STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION
November 17, 2020
Deer Season Update
The estimated deer kill through 15 November is listed below with comparisons to the previous 8 years. 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 2020 total estimated kill to date is 9,475, representing a 3% increase from last year at the same point. The 2020 total at this point in the season is the highest in the past 9 years. Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Grafton Counties, respectively, are showing the highest registrations to date. The next couple of weeks, including the Thanksgiving Holiday should provide hunters with a great opportunity as the rut should remain strong during this period.
Either-sex regular firearm hunting opportunities have ended in most Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) and the remainder of the regular firearm season in these units will be legally antlered bucks only. Units L and M are the exceptions with either-sex regular firearm hunting continuing through Friday, 20 November. Licensed firearm hunters with valid Special Unit-L and/or Unit-M Antlerless Only Permits may use these permits through the end of the regular firearm season on 6 December while bow hunters may use them until the end of the archery season on 15 December. The regular firearm season will run through 6 December with the exception of WMU-A where it will end on 29 November. The next call-in will occur on 29 November 2020 with the update following.