New Hampshire Deer News

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 ...

Leave fawns and wildlife alone June 14, 2016 New Hampshire, Boston.com
... “Adult deer can be easily detected by predators due to their scent and large size,” officials said in the statement. “Because of this, does will spend long periods of time away from their fawns to disassociate their scent from the fawn ...

3 moose collisions in 3 hours in Northern New Hampshire May 21, 2016 The Union Leader
... Each of the vehicles sustained heavy damaged in the collisions, but only minor injuries were reported in each case ...

Help Keep NH CWD-Free: Don't Use Urine-based Deer Lures May 18, 2016 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
... The NH Fish and Game Department is asking hunters to do their part in the effort to keep the state CWD-free by not using natural urine-based deer lures ... new web resources about how you can help keep New Hampshire CWD-free, at www.wildnh.com/wildlife/cwd/index.html.

Small plane hits deer, flips during landing in Keene May 11, 2016 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
... a plane that had upon landing hit a deer ...

A small plane hit a deer and flipped over Wednesday while landing at the Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport. May 11,2016 - WMUR



American chestnut may rise again May 8, 2016 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
... the ongoing effort to restore the American chestnut to eastern forests. Six trees – crossbred with the blight-resistant Chinese chestnut over multiple generations – were planted on Concord land ... could produce as many as 6,000 nuts, which because they were loaded with protein and vitamins were a vital food staple for bears, deer and other wildlife ...

Warm temperatures meaning early green-up April 3, 2016 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
... In a normal winter season, deer would be in tenuous condition being on the verge of starvation; however, the winter of 2015-16 couldn’t have been a better winter... The winter index of days below zero and snow in excess of 18 inches held to a record low. As a result, deer are not stressed out, and should easily make it to green-up...

Ticks hasten moose's disappearing act in NH March 18, 2016 New Hampshire, Conway Daily Sun
... warm winters are causing parasites to decimate the moose population. In response, Fish and Game is considering cutting the number of available moose permits...  northern part of the state has about 1.7 moose per square mile. In the White Mountain management region, the density is about 0.44 and in the central region about .23. On the Seacoast, it's about a tenth of a moose per mile...

... A comprehensive plan to reduce the moose hunt from 105 to 71 permits, change either-season days for deer ... up for a public hearing, this spring... read the proposal [PDF]

Animal chews provide nutritional clues  March 6, 2016 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
... White-tailed deer not only lack canine teeth, they are also missing upper incisors. As a result, they are unable to snip off a twig or a bud, which is their primary food at this time of year. Instead, they use their bottom incisors and tongue to rip off a piece of a branch. The remaining stem is ragged, a tell-tale sign that deer have been browsing...

Firefighters in Berlin rescued a deer from drowning Thursday afternoon. They said the doe was suffering from hypothermia when they pulled her from the river into their rescue boat. - February 18, 2016


There's no better time to hit the woods to search for antlers February 12, 2016 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
... The magnificent moose and white-tailed deer that grace New Hampshire’s forests are now shedding their antlers ... Training dogs to hunt for sheds is growing in popularity. A well-trained shed dog works on both sight and scent; they can recognize the shape of an antler from a distance ...

A deadly spring for NH moose calves February 11, 2016 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
... population has steadily declined in central New Hampshire ... One thing that is certain is that there has been, especially in the northern parts of the state, a correlation between winter tick infestations and a decrease in the number of moose.  Warmer, shorter winters are allowing ticks to survive longer...

Presidential candidates 'moosed' in New Hampshire February 5, 2016 New Hampshire, PennLive.com
... The New Hampshire moose population has declined by nearly half in the past decade, from 7,500 to 4,000, and similar impacts are being documented on other moose populations in other states...

Something Wild: What's Behind the Bobcat's New Hampshire Comeback? January 29, 2016 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
...  30 years ago wildlife biologists estimated there were only 150 bobcats in New Hampshire... now estimated to be around 1400 ... In the 50's and 60's they ate more cottontail rabbit, grouse, and deer fawns ...

NH Fish and Game rescues deer from pond in Rindge January 6, 2015 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
... responded to Emerson Pond and used an ice rescue sled to get the deer out ...

Piebald deer - spotting a rarity in the world of whitetails January 2, 2016 New Hampshire, Union Leader
... Piebald deer are mottled brown and white ... The splotchy coats of piebald deer come from an inherited genetic mutation that causes a lack of pigment in some spots. The mutation occurs in only about 1 percent of the whitetail population, biologists estimate ...

... The weights and antler beam diameters on yearling bucks were quite a bit above last year, and were above the five-year average... New Hampshire has about 4,000 moose, a sharp decline from an estimated 7,000 two decades ago ... suffering mostly from an explosion of winter tick. The parasite, thriving in shorter and warmer winters ...

     The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2015 hunting season was 10,912, down 4% from the 2014 final kill of 11,396. Based on this estimate, the 2015 total is very similar to the 20-year average of 10,896. Deer hunting seasons are now closed in the state.  "With nearly 11,000 deer taken by hunters, it has been another very good overall season in New Hampshire,” said Dan Bergeron, the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s deer biologist. He noted that the physical condition of the deer he inspected at biological check stations this fall was excellent.  The 2015 harvest represents about 11% of New Hampshire's pre-season population of about 100,000 deer.
     The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2015 season by county, with comparisons to previous years, can be viewed at www.huntnh.com/hunting/deer-harvest.html.  The official harvest total will be made available after all deer registration data are entered and verified.

