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December 17, 2004

Estimated 2004 New Hampshire Deer Kill Tops 10,000

CONCORD, N.H. -- As of December 16, New Hampshire hunters had registered an estimated total of 10,080 deer during the 2004 hunting season, a 7 percent increase over last year. The firearms season for deer ended December 5, and the deer archery season ended December 15.

"We expected that the 2004 harvest would be around 10,000, more similar to results seen in 1999, 2000 and 2002," said Kent Gustafson, a wildlife biologist and the Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Gustafson explained that lower harvest figures seen in the state during 2001 and 2003 resulted from higher-than-normal winter severity impacts in the winters of 2000-2001 and 2002-2003, followed by restricted antlerless hunting opportunities enacted by Fish and Game in 2001 and 2003 in response to those winters.

"It appears as if deer numbers are recovering and, if the winter weather cooperates, deer numbers should continue to rebound in New Hampshire for the 2005 season," Gustafson said.

A final summary of this year's hunt will be available in the 2004 Harvest Summary, which will be published in March 2005.

Estimated Deer Kill by County at Close of Firearms and Archery Deer Season, 1999-2004

COUNTY
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
Belknap
577
623
506
642
538
595
Carroll
736
704
600
685
486
627
Cheshire
994
957
901
1,115
895
1,033
Coos
1,357
1,365
888
1,104
1,056
978
Grafton
1,676
1,640
1,115
1,427
1,322
1,334
Hillsborough
1,560
1,715
1,587
1,885
1,555
1,611
Merrimack
1,159
1,047
839
948
795
979
Rockingham
1,476
1,692
1,721
1,904
1,637
1,712
Strafford
586
553
552
690
651
670
Sullivan
580
530
420
586
519
541
TOTAL
10,701
10,826
9,129
10,986
9,454
10,080

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