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Solving Problems with Nature - Naturally

ERIC P. ORFF
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Author - Wildlife Lecturer - Wildlife Photographer
Non-Lethal Control of Bats since 1983
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Hunting

2007 Turkey Season

I phoned the larger registration stations on May 8th and most of the remainder on May 15th. It appears our total harvest by the end of May will be similar to the total May 2006 harvest of 3,559 turkeys.

I made a table of the registration stations in each of the 10 counties, comparing the May 2006 harvest figures per station with the harvest figures as of May 15, 2007. With two weeks to go in the season, it appears that most counties will be reasonably close in harvest to that of 2006. Coos will be down somewhat, and Rockingham will be up somewhat.

All stations have recorded more adult gobblers than jakes. This was anticipated because of the below average productivity last year due to record rains during spring and summer 2006. The following are examples of high adult to juvenile male harvest ratios: Drewsville 84 toms:31 jakes = 2.7. Claremont 81 toms:31jakes = 2.6. Hillsboro 90 toms:39 jakes = 2.4.

Weights are good as expected, with numerous gobblers in the 20-22 pound range and quite a few of 23-24 pounds. I have heard of one tom from the New Durham area of 27 pounds.

The age class breakdown of 115 gobblers from the Drewsville Store was: 1 year olds 31 (27%), 2 year-olds 49 (43%), 3 year-olds 25 (22%), 4 year-olds 8 (7%) and 5 year-olds 2 (2%). The percentages are similar for several other large registration stations in southwestern NH.

The harvest from the Youth Hunt (April 28th and 29th) seems to be similar to that of the 2006 harvest, at least in comparing registration data from 6 stations in the Keene area. During 2006 the harvest was 437 or 12.4% of the season total.

(3)Belknap County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
Laconia - Martel's Bait 0 26
Laconia - Paugus Bay 92 59
Meredith - Center Store 0 16
Totals 92 101

 

(8) Carroll County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
Ossipee - Double H Farm 32 10
Tamworth - Country Store 40 42
Tuftonboro - General Store 37 34
Wakefield - Longmeadow Hardware 39 30
Freedom - Market 75 60
Conway - Saco Ranger 40 31
Jackson - Wildcat Service 13 12
Wolfboro (new) - Outfitters   4
Totals 276 223

 

(6) Chesire County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
Dublin - Carr's Store 88 97
Richmond (new) - 4 Corners Store   11
Keene - Moore's Taxidermy 69 38
Marlow - Grocery 34 33
Drewsville - Store 151 116
Winchester - Trader John's 57 52
Westmoreland - Store (quit) 50 7
Fitzwilliam - Store (quit) 0 0
Totals 493 356

 

(2) Sullivn County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
Claremont - Stearn's Archery 114 152
Plainfield - Meriden Deli 79 74
Newport - Fire Station (quit) 112 0
Totals 305 226

 

(9) Grafton County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
Bath - Swiftwater Store 66 58
Littleton - Corey's Gun 166 60
Littleton - Poulson's Store 55 58
Haverhill (new) - Patten's Sport 0 28
Orford - Patterson's Store 85 60
Plymouth - Fire Station 124 45
Lebanon - Welch's 134 111
Bristol - Newfound Trading Post 66 40
Rumney ( new) - Store 0 46
Haverhill - Pike Store (quit) 88 0
Totals 784 506

 

(7) Hillsboro County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
Antrim - Place in Woods 37 32
Hillsboro - Morse's Sport 173 133
Manchester - Wildlife Taxidermy 168 148
Milford - Fish Hatchery 128 128
New Boston - Sport Shop 40 37
New Ipswich - Hoppy's Store 46 42
Weare - Dave's Taxidermy 22 21
Totals 614 541

 

(6) Merrimack County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
Bradford - Merrimack Store 26 39
Danbury - Smith River 82 54
Franklin - Fire Station 95 71
Salisbury - Barn Store 91 91
Dunbarton - Country Store 32 23
Hoohsett - Steve's Sport 104 67
Totals 430 345

 

(4) Strafford County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
New Durham - Hot Spots 111 72
Madbury - Taylor's Sport 58 35
Barrington - Brian's Archery 39 27
Barrington - Saving Memories 14 30
Totals 222 164

 

(3) Rockingham County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
Nottingham - Demmon's Store 16 166
Greenland - Suds & Soda 58 66
E. Kingston - Jewett's Store 48 43
Totals 122 125

 

(7) Coos County May 2006 May 2007 (as of May 15th)
Whitefield - Lufkin's Service 26 12
Jefferson - Corner Store 50 21
Groveton - Emerson Outdoor 53 21
Errol - Cote Sport 8 3
Gorham - Hardware 20 12
Milan - Country Store 41 23
Pittsburg (new) - Dube's Pittstop   17
Totals 198 109

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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