Understanding the Second Rut December 4, 2015 New Hampshire, Field and Stream
... the peak of the rut in the Northeast is well behind us. Maryland: November 1 to November 14. Ohio and Pennsylvania: November 11 to November 17. New Hampshire: November 20... Fawns and some yearlings are now coming into estrus and bucks will take notice...

Deer Hunting Report December 3, 2015 New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
...  As of November 29, 2015, New Hampshire hunters had taken an estimated total of 9,943 deer this fall. That represents a 5% decrease from the 2014 total at this point in the season... Current numbers are only slightly below last year’s and we are on track to finish near the 15 year average total harvest (2000-2014) of between 10,000 to 11,000 animals.  Average total harvests in the preceding 15 years (1985-1999) were between 8,000-9,000 animals...
     ... 74 moose and concluded with a statewide success rate of 69%... A total of 108 moose permits were issued... 
     
What gun deer hunters need to know November 15, 2015 New Hampshire, Recorder Press
... "We've had good recruitment this year - a lot of fawns born - and we didn't have many losses because of winter". This season will mark the second year of a management approach to rebuild deer populations based on goal setting and listening ...

New Hampshire hunters will be out today November 11, 2015 NewHampshire.com
... As of early this week, hunters had taken just under 5,000 deer, a 3 percent drop from the same point last year...

Year's most popular hunting season starts Wednesday November 10, 2015 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
... The number of hunters in New Hampshire, judging from license sales, has leveled off in the past years after falling by about one-third from the peak in the 1990s...

Be alert for deer on the road, Seacoast deer population up November 9, 2015 New Hampshire, Foster's Daily Democrat
...Dan Bergeron, deer project leader for the N.H. Fish and Game Department, said the NH deer population in the Seacoast in the past 10 years has increased by 32 percent. The area has grown its deer herd because the winters are milder and the dense human population curtails hunting...

Youth Deer Hunting Weekend Another Success November 7, 2015 New Hampshire, londonderrynh.net
... Preliminary reports show that young hunters succeeded in harvesting 368 deer during the 2015 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend in New Hampshire, down 8% from the official 2014 total of 398...

N.H. moose season successful October 31, 2015 New Hampshire, Lowell Sun
... 74 hunters took home moose during the state's nine-day season for a 70 percent success rate. Last year the number was 72 percent ... The breakdown this year was 46 bulls and 28 cows...

...  “This is the third highest total in the last nine years, falling below only 2007 and 2013, when the state’s second and fourth highest total deer kills occurred, respectively.   Initial harvest numbers were down slightly from previous years, likely due to the warmer weather ...

... the state issued 105 moose hunting permits, down from 124 last year and 275 the year before, and less than one-fifth the number of the peak year of 2007, when 675 permits were issued via lottery...

Early-season trip to Pittsburg finds at least one moose October 19, 2015 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
... Both Maine and Vermont experienced a difficult deer winter kill... most of Vermont is beyond the oak trees range. Maine is mostly north of New Hampshire. So what was bad for Vermont and Maine was not necessarily bad for New Hampshire ... At one time, there were more than 1,000 moose in Pittsburg...  moose population needs time to fully recover...

Why a hunter stopped hunting, and where hunting 'fits' October 12, 2015 New Hampshire, Conway Daily Sun
...  The moose population in New Hampshire has plummeted due to winter tick and brain worm, according to scientists from N.H. Fish and Game ... The average age of deer being “bagged” in New Hampshire is 1½ old — still babies...

Why So Many Acorns? October 10, 2015 New Hampshire Public Radio
...  oak mast follows a boom or bust cycle, which means the amount of acorns varies from year to year. Over time, evolution has favored the oak trees that demonstrate this boom or bust cycle.  This keeps seed consumers off balance ... mice and turkey and deer and others ...

Hunting is big business in the Granite State October 3, 2015 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
... As of last Sunday, the reported number of dead deer registered was down 10 percent from last year statewide... The state's white-tailed deer population stands at around 85,000, according to Vachon ...

Last call for moose? NH biologist fears for its future August 8, 2015 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
... The saddest thing she's encountered in her work are moose calves whose mothers have been killed by cars or disease ... They have the saddest call in the world. They are completely naive so they will come right up to you. ... They sit in your lap and make these little noises...” ... in 1901, moose hunting was banned. And it was logging for the paper mills that helped the moose recover ... 

NH Fish and Game Department Launches New Website August 7, 2015 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... a new mobile-friendly website recently launched by the N.H. Fish and Game Department at wildnh.com ... To complement the website, the Department has embraced the use of social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter, which reaches thousands of people interested in what’s new with Fish and Game ...

Rare deer spotted in Bristol August 4, 2015 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
... Because of a genetic variation, the deer has coloring more like a pinto pony than a white-tailed deer... piebald ...

