How to Register Your Deer
Guide to Registering Your NH Harvested Deer
Hunters have the option to register their deer at a physical registration station or online. Regardless of which registration method hunters choose, harvested deer MUST be registered within 24 hours (see the NH Hunting & Trapping Digest for rules). As of the 2023 season, hunters are no longer be required to register their harvested deer before taking another.
To facilitate the collection of biological data on deer, the online registration system will be unavailable for the first two days of muzzleloader season and the first three days of firearms season. Hunters will be required to register their deer in-person at a registration station during this time.
Outside of the days listed above, hunters may opt to register their deer online and will be asked to provide all the same information online as they would if registering at a physical location. The deer tag must be securely affixed to the deer. Online registration is not intended for deer struck by a motor vehicle. As of the 2023 season leg seals are no longer be issued.
Prior to starting the online registration process, hunters should have the following information readily available:
- License/permit information
- License plate number of the vehicle used while hunting
- Town and Wildlife Management Unit where the deer was harvested
- Sex of the deer
- Age of the deer (adult vs. fawn)
- Antler length and number of points (for bucks)
NOTE: Upon submission of the registration, a confirmation number will be issued. You must print or save this information electronically as proof of completion of your online registration.
Physical Registration Stations
NHFG continues to work with registration stations throughout the state to provide local resources for hunters to register their deer. Some stations use an online registration platform while others continue to complete paper registrations. As of the 2023 season, leg seals are no longer issued for deer. All stations will supply hunters with a Deer Confirmation Card that contains a unique Deer Confirmation Number in lieu of a seal.
Prior to entering a registration station, you should have your hunting license in hand, know the license plate number of the vehicle used while hunting, as well as the town and WMU that the deer was harvested in order to expedite the registration process. Some registration stations may have limited hours; hunters should call ahead to find out if their local registration station will be open. For the most up to date list of registration stations in New Hampshire, visit Deer and Turkey Check Stations in New Hampshire.