CONCORD – The New Hampshire pheasant hunting season began on Friday October 1 and continues through December 31. This fall, 11,475 adult collared pheasants will be stocked in the 10 counties with an average of 140 pheasants per site.
The pheasant program relies heavily on the cooperative relationship between landowners and bird hunters who are allowed to use these private lands for hunting. Hunters must always respect the privacy and safety of the landowner and landowner wherever breeding and pheasant hunting is permitted.
All pheasant breeding sites will be closed to pheasant hunting until noon on in-season breeding days which are the first three Thursdays and Fridays in October: October 7-8, October 14-15 and October 21- October 22. All storage will be complete by October 22.
The pheasant breeding site in Milford on land owned by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will no longer be stocked with birds due to safety concerns and loss of available habitat. Hunters should investigate nearby sites in the towns of Mount Vernon and Lyndeborough.
The full list of cities to store, including road names, can be viewed by visiting tinyurl.com/4xpkhdyc Printed location lists are also available at NH Fish and Game headquarters and regional offices.
Among the locations in Carroll County are West Side Road in Conway; Balcony seat rod to Dugway Road in North Conway; and Bearcamp Pond Road and Henderson Road on Route 113 to Sandwich.
“Please keep safety in mind and wear hunter orange, control the barrel of your firearm and know the location of your hunting partners at all times,” said Karen Bordeau, project manager for the little one. game and pheasant from Fish and Game. “Shoot only in your shooting range, keep control of the hunting dogs, and take the time to thank the landowners. Your hunting ethics on their property in conjunction with your thoughtfulness will help keep these private lands open to hunting.
Fish and Game has asked hunters to refrain from training dogs at release sites for the two days leading up to opening day. Dog training hunts pheasants from release sites, often on posted properties or other areas not suitable for hunting.
Pheasant hunters must purchase a $ 31 pheasant license, in addition to the regular New Hampshire hunting license or the New Hampshire non-resident small game license. Licenses can be purchased from huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game Licensing Agent. Pheasants are purchased exclusively with the income from the sale of pheasant licenses.
All pheasant hunters are advised to follow these basic safety guidelines: Wear hunter orange on your head, back and chest. Control the barrel of your gun at all times. Always wear safety glasses. Know where your hunting partners are at all times. Shoot only in your shooting range. 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 selling licenses and permits online, visit huntnh.com/hunting.