New Hampshire

Last updated August 2020


Brendan J. Clifford
Wildlife Biologist
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-0463

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes. The statute prohibiting take includes trapping.

214:1 License Required. – No person, except as hereinafter provided, shall at any time fish, hunt, trap, shoot, pursue, take or kill freshwater fish, marine and estuarine finfish species, saltwater smelt, saltwater shad, saltwater salmonoids, wild birds, or wild animals in this state, without first procuring a proper and valid license to do so, and then only in accordance with the terms of such license and subject to all the provisions of this title. The licensee shall carry such license on his or her person when so engaged, and the license shall be subject to inspection on demand of any person.

Permit application forms

  • Application Form
  • Renewal – same form
  • Threatened and Endangered – same form, see restrictions
  • Salvage – same application form

State lands

To be determined

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.



New Hampshire Statutues
Special Licenses

Section 214:29
    214:29 Scientific Permits. – The executive director may grant scientific licenses, which may be revoked or suspended at any time, to any person, governmental entity, or educational institution for bird banding, scientific or research purposes, or other educational needs. There will be an annual fee of $25 for each scientific permit, and the executive director shall adopt rules under RSA 541-A relative to the conditions, qualifications, fee waivers, and all other criteria under which a scientific permit may be granted.


New Hampshire Administrative Rules, Fish and Game Commission (“Part “Fis”)
Chapter Fis 1100 Licenses and Permits

Fis 1106.01  Scientific Licenses.
(a)  Each applicant for a scientific license under RSA 214:29 shall include:
(1)  The applicant’s:
a.  Name;
b.  Address; and
c.  Telephone number;
(2)  Name and address of educational institution, business, or
governmental agency, if applicable;
(3)  Purpose and objective of the study;
(4)  Methodology for collection or research;
(5)  Inclusive dates of study and collection;
(6)  Waterbody or specific location(s) of the study;
(7)   Specific target species of wildlife to be taken and/or possessed;
(8)  The number of each target species to be collected or possessed;
(9)  Disposition of wildlife captured; and
(10)  Name(s) of  person(s) assisting to be listed as subpermittee(s);

(b)  The licensee shall submit a report of study results by January 31 for period covered by the scientific permit to include the following information:
(1)  The name and address to which the scientific permit was issued;
(2)  The purpose and objective of the study;
(3)  Species and number wildlife taken;
(4)  Age and sex, if known, of wildlife taken;
(5)  Location(s) where species were taken or collected, including a map for those wildlife species tracked under this license;
(6)  Date received or collected;
(7)  Disposition of the wildlife; and
(8)  Location where specimens are held, if applicable.
(c)  Copies of the permit shall be carried by permittee or subpermittees while engaged in the activities permitted under the scientific license.
(d)  Complete reports for previous scientific licenses shall be received before subsequent or renewal applications will be considered.
(e)  Waivers of the fee specified in RSA 214:29 shall only be granted to educational and nonprofit institutions and governmental agencies.

New Hampshire state endangered species law

New Hampshire Statutes. TITLE XVIII. FISH AND GAME
Section 212-A:7

212-A:7 Prohibited Acts. –
I. With respect to any endangered or threatened species, it is unlawful, except as provided in RSA 212-A:7, II for any person to:
(a) Export any such species from this state;
(b) Take any such species within this state;
(c) Possess, process, sell or offer for sale, deliver, carry, transport or ship, by any means whatsoever, any such species;
(d) Violate any rule adopted under this chapter pertaining to the conservation of such species of wildlife listed pursuant to RSA 212-A:6, IV.
II. The executive director may permit, under such terms and conditions as he may prescribe, any act otherwise prohibited by this section for scientific purposes or to enhance the propagation or survival of the affected species.

State-listed endangered bird species in New Hampshire

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii)
Least Tern (Sterna antillarum)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Common Loon (Gavia immer)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Purple Martin (Progne subis)
Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)