New Hampshire Wildlife News
by Certified Wildlife Biologist, Eric P. Orff

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION

17 December 2021
Deer Season Update

The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2021 season is listed below with comparisons to final kill totals for the previous 9 years. The 2021 numbers are estimates based on the number of deer reported as being registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent complete data from all registration stations. Data for the previous years are final kill figures for each county and hence the estimated registration distribution for 2021 may not be directly comparable to the previous years’ final kill totals. This is particularly evident in the south-central portion of the state where many deer killed in surrounding counties are registered in Hillsborough County.

The estimated 2021 statewide harvest of 12,458 is a decrease of 4.5% from the 2020 final kill of 13,043 but is 2.7% higher than the 10-year average of 12,134. Based on this estimate, the 2021 total represents the fourth-highest kill in the last 10 years and the seventh-highest kill in the state’s history, going back to 1922.

A summary of the actual kill by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) compared to previous years will be sent out as soon as registration information is received and data entry is complete. All registration slips should be received within the next week and verified against registration seals issued and returned. Data entry, verification, and preliminary analysis should be complete by early January when a final summary of this year’s hunt will be available. Thanks to all those who helped make these deer season updates possible and Happy Holidays to all.

REPORTED DEER KILL

COUNTY 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021*
Belknap 795 894 618 743 605 699 759 700 756 808
Carroll 531 647 585 526 624 746 883 672 788 735
Cheshire 965 1068 1048 940 852 1050 1114 1153 1193 1182
Coos 777 965 970 652 784 752 1029 738 580 673
Grafton 1779 1933 1667 1809 1746 1904 2347 1957 1887 1675
Hillsborough 1652 1679 1610 1410 1406 1708 1787 1640 1814 2702
Merrimack 1316 1417 1130 1210 1162 1294 1617 1360 1572 1084
Rockingham 2138 2124 2118 1975 1920 2378 2569 2227 2482 2051
Strafford 875 969 922 915 900 1003 1146 1050 1142 826
Sullivan 784 844 728 715 676 775 862 809 829 722
Total 11,612 12,540 11,396 10,895 10,675 12,309 14,113 12,306 13,043 12,458

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