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

05 October 2017
RE: Deer Season Update

As of the deer registration call-in on 24 September, the reported archery deer harvest for 2017 was 772.  Below is a county breakdown of reported deer registrations at this point in the season for the past 9 years.  It is important to remember that all these numbers are estimates based on the number of deer registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent information from all registration stations. 

The 2017 reported kill decreased 9% from 851 in 2016 to 772 in 2017. This early in the season, numerous factors can influence the harvest including weather conditions, especially on weekends, and mast availability.  This year, once again, fall foods are relatively abundant, likely affecting deer movement and hunters’ ability to “pattern” deer.  Temperatures have also been extremely warm, further reducing deer movement.  Last winter was about average severity, and deer survival was likely good. Anecdotal reports suggest deer numbers are still strong throughout the state. Data from subsequent call-ins will provide additional information as the season progresses.

The next call-in is scheduled to occur on 15 October 2017 with the deer season update available on 16 October.

REPORTED DEER KILL

COUNTY
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Belknap
78
16
21
114
144
71
80
56
49
Carroll
30
12
6
33
75
50
50
33
29
Cheshire
104
27
21
103
142
138
93
71
69
Coos
29
5
4
45
52
36
28
29
19
Grafton
197
38
53
190
258
154
184
153
106
Hillsborough
169
35
39
240
355
308
228
194
180
Merrimack
81
13
14
85
126
82
98
66
80
Rockingham
107
27
37
163
158
173
185
120
129
Strafford
57
13
25
84
133
110
77
69
47
Sullivan
57
18
25
101
116
108
86
60
64
Total
909
204
245
1,158
1,559
1,230
1,109
851
772

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