In the Lakes Region, you don't have to go far to find some prime time hunting.  In New Hampshire, the vast majority of state, federal, municipal, and county owned land is open to hunting unless otherwise posted.  About 45 minutes north of the Lakes Region is the White Mountain National Forest with its more than 750,000 acres; the bulk of it open to hunters.  New Hampshire also offers hunting in 117 state forests, 41 state parks and about 100 Wildlife Management Areas.


  • Occupying parts of Gilford and Gilmanton, the Hidden Valley Conservation Easement offers more than 3,000 acres for hunters to pursue big game such as bear and moose, and less common game such as a bobcat or two.

  • The Jones Brook Wildlife Management Area offers hunters nearly 1,500 acres on which to hunt big game such as moose and bear and smaller game such as fox, woodchuck, and muskrat.

  • There is the Merrymeeting Wildlife Management area in Alton and parts of New Durham for both smaller animals and larger game. This is one of the more popular hunting spots.

  • Bergeron and Osborne conservation easements are located in Loudon. They are smaller in size but not in diversity. Known for its birds, this area is abundant with wild turkey, some partridges, a few geese, as well as other small animals.

MORE INFO:      New Hampshire Fish & Game Department   (603) 271-3422
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources.  We work to conserve, manage and protect NH's wild resources for public education and use.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game's web site is your best source for New Hampshire fishing and hunting info; online license sales; and wildlife and nongame programs, events, educational materials and general information.