Hunters Prepare for 2022 Muzzleloader Season – NH Fish and Game Department


Becky Fuda: (603) 271-1126
Jay Martin: (603) 271-3211
October 18, 2022

Concord, NH – More than 20,000 muzzleloaders are expected to hit New Hampshire’s forests during the upcoming muzzleloader deer season, which runs from October 29 to November 8. muzzle each time before shooting. Muzzleloaders date back to pioneer times, but have become an increasingly popular sporting firearm in recent years.

“Deer hunting is very popular in New Hampshire,” said Becky Fuda, deer project manager at the NH Fish and Game Department. “People appreciate the opportunity to spend time in the field with friends and family. They also appreciate the high-quality dietary value of venison, which is a naturally fed, free-range source of lean protein for thousands of New Hampshire families. Last year hunters harvested approximately 12,550 deer in our state. If you assume that each deer provides about 40 pounds of venison and each venison meal weighs about 1 pound, that’s over half a million venison meals eaten each year.

Fuda also noted that “New Hampshire’s 11-day muzzle-loading season is favored by hunters due to its earlier timing, milder weather, and high level of buck activity that occurs until at the peak of the mid to late deer breeding season. November.”

In New Hampshire, muzzle-loading hunters have 11 days before opening day of the regular gun season to hunt deer. Hunters must obtain a regular hunting license ($32 for residents; $113 for non-residents) and a mouth hunting license ($16 for residents; $41 for non-residents).

“Hunters are reminded to maintain safety as their first priority,” Fuda said. They are also asked to treat private landowners with respect, courtesy and appreciation. “We rely heavily on the generosity of private landowners for access to hunting in our state. We owe it to private landowners and our peers to treat private land with great respect. Without access to private land, many hunters would be severely limited in their hunting options.

Hunters should remember to take the necessary precautions when handling wild game to minimize possible exposure to wildlife disease. Above all, hunters should avoid shooting or handling any animal that appears sick. For more tips on safe handling of wild game, please visit:

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