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October 18, 2012

Turkeys abundant, but season is short

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s five-day fall shotgun turkey hunting season ends Friday, Oct. 19, in all but six of the state’s Wildlife Management Units.

Areas open to fall shotgun turkey hunting encompass much of the Connecticut River Valley and Southern New Hampshire, including WMUs D1, D2, G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L and M. Because fall harvest tends to favor females and given the number of permits sold each year, the fall shotgun season is restricted to five weekdays only, to avoid overharvest and a subsequent impact on spring hunting opportunities.

For a map and more information on turkey hunting in New Hampshire, visit huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_turkey.htm.

The turkey license required to hunt turkey in New Hampshire covers both the spring and fall turkey seasons during a calendar year; the price is $16 for residents and $31 for nonresidents. In addition to the turkey license, residents also must have a current N.H. hunting, archery or combination license, and nonresidents must have a big game hunting or archery license, depending on their hunting plans. Youth hunters are reminded that they do require a turkey license.

Hunters may take only a single turkey (of either sex) during the fall, either with bow and arrow during the archery season, or with a shotgun during the shotgun season. The bird must be tagged with the “fall” tag that comes on the turkey license.

New Hampshire also has a long fall archery season for turkey, which runs from Sept. 15 through Dec. 15 throughout the state, with the exception of WMU A, which is closed to fall turkey hunting.

Ted Walski, N.H. Fish and Game’s turkey project leader, advises that the state’s wild turkeys are doing well this year. The early summer 2012 wild turkey brood survey indicated a favorable hatch, which will add a significant number of turkeys to the fall population.

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