New Hampshire Deer News

Winners & losers: Keeping score of wildlife in winter March 1, 2015 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... deer are near the northern limit of their range and winter weather is one main limiting factor to population growth... Deer remain in winter "deer yards" under a thick canopy of conifers where snow depth is reduced... March and April conditions can increase deer mortality; it's too early yet to say what will happen...

... A final open house will be held at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord April 22 on a revised game species plans. Those who can't attend any of the meetings can submit written comments until April 6 online or  ... Email comments should be sent to wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov ...

March key month for local deer February 25, 2015 New Hampshire, Press & Sun-Bulletin
...  "30 most critical days for winter deer survival have a name, and it is March." ... By late winter, much of the reachable browse may be gone. QDMA suggests cutting browse in such a manner to put more buds and twigs within reach of deer. Use hinge-cutting to drop branched trees and shrubs ...

Winter can take a toll on wildlife February 18, 2015 New Hampshire, Eagle-Tribune
...  It's those storms in mid- to late March that can be problem ... By that time, deer have burned off most of their fat reserves and are literally starving ...

The Story Behind Those Antlers In The Snow February 6, 2015 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... After breeding ends in December, deer antlers loosen at the base. Once-formidable weapons of territorial defense drop with testosterone levels in January. The shed antlers cast by bucks and bull moose each winter are often promptly buried by snow...

For deer herd data, states count on hunters January 31, 2015 New Hampshire, Bennington Banner
... According to New Hampshire deer team leader Dan Bergeron, preliminary figures indicate that 11,464 deer were harvested in the state in 2014. That's an 8 percent drop from last year but the ninth largest harvest since record-keeping began in 1922. Roughly 40 percent of the harvest was antlerless deer (does and button bucks)... New Hampshire had a pre-hunt population of about 100,000...

... the department is considering banning:  The use of live-action trail cameras, or cameras that can transmit footage instantaneously to smartphones or computers... The use of “smart” or “guided” rifles, firearms that contain an on-board computer ... The use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (also commonly called a drone) ...

Last Week to Take Online Game Management Questionnaire January 22, 2015 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
   The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's online questionnaire about game management in New Hampshire will be open through Sunday, January 25. ... Go to http://www.wildnh.com/Hunting/game_plan_2015.html. .. 

Using drones as hunting tool to track wildlife at issue November 18, 2015 New Hampshire, Union Leader ·
... The state Fish and Game Department's proposal to regulate drone, live-action camera, and "smart rifle" use among hunters because of a possible unethical "unfair technological advantage" is being strongly opposed by at least one New Hampshire hunting group ... public at a hearing in Concord at Fish and Game headquarters at noon on Jan. 29 ...

Public Asked to Take On-line Game Management Questionnaire January 13, 2015 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... “The new plan will establish regional population goals for moose, deer, bear and wild turkey, for the span of 2016 through 2025,” ...  weigh in on game management issues by taking an online version of the telephone survey posted on the Department’s website at http://www.wildnh.com/Hunting/game_plan_2015.html. The online questionnaire will be operational on January 12 and will run through January 25 ...

Beavers help environment, but conflicts with humans can arise January 10, 2015 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... Moose and deer, wood frogs and salamanders, mergansers and great blue herons, otters and weasels - all thrive in the habitats created by beavers... "If we were to eliminate their activity, we'd lose wetlands that are critical habitats." ...

... The Gilmanton Fire Department posted this photo to its Facebook page showing a firefighter in a cold water suit leading a dear off the ice on Crystal Lake...

Hunters have another good year January 1, 2015 New Hampshire, Eagle-Tribune 
... Early numbers show hunters took 11,464 deer, down from 12,540 last year... some said a lot of the deer taken this year weren't very big ...

Deer Numbers Down, But Final Tally Among Top 10 in Nine Decades December 29, 2014 New Hampshire, allaboutdeerhunting.com
... 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 ... The 2014 harvest represents about 11.5 percent of New Hampshire’s pre-season population of about 100,000 deer. ...

Breaking down 2014's deer, bear, turkey and trout numbers December 28, 2014 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
... there was an 8.6 percent decrease over 2013. The 2013 deer kill was 12,540 and 2014’s was 11,464. In retrospect, the 2014 deer kill was the fifth-highest in the last 10 years, sixth-highest in the last 20 years and ninth-highest since 1922...

Thoughts as we move from one year to another December 27, 2014 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... The deer kill this fall was down a bit and the bear season was up... we have more bears in New Hampshire than were here when the Europeans first stepped ashore. Bears are the main predators on newborn fawns, coyotes being a close second...

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...

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 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 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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