Welcome to the New Hampshire crossbow hunting regulations guide, which we’ve prepared to help you figure out the current legal situation in this state. While we did our best to present you with accurate and well-researched information, it’s possible that we might have omitted something and, as a result, we advise you to confront what you learn here with an additional source, just to make sure that we have not missed any important update and forgot to include it over here.
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Crossbow Hunting Regulations in New Hampshire
Crossbows can be legally used to harvest deer in New Hampshire during deer firearms season, and it can also be legally used by handicapped hunters if an appropriate disability license is obtained (lifetime, costs $10). Before you can obtain a crossbow hunting license ($46), you must complete a hunter education course – a full list of these courses including dates and other information can be found on this page.
You cannot use a crossbow during archery season in New Hampshire unless you have a disability license; and in that case, you will only be allowed to use a crossbow, and won’t be allowed to ever hunt with a long bow, compound or recurve bow. To be able to legally hunt deer, you will need a deer crossbow permit, which costs around $5.
For your crossbow to qualify for hunting in New Hampshire, it will need to:
- Have a minimum draw weight of 125 pounds
- Have a stock with a minimum length of 25″
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