Bear Hunting in New Hampshire

NH Bear Season Dates and Resources

The Granite State's bear hunting season will officially open on Friday, September 1, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has established a new process to assist successful hunters with registering bears this year.  Successful bear hunters may bring their bears directly to a NH Bear Registration Station or contact a Conservation Officer for reporting.  Hunters should contact a registration station (provided in the list below) to determine hours of operation.  To register a bear with a Conservation Officer, call 603-271-3361 or contact a CO electronically to make arrangements.    

Successful bear hunters are no longer required to report their harvest within 12 hours of take to the Law Enforcement Division but are required to present the bear to a NH Registration Station, Fish and Game regional Office (call ahead to check availability), or Conservation Officer within 24 hours of take for registration.

Hunters are encouraged to periodically check this webpage, or call the Wildlife Division at 603-271-2461, for the most up to date list of NH Bear Registration Stations as additional stations may be added.

NH Bear Registration Stations

  • L.L. Cote – Errol (800) 287-7700
  • John’s Archery – Northumberland (603) 636-6140
  • Barn Store of New England – Salisbury (603) 648-2888
  • Tackle Shack – Newbury (603) 763-5508
  • Lucky 7 Farm – Washington (603) 933-3774
  • Morse Sporting Goods – Hillsboro (603) 464-3444
  • Wildlife Sport Outfitters – Manchester (603) 625-9958
  • Trader John’s Gun Shop – Winchester (603) 239-4032
  • Brookline Cutting Barn – Brookline (603) 316-7957
  • Aubuchon Hardware – Center Ossipee (603) 539-6513

Black Bear in New Hampshire

2023 Bear Season
Method Wildlife Management Units
General Season (Sept. 1 - Nov. 7) A, B, C2, D1, H1, H2, I2, K
General Season (Sept. 1 - Nov. 30) C1, D2, E, F, G, I1, J1, J2, L, M
Baiting Season (Sept. 1 – Sept. 28) A, B, C2, D1, H1, H2, I2, K, L, M
Baiting Season (Sept. 1 – Oct. 5) C1, D2, E, F, G, I1, J1, J2
Dog Season - (Sept. 18 – Nov. 7) A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F, G, H1, I1, I2,  J1, J2
Dog Season (Closed) H2, K, L, M



Bears Per Square Mile
Region 2016-2025 Management Goal Current Population Estimate Management Required
North 0.6 0.64 Stabilize
White Mountains


1.43 Decrease
Central 0.5 0.55 Stabilize
Southwest-1 0.5 0.48 Stabilize
Southwest-2 0.5 0.6 Decrease
Southeast 0.05 0.17 Decrease
Statewide 0.52 0.7 Decrease