Small Game and Upland Bird Hunting
NH Small Game and Upland Bird Hunting Dates and Resources
Small game and upland bird species in New Hampshire are: ruffed grouse, pheasant, quail, Hungarian/European partridge, chukar, cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, gray squirrel.
Youth hunters under 16 do not require a license to hunt small game when accompanied by a properly licensed adult over the age of 18.
Woodcock are a migratory game bird and require a HIP (National Migratory Bird Harvest information) permit.
- Season: Statewide Oct 1- Nov 14
- Bag limit- 3
- Possession limit- 9
Ring-necked pheasants are stocked in limited supply by NH Fish and Game. In addition to a NH hunting license, a pheasant license is required to hunt pheasants.
|Species (Inclusive Dates)||WMU's||Daily Limit||Season Limit|
|Cottontail Rabbit1 (Oct 1- Jan 31, 2024)||H2, K, L, M||2||No|
|Cottontail Rabbit* (Falconry: Oct 1- Mar 15, 2024)||H2, K, L, M||2||No|
|Gray Squirrel (Sep 1- Jan 31, 2024)||All||5||10|
|Pheasant1 (Oct 1- Dec 31)||All||2||No|
|Ruffed Grouse (Oct 1- Dec 31)||All||4||No|
|Quail, Chukar, Partridge (Oct 1- Dec 31)||All||4||No|
|Snowshoe Hare (Oct 1- Mar 31, 2024)||A, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E, F, G, J1||3||No|
|Snowshoe Hare (Oct 1- Mar 31, 2024)||H1, H2, I1, I2, J2, K, L, M||2||No|