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