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

30 October 2019
Bear Season Update #3

As of October 30th, 688 bears (389 males, 299 females) have been reported to the bear project.  Bait hunters have reported 468 bears (278 males, 190 females), still hunters/stalkers have taken 145 bears (73 males, 72 females) and hound hunters have reported 75 bears (38 males, 37 females).  The current overall harvest sex ratio is 1.3 males per female.  Method-specific harvest sex ratios include 1.5, 1.0 and 1.0 m:f for bait, still and hound hunters, respectively. 

Regionally, 120 bears (72 males, 48 females) have been taken in the North, 198 (118 males, 80 females) in the White Mountains, 209 (112 males, 97 females) in the Central, 75 (44 males, 31 females) in Southwest-1, 75 (39 males, 36 females) in Southwest-2 and 7 (3 males, 4 females) in the Southeast region.  Four bears (1 male, 3 females) have not been assigned to a region at this time.

Below is a breakdown of the bear harvest through October 30th for the past 6 years.  Currently, this year’s harvest is running 7% below the 5-year in-season average (745 bears) and 34% below the 2018 tally (1038 bears) at this point in the season.  It should be recognized that comparison to the 2018 bear season is somewhat misrepresentative given the very high harvest that occurred in that year.  This year’s harvest is tracking very similarly to that of a typical year when natural foods are abundant.  In terms of harvest numbers, the current season is tracking very similar to that of 2014 and 2015 when the total bear killed equaled 786 and 754, respectively.
 
Due to the abundance of red oak acorns, apples and mountains ash berries, it is expected that bears will remain active into late fall this year.  As a result, opportunistic deer hunters will harvest some bears during the muzzleloader and firearms deer seasons in November.  Bear season was extended in the White Mountains and Central regions in 2018 due to the need to reduce density thereby creating additional late season harvest opportunity.

The bait hunting portion of the season has ended in all regions.  The still hunting season for bear has ended in the Southwest-2 and Southeast regions.  The still hunting season will end in the North and Southwest-1 regions on November 12.  The still hunting season remains open in the White Mountains and Central regions until November 30.  The statewide hound hunting season ends on November 12.

Please continue to submit all bear registration slips and premolars with deer data mailings during the remainder of the 2019 bear season.  Thanks again for your assistance with registering bears this fall.

2019 IN-SEASON BEAR HARVEST TALLY COMPARED TO PREVIOUS 5 YEARS
 
AS OF 10/30/19 AS TALLIED ON 10/30/19
 
YEAR
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
DATE
SUM
SUM
SUM
SUM
SUM
SUM
9/15
385
299
411
263
555
378
9/30
610
518
685
430
894
611
10/15
672
569
770
476
998
673
10/30
710
630
827
521
1038
688

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