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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION

12 December 2017
Bear Season Update Final

The 2017 New Hampshire bear season concluded at 572 bears which was 25% below the preceding 5-year average of 764 bears.  Additionally, this year’s harvest was down 36% from 2016 level when a record harvest was achieved.  The harvest consisted of 312 males and 260 females resulting in an overall harvest sex ratio of 1.2 males per female.  Method-specific harvest sex ratios included 1.4 m:f for bait, 0.9 m:f for hound and 1.1 m:f for still hunters.
A breakdown by region and method follows:

Interpretation of harvest data and ages of ha

North Region WMUs A, B, C2, D1
Total Harvest 99 bears (52 females, 47 males)
Harvest by method (# bears) Bait (79), Hound (10), Still (10)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 154 bears
White Mountains Region WMUs C1, D2, E, F
Total Harvest 169 bears (67 females, 102 males)
Harvest by method (# bears) Bait (95), Hound (41), Still (33)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 226 bears
Central Region WMUs G, I1, J1, J2
Total Harvest 192 bears (92 females, 100 males)
Harvest by method (# bears) Bait (88), Hound (46), Still (58)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 253 bears
Southwest-1 Region WMUs H1, I2
Total Harvest 64 bears (29 females, 35 males)
Harvest by method (# bears) Bait (32), Hound (10), Still (22)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 79 bears
Southwest-2 Region WMUs H2, K
Total Harvest 46 bears (20 females, 26 males)
Harvest by method (# bears) Bait (27), Still (19)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 51 bears
Southeast Region WMUs L, M
Total Harvest 2 bears (both males)
Harvest by method (# bears) Still (2)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 3 bears

rvested bears will be complete and available by mid-winter.

2017 Bear Harvest Tally Compared to Previous 5 Years
2012
SUM
2013
SUM
2014
SUM
2015
SUM
2016
SUM
2017
SUM
812 572 786 754 898 572

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