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

Deer Hunt - Photo is from History of NH Game and Furbearers by Helenette Silver.

Chapter VIII, Big Game, White Tail Deer

From History of NH Game and Furbearers by Helenette Silver, Research Clerk, NH Fish and Game Dept. 1957

The whitetail deer, Odocoileus virginianus borealis, is the most important game species in New Hampshire. Dressed weights of New Hampshire deer average between 65 and 180 pounds for bucks, and 60 and 120 pounds for does, although larger specimens are taken every year The largest buck weighed in at an official checking station tipped the scales at 294 pounds, dressed the largest doe, 166. A weight loss of roughly 25 percent is allowable for dressing. As a measure of condition, weights, unless the age is also known, are without much meaning. At time of writing, data on weights by age class are being compiled for in elusion in the forthcoming publication on New Hampshire deer.

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