New Hampshire Deer News

... 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 deer kill highest in six years; bear hunt down 30 percent December 27, 2013 New Hampshire, conwaydailysun.com
... most counties had deer kills similar to or above the 2012 harvest," said Dan Bergeron, the deer project leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department... 
"The last three winters have been three of the mildest on record ...

2013 deer hunting season fourth-highest ever December 26, 2013 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor 
... Reported kills statewide increased by 7 percent over last year’s totals. And more than 12,300 deer – about 14 percent of the total population – were killed over the three-month hunting season, making it the fourth-highest year on record ... 

... The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2013 hunting season was 12,387 deer -- up 7% from the final 2012 kill of 11,612 ...  about 14% of New Hampshire's pre-season population of about 87,000 deer...

New Hampshire hunters take almost 13,000 deer  December 22, 2013 BuckShank
 ... The last three winters have been three of the mildest on record in New Hampshire since Fish and Game started recording winter severity index data during the winter of 1964-65. This has helped increase deer survival and reproduction and, as a result, the statewide kill has increased for the third year in a row,” ...

Final day for deer for archers, deer struggle December 15, 2013 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor 
... The deer are going to have a difficult time surviving this winter. There were spotty acorns... What we need is a snow blanket to cover the grasses because the snow acts as an insulating blanket whereby grass shoots provide for a rich nutrient source for deer... if you stubbornly insist upon feeding deer, the most difficult time for deer to survive is March-April, just before green-up. It is then when deer are most vulnerable...

...  To build up their body fat, they must consume 5 to 9 pounds of food each day. Deer will draw on this fat reserve through the winter to supplement their food consumption. They may lose up to 20 percent of their body weight by spring... Deer gather in “yards” comprised of evergreen trees, often on south facing slopes... 

Deers killed by cars common in southern New Hampshire December 5, 2013 New Hampshire, Milford Cabinet 
... about 1,300 deer are killed by cars in New Hampshire every year... “It is illegal to just pick up a deer from the side of the road.” If a person comes across one that he or she would like to take, contact police or Fish and Game to get permission and the required permit...

Tree stands on conservation land are troubling December 4, 2013 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... Fish and Game permits the use of portable tree stands without a permit during deer-hunting season on public lands, provided the stand is either stamped or tagged with the user's name, address and telephone number... Lievens said she is worried about the possibility of the stands being left behind after hunting season ends...

Bobcat's Tail A comeback or too much success? Historic Deer Population November 25, 2013 New Hampshire, Monadnock Ledger Transcript
... It’s a challenge to hunt deer in New Hampshire. Just ask hunters. The statewide success rate is 10.8 percent... , it was a lot harder in the 1800s and early 1900s, when whitetails were virtually wiped out from generations of unregulated harvest and market hunting.  When William W. Hayward published the “History of Hancock” in 1889, he wrote, “The last [deer] shot in town was killed by Isaac Fitch in 1818, near Antrim line.” ...

Deer and Bear Hunting Results as Seasons Close November 23, 2013 New Hampshire, londonderrynh.net
...  Through November 17, 2013, hunters had taken an estimated 9,122 deer in New Hampshire. The 2013 statewide total through that date represents a 10% increase from the 8,313 registered at this point in the 2012 season....

Deer Harvest Up; Bear Season Average November 20, 2013 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... "Every county has shown at least slight increases from 2012, with Cheshire, Coos, and Carroll counties showing the largest increases," said Dan Bergeron, Deer Project Leader for Fish and Game... For a comparison of harvest results by county at this same point in the season in recent years, visit http://www.HuntNH.com/Hunting/deer_hunt_take_November.htm

Deer kill up 10 percent in New Hampshire November 18, 2013 Escape Outside - WMUR ...
... The deer kill is up 10 percent from this date in the hunt last year, with 9122 deer taken as of Sunday... the second highest in the past nine years and is only 2 percent below the 2007 harvest ...

More Deer Lead To Increased Urban Hunters  November 12, 2013 New Hampshire, NHPR.org
... Leslie Simon, a wildlife ecologist for the Humane Society, who argues that while hunts may dent the deer population, their numbers bounce back.  SIMON: It's really a losing battle. The deer are going to come in from the surrounding area and continue to be tempted to your backyard.  KRAKER: So instead, the Humane Society suggests planting flowers and shrubs that don't attract deer, using repellants, or high fencing...

Moose in New Hampshire and Maine November 11, 2013 SeasCoastOnine
...New Hampshire has an estimated moose population of about 4,500, down from 7,600. There is concern about the strength of the herd, which has been hurt by an explosion in the number of winter ticks.... According to Maine state wildlife biologists, Maine's moose population is estimated at 76,000, one of the highest densities in the lower 48 states...

The delicate task of managing what's best for hunters and game November 9, 2013 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
... New Hampshire's deer kill reached its all-time peak in the early '60s at around 12,000 as I recall, and in years since has been hovering between roughly 7,000 to 9,000. The deer population is mostly regulated by winter weather ... coyotes, which are steadily evolving into brush wolves, which we once had...

NH's hunting youngsters get their deer November 4, 2013 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... harvested more than 400 deer ... The program allows youths to hunt during the specified weekend as long as they are accompanied by an adult mentor who holds a hunting license....

Checking in on moose and deer numbers November 3, 2013 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
... The 2013 moose kill duplicated the 2012 numbers. All told, 97 bulls (54 percent) and 82 cows (46 percent) were taken... As of Oct. 20, 2,518 deer had been taken by archers, an increase of 30 percent over the 2012 total at this point. According to Dan Bergeron, Deer Project Leader ... “The increase at this point in the season is likely the result of the mild winter in 2012-13 and favorable hunting conditions,” ...

Hanover, A Preserve Is No Place for Hunting November 2, 2013 New Hampshire, Valley News
...  It seems to me that we should look beyond our human wants (no ticks, no deer eating our flowers and gardens) to what may be tipping the balance in terms of more deer in town this year. Increasing habitat loss as more development surrounds the town of Hanover and climate change both bring added numbers of deer, ticks and mice to the environs of our backyards....


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New Hampshire data: The state estimates 87,000 deer in the herd in spring of 2014.  About 85,000 - 90,000 deer in the state in 2013 to 2011, pre-hunt. 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 winter of 2011-12 increased 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. 
     About 4,500 Moose, down from 7,600 in 1996.

Other useful links:
-Early/midseason deer harvest in New Hampshire 
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
- New Hampshire Trapping and Hunting Guide
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.

The graph below shows the historic reported deer harvest for New Hampshire.
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New Hampshire Deparmtne of Fish and Game News, direct link to page below

New Hampshire Fish and Game News


Deer along Cocheco River - double click for full screen