Waterfowl Hunting in NH

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NH Waterfowl Zone Map

Shooting hours are from 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset.

Waterfowl hunters must obtain a federal duck stamp and a New Hampshire Migratory Waterfowl License, in addition to a New Hampshire hunting license. Click here for more information.

Migratory bird hunters are required by federal law to register for the Harvest Information Program; click here for more information. There is no charge.

Waterfowl Hunting Zones (click here for printable map with zone boundaries):

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New Hampshire’s Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend will be held statewide September 27-28, 2014.

2013-2014 Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits

Note: 2014-15 NH waterfowl hunting season dates will be finalized at a hearing in August. Early season migratory bird hunting season dates have been established and are noted in the chart below.

CLICK HERE for a printable summary of 2013-2014 N.H. waterfowl seasons.

Duck
Merganser
Coot
Snow geese
Brant
Woodcock
Common snipe
Daily bag limit
6
5
15
25
2
3
8
Possession limit
18
15
45
No limit
6
9
24

SPECIES-SPECIFIC LIMITS:

Species
Daily Bag Limit
Possession Limit
Season dates: Inland Zone
Season dates: Coastal Zone

Season dates:
Northern Zone

Black duck 1 3 Oct. 2 - Nov. 3; and Nov. 19 - Dec. 15, 2013 Oct. 3 - Oct. 14; and Nov. 19 - Jan. 5, 2014 Oct. 2 - Nov.30, 2013
Mallard 4 (2 hens) 12 (6 hens)
Scaup 2 6
Wood duck 3 9
Redhead 2 6
Hooded merganser 2 6
Coot 15 45
Canada geese (regular season) 2 6
Pintail 2 6
Canvasback 2 6
Harlequin duck N/A N/A Season closed
Brant 2 6 Oct. 2 - Oct. 31, 2013 Oct. 3 - Nov. 1, 2013 Oct. 2 - Oct. 31, 2013
Snow geese 25 No limit Oct. 2 - Dec. 15, 2013 Oct. 3 - Jan. 5, 2014 Oct. 2 - Dec. 15, 2013

2014-2015 EARLY MIGRATORY GAME BIRD SEASON DATES/BAG LIMITS:

Eider 4 12 Sea ducks may be taken only during the regular season for ducks; include in the daily bag and possession limit   Oct. 1, 2014 - Jan. 15, 2015 (please click here to see note regarding possession of Sea Ducks below)
Long-tailed duck (oldsquaw)
Scoter
Resident Canada geese
(September season)
5 15 Sept. 2 - Sept. 25, 2014
Statewide season
Woodcock 3 9 Oct. 1 - Nov. 14
Common snipe 8 24 Sept. 15 - Nov. 14
Crow
(no H.I.P. required)
No limit August 15 - Nov. 30; and
March 16-31

License Requirements for Waterfowlers
To hunt waterfowl in New Hampshire, you are required to have a Migratory Waterfowl License and a current N.H. Hunting, Combination or Small Game License (available at any Fish and Game license agent), as well as a Federal Waterfowl Stamp (available at some U.S. Post Offices; Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; and at Fish and Game's Region 2 office in New Hampton). You also are required to have a free Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) Survey permit number -- click here for more information on registering for H.I.P.

Sea Ducks (scoter, eider and long-tailed ducks): Season is from October 1 through January 15 in all coastal waters, rivers and streams seaward from the first upstream bridge. The daily bag limit is 7 birds, with no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders or 4 long-tailed ducks (previously "oldsquaw"). The possession limit is 21 birds, with no more than 12 scoters, 12 eiders or 12 long-tailed ducks. In all other areas of the state, sea ducks may be taken only during the regular season for ducks and shall be included in the regular season daily bag and possession limit.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend: Held statewide in New Hampshire on Saturday, September 27; and Sunday, September 28, 2014. Youths must be 15 years of age or younger and accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years or older. The adult must possess a current hunting license but may not hunt. The daily bag limits are the same as those allowed in the open season. All regular season waterfowl regulations, including shooting hours, use of non-toxic shot, etc., apply during the youth weekend. Click here for more about youth hunting in N.H.

1-800-327-BAND
Report all banded birds using the toll-free number 1-800-327-BAND.

Falconry (Extended season)
Northern Zone: Dec. 1 - Jan. 14, 2014
Inland Zone: Nov. 4 - Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 - Jan. 14, 2014
Coastal Zone: January 25 - March 10, 2014

NH Waterfowl Coastal Zone map

Coastal Zone: Beginning at the Maine-New Hampshire line in Rollinsford, that portion of the state east of a boundary formed by Route 4 west to the city of Dover, south to the intersection of Route 108 through Madbury, Durham and Newmarket to the junction of Route 85 in Newfields, south to Route 101 in Exeter, east to Interstate 95 in Hampton, and south to the Massachusetts line.

Inland Zone: Area of the state east of the Connecticut River Zone, south of the Northern Zone, and west of the Coastal Zone.

Northern Zone: Area of the state east of the Connecticut River Zone and north of the Inland Zone beginning at the Jct. of Rte.10 and Rte.25A in Orford, east on Rte. 25A to Rte. 25 in Wentworth, southeast on Rte. 25 to Exit 26 off I-93 in Plymouth, south on Rte. I-93 to Rte. 3 at Exit 24 off I-93 in Ashland, northeast on Rte. 3 to Rte. 113 in Holderness, north on Rte. 113 to Rte. 113-A in Sandwich, north on Rte. 113-A to Rte. 113 in Tamworth, east on Rte. 113 to Rte. 16 in Chocorua, north on Rte. 16 to Rte. 302 in Conway, east on Rte. 302 to the ME-NH border.

Connecticut River Waterfowl Hunting Zone (NH/Vermont) - Area of the State of VT east of I-91 at the MA border, north on I-91 to Rte. 2, north on Rte. 2 to Rte. 102, north on Rte. 102 to Rte. 253, and north on Rte. 253 to the border with Canada. The Connecticut River Zone is that area of NH west of Rte. 63 at the MA border, north on Rte. 63 to Rte. 12, north on Rte. 12 to Rte. 12-A, north on Rte. 12A to Rte 10, north on Rte. 10 to Rte. 135, north on Rte. 135 to Rte. 3, north on Rte. 3 to the intersection with the Connecticut River.

  • Regulations for the New Hampshire Inland Zone apply to the entire Connecticut River Zone in New Hampshire and Vermont.

  • NOTE: The New Hampshire and Vermont state legislatures have enacted reciprocal migratory waterfowl hunting rights for licensed waterfowl hunters in the Connecticut River Zone.


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