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

DATE: 16 November 2015
RE: Bear Season Final Update

The 2015 New Hampshire bear season concluded at 749 bears which was 14% above the preceding 5-year average (659 bears) and generally consistent (- 5%) with the 2014 tally (786 bears).  The harvest consisted of 436 males and 313 females resulting in an overall harvest sex ratio of 1.4 males per female.  Method-specific harvest sex ratios included 1.8 m:f for bait hunters, 1.2 m:f for still hunters  and 0.8 m:f for hound hunters. 

A breakdown by region and method follows.

North Region

WMUs

A, B, C2, D1

Total Harvest

151 bears (58 females, 93 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (99), Hound (29), Still (23)

5-year average annual harvest (2010-2014)

140 bears

White Mountains

Region

WMUs

C1, D2, E, F

Total Harvest

211 bears (72 females, 139 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (123), Hound (23), Still (65)

5-year average annual harvest (2010-2014)

198 bears

Central Region

WMUs

G, I1, J1, J2

Total Harvest

254 bears (123 females, 131 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (112), Hound (38), Still (104)

5-year average annual harvest (2010-2014)

218 bears

Southwest-1 Region

WMUs

H1, I2

Total Harvest

92 bears (39 females, 53 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (22), Hound (18), Still (52)

5-year average annual harvest (2010-2014)

61 bears

Southwest-2 Region

WMUs

H2, K

Total Harvest

38 bears (20 females, 18 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (22), Still (16)

5-year average annual harvest (2010-2014)

38 bears

Southeast Region

WMUs

L, M

Total Harvest

3 bears  (1 female, 2 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (1), Still (2)

5-year average annual harvest (2010-2014)

3 bears

Interpretation of harvest data and ages of harvested bears will be complete and available by mid-winter.

2015 Bear Harvest Tally Compared to Previous 5 Years

2010
SUM
2011
SUM
2012
SUM
2013
SUM
2014
SUM
2015
SUM
708 418 812 570 786 749

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