NH Hunting Report - January 2, 2019

New Hampshire Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

NH Hunting Report - January 2, 2019 


Preliminary numbers are now available for New Hampshire's 2018 fall hunting seasons.


Deer Hunt Success: The unofficial deer harvest for New Hampshire’s 2018 hunting season was 14,057. This take was up 14% from the 2017 final harvest of 12,309 and is 26% above the 20-year average of 11,150. Deer hunting seasons are now closed in the state.


"With over 14,000 deer taken by hunters, it has been one of the best seasons in New Hampshire in nearly 100 years,” said Dan Bergeron, NH Fish and Game’s deer biologist. He noted that the physical condition of deer appeared quite good again this year despite the mast failure, and that a number of very large bucks were again harvested throughout the state. “This season’s estimated total harvest ranks as the second highest in the state’s history going back 96 years to 1922, and was only exceeded in 1967 when 14,204 were taken,” said Bergeron. The 1967 harvest was comprised of 62% antlerless deer because hunters were allowed to harvest any gender of deer statewide throughout all seasons including archery, muzzleloader, and firearms. The unregulated harvest of does continued into the early 1980s, and combined with several hard winters, resulted in a significant decline in the deer population. In contrast, the majority of the 2018 harvest will be comprised of antlered bucks. This will result in an overall larger and healthier deer population and a more sustainable long-term harvest.


The unofficial deer harvest for New Hampshire’s 2018 season by county, with comparisons with previous years, may be viewed at www.huntnh.com/hunting/deer-harvest.html. Official harvest numbers will be made available after all deer registration data have been entered and verified.


Moose Season Summary: During New Hampshire's 2018 moose season, a total of 41 hunters succeeded in taking their moose, resulting in a 77% success rate. Regional moose hunt success- rate data are available at www.wildnh.com/hunting/moose-harvest.html. The 2019 moose hunt lottery opens in late January.


Wildlife Harvest Summary: Final numbers from the year's hunting seasons will be summarized in the 2018 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary, which will be issued in March of 2019.


Report a Poacher: If you are aware of poaching, call Operation Game Thief toll-free at 1-800-344-4262 or report wildlife crime online at www.huntnh.com/ogt.

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