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

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION

8 November 2022
Deer Season Update #4

The deer kill through November 6th is listed below with comparisons to the previous 8 years. As always, the 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 statewide estimated deer kill to date is 5,741, which is a 14% increase in harvest from the same point last year. Harvest was very high through the first several weeks of the season, but has slowed somewhat over the last couple of weeks as unseasonably warm weather set in. However, this year’s harvest to date remains above the long-term average. Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Grafton Counties, respectively, continue showing the highest registrations to date. These reported totals include estimated registrations through the second weekend of the muzzleloader season, which ends Tuesday, November 8th.

The regular firearm season begins on Wednesday, November 9th, with various numbers of either-sex days in each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). Be sure to check the 2022-2023 NH Hunting and Trapping Digest for WMU-specific regulations. The Hunting Digest is available through license agents or on the Fish and Game website at www.HuntNH.com. With the opening of the regular firearm season and the increasing number of hunters afield, hunters are reminded that wearing blaze orange reduces hunting-related incidents. Successful hunters can continue to help the less fortunate by donating venison. Contact the NH Food Bank at (603) 669-9725 for more information. The next call-in is scheduled for November 13th with the update released later in the week.

REPORTED DEER KILL

COUNTY 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Belknap 337 326 243 390 346 358 459 327 368
Carroll 217 194 217 188 257 312 288 235 239
Cheshire 488 385 362 439 487 608 618 417 456
Coos 312 241 200 182 279 198 226 171 211
Grafton 696 847 599 573 820 745 717 657 796
Hillsborough 1076 964 943 1049 1205 1253 1426 1220 1325
Merrimack 418 477 438 442 548 609 480 407 495
Rockingham 852 871 790 1015 1013 1179 1235 970 1002
Strafford 399 299 356 321 299 238 464 342 461
Sullivan 307 325 287 301 330 351 349 292 388
Total 5102 4929 4435 4900 5584 5851 6262 5038 5741

 

 


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