Solving Problems with Nature - Naturally
ERIC P. ORFF
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Author - Wildlife Lecturer -
Non-Lethal Control of Bats since 1983
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION
November 4, 2019
Deer Season Update
The reported deer kill through 3 November is listed below with comparisons to the previous 8 years. The values are estimates based on the number of deer registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent information from all registration stations. This call-in includes results through the first weekend of the muzzleloader season. The 2019 total estimated kill to date is 4,027, up 4% from last year at the same point. The 2019 total at this point in the season is the 3rd highest in the past 9 years. Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Grafton Counties, respectively, are showing the highest registrations to date.
The Youth Hunt weekend took place on 26-27 October, and the “unofficial” reported youth kill total was 213 deer. This total does not include information from all registration stations. This preliminary total is down 46% from the official 2018 total of 393. Youth weekend success rates were likely impacted by the extremely rainy and windy weather during the Sunday of the hunt. The final youth weekend total will not be available until all registration information is entered and verified.
New Hampshire’s muzzleloader season continues through Tuesday, November 12 and the regular firearm season opens on Wednesday, November 13. Be sure to check the 2019-2020 Hunting and Trapping Digest for wildlife management unit specific regulations. Deer breeding activity is picking up so the next few weeks should provide prime hunting opportunities.
Hunters are again reminded of the NH Food Bank’s need for donations and that they can help by donating venison. For additional information, call the food bank at (603) 669-9725 or visit www.nhfoodbank.org to find out how you can help those in need. The next call-in will occur on 10 November with the deer season update distributed on 12 November (Monday 11/11 is the Veteran’s Day Holiday).
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