NH Furbearer Season Dates and Resources
Furbearer Hunting Licensing Requirements
To hunt for furbearers, hunters must have a current Regular N.H. Hunting, Combination, or Archery License. A Small Game License does not allow for the hunting of furbearers.
- No closed season.
- Night Hunting: Coyotes may be hunted at night from Jan. 1 through March 31. Lights may be used, except from a motor vehicle, snowmobile, or OHRV. Coyote night hunters are restricted to shotguns, .22 caliber rimfire, muzzleloaders, or archery equipment in those towns with special rules (see page 22).
- Electronic calling devices are legal.
- Written landowner permission, filed with the local conservation officer, is required to hunt coyote at night or to place bait for coyotes.
- Baiting is not permitted on ice-covered public waters.
- From the close of the bear baiting season through December 15, baiting for coyote will be restricted to the use of meat, animal parts, carrion, or fish only.
|Species||Inclusive Dates||Daily Limit||Season Limit|
|Coyote||No closed season;
Night hunting allowed, Jan. 1–Mar. 31
|Fisher||Dec. 1, 2023–Jan. 31, 2024||2*||2*|
|Fox (Red & Gray),
Opossum, Skunk, Raccoon
|Sept. 1, 2023–March 31, 2024||No||No|
|Mink, Muskrat, Weasel||
Oct. 15, 2023–April 10, 2024 (WMUs A–F)
|Bobcat, Lynx, Pine marten||CLOSED|
|* The statewide daily and season bag limit is 2 fisher per hunter (combined with trapping).|