Ambiguous New Hampshire Bill Impedes Hunting

A New Hampshire anti-hunting bill disguised as public safety could end untold hunting opportunities in the Granite State. House Bill 1310 would prohibit hunters from discharging a firearm in the direction of any buildings, livestock or pets within their eyesight, no matter how far away.


Take Action! The New Hampshire House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will hear public testimony on the bill at 9 a.m., Jan. 26, in Reps Hall at the State House located at 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301. Sportsmen should oppose HB 1310 by attending the meeting or emailing all of the committee members at HouseCriminalJusticeandPublicSafety@leg.state.nh.us


“This is a ridiculously ambiguous bill that doesn’t quantify distance, what constitutes direction or specify firearm type, ammunition or anything else. It doesn’t even say a building has to be inhabited or make allowances for hunting dogs,” said Brian Lynn, vice president of communications for the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Enforced as written, shooting over your hunting dog or in the general direction of an abandoned barn three miles away would get your hunting license revoked.”

While the vague HB1310 would end every type of shooting in any general direction a hunter can even see a building, livestock or domestic pet, its punishments are very concrete and harsh. A first offense violation would result in the immediate suspension of your hunting license for the remainder of the year the offense took place in and the following year. A second offense would remove hunting privileges in New Hampshire for life.

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