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ERIC P. ORFF
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Hunting

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION

13 December 2021
Bear Season Update - Final

The 2021 statewide bear hunter harvest represented the fifth highest harvest in New Hampshire history.  This year’s harvest was similar (-4%) to the preceding 5-year average (922 bears) and 25% below last year’s record harvest (1183 bears).  The harvest consisted of 475 males and 410 females resulting in an overall harvest sex ratio of 1.2 males per female.  Method-specific harvest sex ratios included 1.3 m:f for bait, 0.8 m:f for hound and 1.1 m:f for still hunters. A breakdown by region and method follows.

2021 IN-SEASON BEAR HARVEST TALLY COMPARED TO PREVIOUS 5 YEARS

NorthWMUsA, B, C2, D1
RegionTotal Harvest173 bears (81 females, 92 males)
 Harvest by method (# bears)Bait (127), Hound (19), Still (27)
 5-year mean harvest (2016-2020); % change164 bears; +5%
WhiteWMUsC1, D2, E, F
MountainsTotal Harvest271 bears (117 females, 154 males)
RegionHarvest by method (# bears)Bait (163), Hound (44), Still (64)
 5-year mean harvest (2016-2020); % change276 bears; -2%
CentralWMUsG, I1, J1, J2
RegionTotal Harvest258 bears (133 females, 125 males)
 Harvest by method (# bears)Bait (140), Hound (37), Still (81)
 5-year mean harvest (2016-2020); % change297 bears; -13%
Southwest-1WMUsH1, I2
RegionTotal Harvest72 bears (33 females, 39 males)
 Harvest by method (# bears)Bait (39), Hound (13), Still (20)
 5-year mean harvest (2016-2020); % change95 bears; -24%
Southwest-2WMUsH2, K
RegionTotal Harvest98 bears (41 females, 57 males)
 Harvest by method (# bears)Bait (57), Still (41)
 5-year mean harvest (2016-2020); % change84 bears; +17%
SoutheastWMUsL, M
RegionTotal Harvest13 bears (5 females, 8 males)
 Harvest by method (# bears)Bait (4), Still (9)
 5-year mean harvest (2016-2020); % change6 bears; +117%
   

Interpretation of harvest data and ages of harvested bears will be complete and available by mid-winter.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  SUM SUM SUM SUM SUM SUM
  898 587 1053 886 1183 885

 

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