New Hampshire’s pheasant hunting season runs from October 1 through December 31. This fall, 12,260 adult ring-necked pheasants will be released in all 10 counties during the three-month season, an average of 140 birds per site.
The ring-necked pheasant is one of the most colorful of the game birds. It can run like the wind and disappear instantly into a hedgerow. It takes to the air only as a last resort, testing the skills of many hunting dogs with its hide-and-seek behavior.
Pheasant hunting has a long history in New Hampshire — the first pheasants were stocked here over a hundred years ago. Today the time-honored tradition of pheasant hunting is possible in the state only because private landowners continue to allow hunters access to their land. Hunters can strengthen this important relationship with landowners by closing gates, controlling their dogs and parking in designated areas to avoid blocking driveways and entrances. Please take the time to be courteous and thank these landowners for their generosity.