Hunters sense change is coming, decline of moose population June 27, 2015 New Hampshire, NewHampshire.com
... the moose population here is suffering... Beaurivage thinks most hunters will understand if Fish and Game decides to suspend the moose hunt for a few years... "It's up to the human beings to be smart enough to manage the species correctly and properly." 

No evidence of chronic wasting disease in New Hampshire deer June 8, 2015 New Hampshire, San Francisco Gate 
... a total of 423 tissue samples tested negative for the disease...

Take wildlife survey to help update NH's Wildlife Action Plan May 18, 2015 New Hampshire, Foster's Daily Democrat
... On May 15, NH Fish and Game launched an online survey to get public input on priorities, concerns and actions that will help inform the mandatory update of the Wildlife Action Plan. All those who care about wildlife and their habitats are urged to make their voices heard by taking the online survey between May 15 and May 29 at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/wildlife/wap-input.html

Moose hunt threatened by numbers May 16, 2015 New Hampshire, Union Leader
...  "In addition to hunting and fishing, wildlife watching has become a multimillion-dollar contributor to the state economy. People love to see the deer ... New Hampshire is home to about 100,000 deer ...

Antler-seeking dog hits the jackpot May 15, 2015 New Hampshire, WMUR
... DeeDee and her master, Parker Uhlman, found three antlers that were shed recently.  One is so big that Uhlman thinks it may be a record-setter ... 

Leave Fawns and other Young Wildlife Alone May 12, 2015 New Hampshire, Newsroom | New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
... Each spring, many New Hampshire residents see young fawns by themselves and fear the worst... The doe is likely not far off, waiting to return to feed her newborn fawn.... deer fawns that have been fed cow's milk will develop severe diarrhea (scours). Every year, the state's only licensed fawn rehabilitator has several fawns die from scours because they have been improperly fed or cared for by the public...

Herd of deer seen swimming on Lake Winnipesaukee April 26, 2015 New Hampshire, WMUR 
... deer are moving from one of the many local islands to 'greener pastures' on the mainland, where spring food and birthing cover better meets their spring biological and social needs ...  the deer swam about a half mile between islands... They’ve been known to swim miles from shore on the ocean and in large lakes ...

Fish and Game on Deer Feeding April 25, 2015 New Hampshire, SeaCoastOnine, Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
... these deer died from eating food they were not prepared to digest at this time of year, a condition known as enterotoxemia ... most likely the corn ... They [the families who feed the deer] just didn't know any better ... It will not happen when deer are fed from late fall, as their digestive system will remain conditioned to handle the feed... 

Draft Fish and Game 10-year plan calls for reduction in bear population April 23, 2015 New Hampshire, Concord Monitor
...Management goals for white-tailed deer and wild turkeys should remain status ew quo.  For the state’s 4,000 moose, brainworm and winter tick continue to be threats. The instability in the herd is reflected in the plan, which calls for lower population targets in five of the six management units...

... The department is hosting two open houses Wednesday on the plan. Both are at headquarters in Concord, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m...

Reader defends feeding of local deer April 20, 2015 New Hampshire, Seacoast Online 
...  there is more to the story [Death of Dear Due to Diet] than being reported, and I am still not sure this isn’t a political ad by N.H. Fish and Game to pass a bill making it illegal to feed deer. ... Instead of trying to ban deer feeding, why doesn’t the Fish and Game Department educate folk on how to properly feed them, explain to them this is a commitment for the entire winter and give them an approximate cost? ...

Counting Animals Is A Tough Job April 13, 2015 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... Fish and Game’s Deer Biologist, Dan Bergeron, explaining the model they use to guess at deer population:  For deer, this is the two-year running average of the adult buck-kill. That’s kind of what we use as an index to the trend in the population. That’s kind of the best index we have...

Fewer winter ticks a good sign for moose in New Hampshire April 13, 2015 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
...  it's still too early to say with certainty if the 2014-15 winter will be better than previous winters but data so far show fewer calf deaths and fewer winter ticks being found on the animals...

Hooksett Firefighters Save Deer April 8, 2015 New Hampshire, Patch
... Hooksett Fire and Rescue teams had a busy day this morning rescuing two deer from
Pinnacle Pond that fell through the melting pond ice. [Firefighters posted the photo on Twitter, click photo to enlarge] ...

No Mo' Moose? April 6, 2015 New Hampshire, AllOutdoor.com
... Currently, only one wildlife management region meets moose population objectives set forth in the 2006-2015 plan. Parasites mentioned in the initial draft of the new Species Plan [PDF], winter ticks and brainworm parasites are blamed for population decreases...

Fish And Game Contemplates An End To The Moose Hunt March 27, 2015 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... Brain worm is a parasite that has evolved with deer ... So, in Southern New Hampshire, it’s high deer population that Fish and Game thinks is killing all the moose...

New Hampshire data:  About 95,000 deer in 2015 based on harvest data.  A mild 2015-16 winter will increase deer numbers.  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.
     About 4,000 Moose in 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 numbered 1,400 to 2,200 in 2015, up from about 150 in 1985.
     
The graph below shows the historic reported deer harvest for New Hampshire from NHFG.
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