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ERIC P. ORFF
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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION

17 December 2007 Estimated 2007 Total Deer Kill

The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2007 season is listed below with comparisons to estimates from the previous 8 years at this point in time. As with all previous call-in figures, these numbers are all estimates based on the number of deer reported as being registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent complete data from all registration stations. The estimated 2007 statewide harvest of 13,416 represents a 14% increase from the 2006 preliminary estimate at the same point in time.

It was again expected that the 2007 harvest would increase from 2006 as populations continue to increase. The increase in harvest for 2007 is the forth year in row that the kill has gone up and reflects attempts to meet the deer population management objectives in much of the state by encouraging deer population growth, helped by recent mild winters. Snow in most of the state during the late season also contributed to hunter success. The estimated 2007 harvest of 13,416 is the highest in recent years and when verified and finalized based on registration slip information, will likely result in the highest “official” kill since 1967 when 14,204 deer were taken.

A detailed analysis of the sex, age and distribution the kill on a Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) basis will be made in the near future. All registration slips should be received within the next week and conformed against registration seals issued and returned. Data entry, verification and preliminary analysis should be complete by early January when a final summary of this year’s hunt will be available. Happy Holidays to all.

ESTIMATED DEER KILL

COUNTY 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Belknap 577 623 506 642 538 595 601 702 807
Carroll 736 704 600 685 486 627 491 518 677
Cheshire 994 957 901 1115 895 1033 1133 1247 1390
Coos 1357 1365 888 1104 1056 978 1204 1127 1219
Grafton 1676 1640 1115 1427 1322 1334 1451 1805 2148
Hillsborough 1560 1715 1587 1885 1555 1611 1703 1828 2184
Merrimack 1159 1047 839 948 795 979 1038 1268 1457
Rockingham 1476 1692 1721 1904 1637 1712 1659 1659 1894
Strafford 586 553 552 690 651 670 688 884 826
Sullivan 580 530 420 586 519 541 614 707 814
Total 10,701 10,826 9,129 10,986 9,454 10,080 10,582 11,745 13,416

 

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