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

October 1, 2019
RE: Deer Season Call-in Update

As of the deer registration call-in on 29 September, the reported archery deer harvest for 2019 was 1,022.  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 2019 reported kill decreased 22% from 1,305 in 2018 to 1,022 in 2019. This early in the season, numerous factors can influence the harvest including weather conditions, especially on weekends, and mast availability.  This year fall foods are abundant, likely affecting deer movement and making it harder for hunters to “pattern” deer.  Last year’s season total represented the 2nd highest harvest going back to 1922 and the adult buck harvest was the highest ever recorded.  Fall foods during 2018 were extremely scarce causing deer to increase their movement in search of food, making them more vulnerable to harvest, particularly during the early parts of the archery season. Data from subsequent call-ins will provide additional information as the season progresses.

The next call-in is scheduled to occur on 20 October 2019 with the deer season update available on 21 October.

REPORTED DEER KILL

COUNTY
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Belknap
21
114
144
71
80
56
49
67
48
Carroll
6
33
75
50
50
33
29
58
35
Cheshire
21
103
142
138
93
71
69
108
111
Coos
4
45
52
36
28
29
19
25
18
Grafton
53
190
258
154
184
153
106
200
132
Hillsborough
39
240
355
308
228
194
180
330
239
Merrimack
14
85
126
82
98
66
80
111
105
Rockingham
37
163
158
173
185
120
129
234
196
Strafford
25
84
133
110
77
69
47
75
61
Sullivan
25
101
116
108
86
60
64
97
77
Total
245
1,158
1,559
1,230
1,109
851
772
1,305
1,022

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