You might be surprised to learn that by default privately-owned land in New Hampshire is open to hunting. Unless you explicitly prohibit hunting by “posting your property,” hunters are free to come on your land and shoot whatever wild animal is in season.
What’s more, hunters are even allowed to set up tree stands on your property if you don’t put up “No Hunting” signs.
Posting your land against hunting protects wild animals from human predators, leaving so-called “game” animals to nature’s true carnivores.
Prohibiting hunting on your land also protects wildlife from some of the cruelest forms of hunting, which include hounding and bow hunting. (Some forms of hunting, such as baiting and trapping, require the owner’s written permission.)
NHARL offers free “No Hunting” signs. Contact us to request signs.
When a property changes hands, hunters may not take note. There are stories of new owners being surprised by hunters who had permission from prior owners. In one case, a couple’s dog was caught in a trap on their own land. The trapper had permission from the prior owner.
When to Post
September 1 marks the start of a wide-scale assault on New Hampshire’s wild animals by human predators who have every advantage over their prey. If you have not already posted your property, summer (May 31 through August 31) is a good time to do it.
How to Post
To be effective, posting must be done according to specifications outlined on the New Hampshire Fish & Game site. Excerpt:
Under state law (RSA 635:4), the legal manner of posting calls for posting durable signs with any words describing the physical activity prohibited, such as “No Hunting or Trespassing,” in letters at least 2 inches high, and with the owner’s name and address. The signs shall be no further than 100 yards apart on all sides of the property and shall also be posted at gates, bars and all commonly used entrances.
- Put up “No Hunting signs” no matter how small your property is.
- Staple signs every 300 feet and at gates and entrances.
- Be sure to put your name and address on the sign using a permanent black marker.
- NHARL offer free “No Hunting” signs. Contact us to request signs.
More durable signs can be purchased online.
NHARL is a non-profit, public charity registered with the State of New Hampshire. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) humane organization.
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