CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s hunting season for pheasant gets underway on October 1 and continues through December 31. There will be 70 stocking sites in 46 towns. This fall, 12,200 adult ring-necked pheasants will be released in all 10 counties during the three-month season, an average of 140 birds per site. Pheasant hunters have a daily bag limit of 2, and a season limit of 10 birds.
Pheasants will be released on select state Wildlife Management Areas, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control areas and private lands open to public hunting. Each site will receive approximately 140 birds for the season, with the exception of federal flood control areas, which will receive approximately 36 more birds per site. Fish and Game will continue to release birds as close to opening day as possible and to consistently stock a Thursday/Friday schedule in-season. All stocking will be completed by October 23.
“Please keep safety foremost in mind: wear hunter orange, control your firearm muzzle and know where your hunting partners are at all times. Shoot only within your zone of fire, and keep your hunting dog under control,” said Fish and Game Pheasant Project Leader Karen Bordeau. “Do take the time to thank private and federal landowners when you use their lands. Your hunting ethics on their lands and your thoughtfulness will help keep these lands open. Unfortunately, two long-time pheasant sites – Benton and Boscawen – were lost this year because of poor hunter ethics.”
Fish and Game asks hunters to refrain from training dogs at release sites during the three days prior to October 1. Dog training flushes pheasants from release sites, often onto posted property or other areas not suitable for hunting.
The list of towns to be stocked (including road names) can be seen on the Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com/hunting/pheasant.html; printed lists are also available at Fish and Game headquarters and regional offices.
Bordeau reminds hunters to not shoot at birds at the time of release. Please do not endanger Fish and Game staff who could end up being in your line of fire.
Pheasant hunters must purchase a $26 pheasant license, in addition to the regular New Hampshire hunting license or non-resident N.H. small game license. Licenses can be purchased at www.huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent. Pheasants are purchased exclusively with revenues from the sale of pheasant licenses.
All pheasant hunters are urged to follow these basic safety guidelines:
Wear hunter orange on your head, back and chest.
Control your firearm muzzle at all times.
Always wear safety glasses.
Know where your hunting partners are at all times.
Shoot only within your zone of fire.
Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
Always keep your hunting dog under control.
For more information on hunting in New Hampshire, including online license and permit sales, visit www.huntnh.com/hunting