The Opening of New Hampshire’s Pheasant Season

Posted by admin On November - 3 - 2011

As the fall season is coming, so are a lot of hunting seasons as well. This should make the avid hunter very happy.

Pheasant hunting season in New Hampshire kicked off on October 1, and then continues on through December 31. During this year of pheasant hunting, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will release 13,500 adult ring necked pheasants. On average, this is 160 birds per hunting site.

There will be around 75 sites spanned over 50 different towns. Most of these sites will be stocked on either a Thursday or Friday in the month of October. The sites will not be stocked during moose season which is October 15 through the 23.

The towns that are going to be stocked, including the names of roads can be found by going to the New Hampshire Fish and Game website at They are also handing out printed lists at their headquarters and in regional offices.

Most of the release sites are going to be on private lands, with landowner permission and only available to these sportsmen because of the landowners cooperation. They are asking that the hunters respect their land, and follow all safety guidelines while out hunting. You should take the time to thank the landowners as well for allowing the hunters to have this opportunity.

A pheasant license must be purchased to be a part of this hunt. They can be purchased for $26 on top of the New Hampshire hunting license, or the non resident New Hampshire small game license if you’re not a resident. The licenses needed can be purchased online at, or you can visit any Fish and Game agent.

Hunters are asked to refrain from bringing, training, or releasing their dogs on the hunting site for at least 3 days prior to October 1. Dog training can ultimately flush the pheasants from these sites, they will then move to a different site that is not suitable for hunting.

All of the hunters going out to hunt these pheasants are strongly urged to follow these safety guidelines:

  • Wear bright, hunter orange on your chest, head, and back.
  • Control your firearm at all times.
  • Always wear the proper safety eye wear.
  • Know where your hunting partners are at all times while hunting.
  • Always keep your hunting dog under control, in orange, and know where they are.
  • Shoot only within your zone of firing.
  • Be sure of the target you’re shooting at, and what is beyond it.

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