STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION
20 December 2016
RE: Deer Season Update
The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2016 season is listed below with comparisons to final kill totals for the previous 8 years. The 2016 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 2016 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 2016 statewide harvest of 10,702 is down slightly (2%) from the 2015 final kill of 10,895. Based on this estimate the 2016 total represents the 7th highest kill in the last 9 years and is very similar to the 20 year average of 10,912.
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.