while hunting
- Town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) where the turkey was harvested
- Sex of the bird
- Age of the bird (adult vs. juvenile)
- Weight of the bird (to the nearest 1/4 pound)
- Beard length (to the nearest 1/4 inch)
- Spur lengths (to the nearest 1/16 inch)
Successful online registration will result in a confirmation email upon completion. Hunters must retain a copy of this confirmation as proof that their turkey was legally registered online by saving a digital version or printing a copy of the email. Accurately entered registration data is imperative because the information is relied upon by wildlife biologists and conservation officers. To register turkeys online, and for tips on how to age, weigh, and measure birds visit https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/hunting/turkey-reg.html.
Wild turkey management is funded, in part, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Restoration Program.