New Hampshire Deer News

2014 good for NH hunters, who bagged more than 11,500 deer December 20, 2014 New Hampshire, Nashua Telegraph
... Hunters killed almost 11,500 deer in New Hampshire during this year’s hunting seasons, one of the highest totals in recent years and further indication that the state’s deer herd has rebounded from low points in the 1980s...

Deer, Bear and Turkey Hunting Results Tallied December 19, 2014 New Hampshire, londonderrynh.net
... The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2014 hunting season was 11,464 deer — down 8.6% from the final 2013 kill of 12,540, but a good year nonetheless ... The 2014 harvest represents about 11.5% of New Hampshire’s pre-season population of about 100,000 deer ...

... These pale beasts have lately come to haunt forests across the northern United States... they are white because climate change makes them vulnerable to winter ticks... “The ticks cover their bodies like shingles on a roof,” ...

Eight points about antlers November 25, 2014 New Hampshire, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript 
... Antlers are among the fastest growing bones in the animal kingdom.  Antlers start forming in the spring and keep growing through summer, a living tissue that’s circulating blood and nerves and encased in a soft velvet. If you could touch that developing antler, you’d suddenly find that it’s hot, with blood rushing through it ...

Deer Hunting Going Well; Bear Harvest Up November 19, 2014 New Hampshire, londonderrynh.net 
... Through November 16, 2014, hunters had taken an estimated 8,119 deer in New Hampshire. The statewide total to date represents an 11% decrease from the 9,122 registered at this point in the 2013 season...

Poaching is a crime that affects us all November 16, 2014 New Hampshire, Seacoastonline.com
... In New Hampshire, Operation Game Thief is an anti-poaching program that encourages the public to get involved and report any suspicious activity any time of the year. The toll-free hotline at (800) 344-4262 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year...

The hunt is on in Southern New Hampshire November 15, 2014 New Hampshire, Eagle-Tribune
... The deer population in the southern part of the state is higher than officials like to see, so they issued 4,000 special permits that allow license holders to take two additional antlerless deer per season...

Deer season opens Saturday; Firearms season runs November 15-30 November 14, 2014 New Hampshire, Greene County Daily World 
... New Hampshire hunters have taken an estimated 5,102 deer statewide as of November 9 ...  under new regulations this year, the deer baiting season ends on November 19 in all Wildlife Management Units except WMU M and on Governor’s and Long Islands ... 

Firearms hunting season for deer begins in NH November 12, 2014 New Hampshire, icito.com
... More than 60,000 hunters are expected ... almost 1 million acres open to hunting ... As of Nov. 2, the state reported 3,692 deer taken by all means, which was down 18 percent from year-to-date numbers from last year...

... “A study on fawn production done a few years ago suggested that almost half of the state’s does are bred between Nov. 15 and 20,” said Kent Gustafson, a wildlife biologist for New Hampshire Fish & Game. “That means the peak of the rut occurs in the middle of the (hunting) season.” ...

Regular firearms deer hunting season opens Wednesday November 10, 2014 New Hampshire, Union Leader 
... This year’s totals are down 16 percent from last year at this point...

2014 Moose Hunt,  Deer the winners this archery season November 2, 2014 New Hamshire, Concord Monitor
... The 2014 moose season ended last Sunday and the results point to a successful season with a 72-percent hunter success rate. This is up from last year’s 64 percent. There were 57 bulls (63 percent) and 34 cows (37 percent). The preliminary region numbers show the success rate at 81 percent in the Connecticut Lakes Region, 79 percent in the North Region ...

Successful moose season in Granite State November 1, 2014 New Hampshire,  Lowell Sun
... Preliminary figures show that 91 hunters succeeded in taking their moose during the nine-day season... Ticks are the major reason the number of permits per dropped from 500 down to the present number of 125...

Productivity measures of white‐tailed deer in New Hampshire: Assessing reduced recruitment  NL Fortin, PJ Pekins, KA Gustafson - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2014
... recruitment rates based on indices from harvested deer have steadily declined since the mid-1990s... Pregnancy rates were 97% and 100% in the adult and yearling age classes, respectively, but few (8%) fawns bred. All pregnant fawns carried single fetuses, while yearlings averaged 1.72 fetuses and adults 1.95... Pregnancy rate and fecundity of older deer were unchanged since the 1980s; fawn pregnancy rate declined but was always relatively low. Productivity of the population increased due to a greater proportion of adults in 2011–2013, suggesting that declining recruitment may be due to increased summer fawn mortality.

N.H. deer harvest down from 2013, but still ranks high October 27, 2014 New Hampshire, Brattleboro Reformer
... the number of deer harvested during the ongoing archery season is down 22 percent from last year ... the state's more than 61,000 hunters ...

Something Wild: Why So Many Acorns? October 10, 2014 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... oak mast follows a boom or bust cycle, which means the amount of acorns varies from year to year... This keeps seed consumers off balance and that's actually a good thing. If there were the same amount of acorns every year, there would be just enough mice and turkey and deer and others to consume every single acorn...

... I received a game cam as a gift. Since I am not a hunter, the gift-giver thought I would enjoy using it to spy on the wildlife around our 90 acres. And so I did, and I have to say, it has been fun. Retrieving the camera and slipping its disk into the computer is like being a kid on Christmas morning ... 

