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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.

DEER KILL

COUNTY 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Belknap 753 761 454 497 485 646 554 598 596
Carroll 353 410 371 380 386 412 432 474 497
Cheshire 670 968 843 683 678 840 826 989 969
Coos 388 530 528 370 373 372 596 436 372
Grafton 1152 1301 1207 1153 1100 1158 1594 1372 1229
Hillsborough 1806 1857 1586 1381 1333 1574 1823 1755 1969
Merrimack 651 664 648 703 693 694 900 951 793
Rockingham 1369 1371 1386 1144 1246 1450 1469 1559 1699
Strafford 587 648 605 549 568 493 500 508 707
Sullivan 584 612 491 514 497 493 568 575 644
Total 8313 9122 8119 7374 7359 8132 9262 9217 9475

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