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ERIC P. ORFF
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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION

17 November 2021
Deer Season Update

The estimated deer kill through 14 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 2021 total estimated kill to date is 7,873, representing a 17% decrease from last year at the same point. While the 2021 harvest is down from last year, it is right in line with the long-term average at this point in the season.  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, 19 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 5 December while bow hunters may use them until the end of the archery season on 15 December. The regular firearm season will run through 5 December with the exception of WMU-A where it will end on 28 November. The next call-in will occur on 28 November 2021 with the update following.

REPORTED DEER KILL

COUNTY 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Belknap 761 454 497 485 646 554 598 596 588
Carroll 410 371 380 386 412 432 474 497 456
Cheshire 968 843 683 678 840 826 989 969 662
Coos 530 528 370 373 372 596 436 372 329
Grafton 1301 1207 1153 1100 1158 1594 1372 1229 948
Hillsborough 1857 1586 1381 1333 1574 1823 1755 1969 1801
Merrimack 664 648 703 693 694 900 951 793 694
Rockingham 1371 1386 1144 1246 1450 1469 1559 1699 1385
Strafford 648 605 549 568 493 500 508 707 572
Sullivan 612 491 514 497 493 568 575 644 438
Total 9122 8119 7374 7359 8132 9262 9217 9475 7873

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