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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION

19 December 2017
RE: Deer Season Update

The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2017 season is listed below with comparisons to final kill totals for the previous 8 years.  The 2017 numbers are 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. Data for the previous years are final kill figures for each county and hence the estimated registration distribution for 2017 may not be directly comparable to the previous year’s final kill totals. This is particularly evident in the south-central portion of the state where many deer killed in surrounding counties are registered in Hillsborough County.

The estimated 2017 statewide harvest of 12,269 is an increase of 15% from the 2016 final kill of 10,675 and is 13% above the 20 year average of 10,934.  Based on this estimate the 2017 total represents the 2nd highest kill in the last 9 years and is the 5th highest kill in the state’s history, going back to 1922.     

A summary of the actual kill by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) compared to previous years will be sent out as soon as registration information is received and data entry is complete. All registration slips should be received within the next week and verified 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. Thanks to all those who helped make these deer season updates possible and Happy Holidays to all

DEER KILL BY COUNTY

COUNTY 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017*
Belknap 582 527 741 795 894 618 743 605 885
Carroll 438 485 565 531 647 585 526 624 685
Cheshire 1015 981 978 965 1068 1048 940 852 1100
Coos 781 804 676 777 965 970 652 784 766
Grafton 1768 1368 1580 1779 1933 1667 1809 1746 1785
Hillsborough 1406 1435 1609 1652 1679 1610 1410 1406 2369
Merrimack 1202 1041 1245 1316 1417 1130 1210 1162 1077
Rockingham 1722 1732 2086 2138 2124 2118 1975 1920 2169
Strafford 637 648 835 875 969 922 915 900 673
Sullivan 833 738 794 784 844 728 715 676 760
Total 10,384 9,759 11,109 11,612 12,540 11,396 10,895 10,675 12,269

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