Deer Hunting in New Hampshire 2013

New Hampshire, Antler Nation State, Deer Hunting in New Hampshire

New Hampshire



Est. Whitetail Population


No. Licenses Sold Annually


Resident hunting license is $22 (includes firearms deer tag) plus $22 for archery tag and $16 for muzzleloader tag.

Resident hunting license and deer permit


Non-resident hunting license is $103 plus $73 for archery tag and $41 for muzzleloader tag.

Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

187 2/8"

Taken by John Klucky in Merrimack County in 2006.

Record B&C Typical Stat


Total B&C Typical Entries

222 7/8"

Taken by John Gravelle in Grafton County in 1950.

Record B&C Non-Typical Stat


Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Season Dates (2013): Archery season runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 14, then Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Firearm season is Nov. 15-30. Muzzloader season for Zone 1 is Dec. 6-15; Zone 2 is Dec. 13-22; and Zone 3 is Dec. 6-22.

The Grade: A-

Antler Nation Knowledge: When it comes to deer management in the Southeast, one word jumps to mind for the Magnolia State: progressive. An astounding 52 percent of Mississippi's 141 Boone and Crockett bucks have been killed since 2000. That's no doubt due in large part to the antler restrictions that have been in place for several years now. Bucks in the Hill and Southeast zones must have a minimum inside spread of 10 inches or a main beam length of 13 inches. Bucks in the Delta Zone must have an inside spread of 12 inches or a main beam length of 15 inches. Hunters are allowed three bucks per season. Youth hunters ages 15 and younger are exempt from the antler restrictions. We think that's pretty cool.

Of course, if you've kept up with Antler Nation and the grading criteria at all, you know it's not all about antlers. We give good scores based on opportunity as much as antler size. Mississippi has nearly 2 million acres of public land in the form of WMAs, national forests, national wildlife refuges and ground managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With such a massive deer population and a bag limit of eight deer per season (three bucks, three does), hunters should have no problem filling the freezer. License fees for residents are a steal. Non-resident fees are steep, but competitive for the region. Three-day licenses are available to alleviate some of the cost.