New Hampshire Deer:  An estimated population of 85,000 deer pre-hunt in 2015, down from 100,000 in 2014, but up from 87,000 in 2013.  Preliminary hunting data suggests a slight decline in 2016.  Available food and moderate winter benefit the deer into 2017.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical New Hampshire hunting data and news archive.
New Hampshire Deer News

Fall 2016 was a good one for deer January 22, 2017 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
...  The fall of 2016 was a great season for deer because of the great hard and soft mast crops that were available, especially acorns. Fat reserves were in great shape heading into winter... the Winter Severity Index (WSI) ... So far ...  good ...

New Hampshire Hunting Season Results December 21, 2016 Outdoor News Daily
... unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2016 hunting season was 10,702, down slightly (2%) from the 2015 final kill of 10,895...  similar to the 20-year average of 10,912. Deer hunting seasons are now closed in the state...

A large, lone deer in the snow. Windham NH Dec 23, 2016


... If you've ever watched a TV show with so-called hunters sitting in an elevated and heated shack overlooking a food plot that was created to attract deer, you've been cheated and pre-programmed to think that is a "deer hunt!"... That is a deer shoot! ...
Fish & Game's new pup should be a natural at tracking down poachers November 26, 2016 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... Training a Fish and Game dog is a year-long, full-time endeavor, Benvenuti said. Cora comes to work with him every day; he trains with her on tracking and finding game and evidence...

Watch for deer on the roadways November 18, 2016 New Hampshire, Cabinet.com
... In a typical year, an estimated 1,200 deer/vehicle collisions occur in New Hampshire...

As deer hunting starts, we still don't have CWD November 8, 2016 New Hampshire, Granite Geek - Concord Monitor
... Vermont, for example, forbids hunters from crossing that state carrying deer carcasses from New York state, which has had CWD in the past. (New Hampshire doesn’t forbid it, but cautions against it.)...

... The 2013 and 2014 harvests were the second and sixth highest harvests, respectively, in the last 40 years.  The 2015 harvest of 10,895 was down slightly ...

New Hampshire's firearms season for deer begins Wednesday November 7, 2016 WMUR
... About 60,000 hunters ... Total deer kill numbers have been up the past several years from a recent low of 9,759 in 2010... likely to be great season for New Hampshire deer hunters given the past mild winter...

...  through Oct. 30, a total of 3,154 deer had been killed by bows and muzzle-loaders, which is 19 percent fewer than at the same time last year ... Acorns are an issue for hunters because of their abundance this year, which means deer don’t have to leave the shelter of trees to find food...
     Number of deers killed by archers down 15 percent from last year October 20, 2016 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
...  a total of 1,690 deer have been killed ...

A Word with NH's Moose Biologist October 14, 2016 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... ticks are a well reported problem for moose in the northern parts of the state, but as Rines points out brainworm is a problem in the south. “Both parasites are brought by white-tailed deer,” brainworms have no observable effect on deer, but are lethal to moose...

Annual moose hunt about to start in New Hampshire October 10, 2016 New Hampshire, The Daily Progress
... A total of 71 permit holders were drawn in this year's lottery from a pool of more than 8,000 applicants for the hunt ... In 1988 ... about 1,600 moose. Today, the state has about 4,000 moose ...

State wildlife officials report latest hunting figures October 8, 2016 New Hampshire, Nashua Telegraph
... the harvest during archery season stood at 851, which was down 23 percent at the time of the report compared to numbers recorded at the same time last year...

NH anti-poaching head named president of international organization September 25, 2015 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... Although convicted poachers must pay restitution — $250 for a deer and significantly more for a moose — Saunders said the money doesn’t compensate for the fact that their crime means it may take two or more years for an animal to grow to replace the one that was killed illegally...

... in the woods off of West Road in Londonderry on August 26... contact the OGT hotline at 1(800) 344-4262 ...

When People Ate People, A Strange Disease Emerged September 6, 2016 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... "Chronic wasting disease in North America is spreading fast," says Belay. The disease causes infected wild deer and elk to starve to death. "In early 2000, we had about three states that reported CWD in the wild in deer and elk. Today, that number is 21." ...

New Hampshire wildlife victimized by drought September 4, 2016 WMUR Manchester
... the drought could cause some wildlife to relocate if their source of water dries up. And that's exactly what has happened at the farm in Rochester as deer used to use the stream but have since moved on...

... New Hampshire’s 2015 deer season resulted in a total harvest of 10,895 deer, a decrease of 4% from 2014 ... Average yearling antler beam diameter and weight were both above the recent 5-year average of 17.8 millimeters and 115 pounds respectively...

Rules change for hunters in Granite State August 1, 2016 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
... number of either-sex days during the muzzleloader and regular firearm seasons has changed ... 

Deer can be nice to look at, but not in your garden. See how to deal with them. WMUR - July 19, 2016


Moose study yields grim results June 16, 2016 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
...  of the 45 moose cows and calves collared in 2014, there was a 64 percent mortality for moose calves and five percent mortality for adult cow moose ... Assuming things stay the same, the state’s overall moose population — estimated to be around 4,000 — will decrease ...

New Hampshire data:  An estimated 85,000 deer in 2015 based.  A mild 2015-16 winter likely increased deer numbers.  The 2016 drought reduced fawn survival, but a good fall mast crop and moderate winter into 2017.  Preliminary hunting data indicated a slight decline for 2016.  An estimated 100,000 deer pre-hunt in 2014, an increase from the state estimate of 87,000 deer in the herd pre-hunt in 2013. The deer harvest fell by about 9 percent in 2014 and by about 4 percent in 2015.  About 85,000 - 90,000 deer in the state in 2013 to 2011, pre-hunt. The 2014 food supply was about average with the population having recovered in some parts of the state from the recent low following the severe winters of 2007-08 with mild winters in 2010-11 to 2013-14. In 2014 about 40 percent of the deer taken were antlerless (does and fawns).  In 2013 and 2014 roughly 1/3 of the deer taken were does and 2/3 were bucks.  About 60,000 deer hunting licenses sold in 2013, down from a peak of 97,000 in 1988.
     The goal of the wildlife agency is to increase the deer herd, except in southeastern New Hampshire where deer population control efforts are underway to reduce deer vehicle collisions and browsing on agriculture and ornamental plants.  The hunt is taking about 11 to 14 percent of the herd each year.  Stable population, significantly higher than in the 1980s.  The herd is still recovering from some severe winters beginning in 2007-08, the mild winters of 2010-12 reduced fawn mortality.  Management is trying to improve the age structure of the northern deer herd, reducing the kill of young deer. The herd population took a big drop in the 1980's.  The population has been on a general upward trend following that die off. Bucks were about 65 percent of the harvest in 2013.  About 1,300 deer are killed by cars every year in the state. Whitetails were virtually wiped out from unregulated hunting in the 1800's and early 1900's.  Peak of the rut is about November 15 to 20.  Deer are near the northern boundary of their range so a harsh winter can starve many deer.
     Moose population estimated at 4,000 2015 and 2016, down from about 4,500 in 2014 and 7,600 in 1996.  By the mid-1800s there were fewer than 15 moose in the state.  Moose hunting was banned in 1901.  Logging created habitat that helped the herd recover.  The herd began a major rebound in the 1970s.  1,600 animals in the state in 1988.  The population peaked in the 1990s at about 7,500.  About 4,000 in 2015.  
     About 5,700 black bears in 2015.   
    Bobcats estimated at 1,400 in 2016, up from about 150 in 1985.
     
The graph below shows the historic reported deer harvest for New Hampshire from NHFG.
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