NH Furbearer Season Dates and Resources

Furbearer Hunting Licensing Requirementscoyote walking

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 in digest).
  • 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.
2023-2024 Furbearer Hunting Seasons
Species Inclusive Dates Daily Limit Season Limit
Coyote No closed season;
Night hunting allowed, Jan. 1–Mar. 31
No No
Fisher Dec. 1, 2024–Jan. 31, 2025 2* 2*
Fox (Red & Gray),
Opossum, Skunk, Raccoon
Sept. 1, 2024–March 31, 2025 No No
Mink, Muskrat, Weasel

Oct. 15, 2024–April 10, 2025 (WMUs A–F)
Nov. 1, 2024–April 10, 2025 (WMUs G–M)

No No
Bobcat, Lynx, Pine marten CLOSED    
 * The statewide daily and season bag limit is 2 fisher per hunter (combined with trapping).