Spring Turkey Hunting season in New Hampshire runs all through the month of May, with the last weekend in April being set aside for a special youth turkey hunting event. Wild turkey is plentiful in the state and the art of woodsmanship is highly respected. You can come to hunt, and you can come to also learn more about the sport, increase your skills and get the latest in gear. Many towns run spot hunting competitions that serve as anchors for local events that feature craft fairs and swap meets. You don’t always have to travel in with your own guns but can find suitable gear to rent from one of the many local hunting suppliers.
Rules and regulations
Your best bet is to go online and check out what you need to hunt the season in New Hampshire. You can find all the New Hampshire rules and regulations for adult and youth hunting as well as order your license online. There is a special youth turkey hunting weekend set aside that happens just before the full season starts that you should also consider. If you are interested in having your child participate you can check out the special section on for youth turkey hunting as well. On the state site you will also find resources about where to go, what to expect as well as some excellent online courses you can take to improve your outdoorsmanship.
What you should bring
Spring in New England can be unpredictable. The one thing you can be sure of is while you may get beautiful days, the nights are bound to be cold. This means frost on the ground so make sure you have solid footwear that will keep your feet well insulated. Spring is also very damp in New Hampshire with the melts and rains contributing to an overall mud bed in most of the state. Depending on where you are planning to hunt, you may also be faced with either camping out over night or fording streams. If you don’t have the right gear with you, or would like input on what would be the best to bring with you; you should contract with a local guide or outfitter to make sure that you are properly prepared. It can also be a great idea to book a turkey tour hunt if it is your first time in the area so you get a thorough education on the season and how it plays out in the state.
Coming in from the cold
You want to make sure that you pick the right food and comfortable lodging for after your day in the field. The spring turkey season is hugely popular and many of the local bed and breakfast establishments not only run discount specials, but they also have hunting schedules. This means you can start your day with a hot breakfast before the sun comes up while tourists visiting for bridges and hikes are still tucked in bed.