Deer hunting vs. deer shooting September 21, 2014 New Hampshire, Union Leader
... The definition of hunt in my dictionary is: to chase (game) for food or sport ... tell me why that sitting or standing in a tree stand, watching over a pile of apples (often illegally placed there) and shooting a deer that is attracted to them, is hunting? ...  If you hunt for your deer, you should have the distinction of being a "deer hunter." ...

White-tailed deer hunting season, archery season begin Monday  September 13, 2014 New Hampshire, WMUR 
... Overall fall foods in 2013 were roughly average, with acorns being slightly below the 16-year average while beech nuts and apples were above. With an average fall food year, deer likely went into last winter in relatively good shape... In parts of the state, the deer population has recovered from declines following some severe winters beginning in 2007-08, and deer numbers are improving in many other areas...

Hanover, Deer Experts to Give Talk in Hanover September 8, 2014 New Hampshire, Valley News
... experts from Cornell University and from federal and state agencies will visit the Howe Library on Monday ... Hanover has already taken steps on its own ... including opening to hunters thousands of acres of land owned by Dartmouth College, the town and the Trescott Company, which the college and the municipality hold jointly...

New Hampshire Hunters Reminded of Rules Changes September 5, 2014 The Outdoor Wire
... The deer baiting season in WMUs A through L will open 21 days prior to the opening of the regular firearm deer season and close the third Wednesday in November. (The deer baiting season will run from October 22 through November 19 for the 2014 hunting season.)  The deer baiting season in WMU M will remain open from September 15 through December 15...

More Ticks Equals More Concern for New Hampshire Moose Population September 2, 2014 The Center for Public Intergrity
... a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) finds New Hampshire's winter tick population is growing because of climate change. More ticks spells bad news for the already-depleted New England moose population... the changing climate also is responsible in a spike in deer ticks ...

New Hampshire 2014-2015 Wildlife Rule Changes June 28, 2014 Outdoor News Daily
... The number of either-sex deer days during the muzzleloader and/or regular firearm seasons has increased in several wildlife management units (WMUs). ... The length of the season to bait for deer has been reduced in WMUs A-L ... [For more information see Deer Hunting in New Hampshire]

2 deer rescued from ocean off Hampton Beach, had been playing June 6, 2014 New Hampshire, The Republic
.... Two men using paddleboards helped with the rescue of two deer who wandered into the ocean off of Hampton Beach [see video below taken when deer seemed to be playing] ...

News 9's Hampton Beach camera spotted two deer playing in the water on Hampton Beach - June 6, 2014



... New Hampshire is in the first year of a three-year study on moose mortality ...  New Hampshire currently has about 4,400 moose, down from about 7,600 in 1996.

World champion shed hunting dog competes to defend title March 27, 2014  New Hampshire, WMUR 
... New Hampshire has a world champion shed hunting dog who is headed out to Minnesota to defend her title. DeeDee can smell an antler dropped in the woods by a deer ...

... Over the past year, the First New Hampshire Branch has accomplished a great deal in its local community.  In June, the Branch prepared a three-fourths acre food plot at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire ...

Room For A Deer-Farming Boom March 6, 2014 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... Ahern and Downing harvest 40-60 deer annually, selling for anything from $2 a pound for kidneys to $25 for roast. They also harvest antler velvet as a dietary supplement, which Ahern says is good for joints, stamina, and to promote healing...

How did a plane hit a deer in Nashua - while climbing? March 6, 2014 New Hampshire, Nashua Telegraph ·
... the FAA's database of aircraft bird strikes ... May 22, 1994 ... The FAA report says the Nashua plane (a Piper PA028) hit the deer not while taxiing or taking off or landing, but while climbing ... The most likely answer is that the database is wrong ...

... We hear coyotes howling more frequently over the course of winter as deer weaken in the deep snow ... The deer ... tend to ascend and descend in the wooded corridors between adjacent fields and houses. Coyotes drive deer uphill into ambush positions where steep terrain slows the prey and hinders escape from pursuing hunters as other coyotes wait at the base of the ledges or bottlenecks where trails converge...

... Deer don't experience severe winter tick infestations. They tend to groom off questing winter ticks in autumn...Overwintering deer ticks may be reduced by extreme cold. That good news translates into a reduction in future rates of human Lyme disease... In winter forests devoid of low browse, chainsaws toll a deer dinner bell. Local logging operations temporarily increase availability of natural foods at ground level ... 

Mild Winters Credited for Twin State Deer Hunting Success January 18, 104 New Hampshire, Valley News 
... , hunters took more than 14,100 deer in Vermont, 320 more than the average of the previous three autumns, and New Hampshire saw its biggest take since 2007... “The last three winters have been three of the mildest on record in New Hampshire since Fish and Game started recording winter severity data during the winter of 1964-65,” deer-project leader Dan Bergeron said recently. “This has helped increase deer survival and reproduction.” ...

New Hampshire data: 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. 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.  Last year roughly 1/3 of the deer taken were does and 2/3 were bucks.  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.
     About 4,500 Moose, down from 7,600 in 1996.
    
The graph below shows the historic reported deer harvest for New Hampshire.
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New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
New Hampshire Big Game Plan: Goal 1: NH will regionally manage white-tailed deer populations by balancing and incorporating social, economic, ecological and public safety factors using the best available science/knowledge.
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