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November 16, 2005

2005 N.H. Deer Season Update

CONCORD, N.H. -- As of Sunday, November 13, New Hampshire's hunters had registered 7,366 deer statewide, or about 4% above the 2004 total of 7,101 at this point in the season. Five days into the firearms season, several counties, including Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Merrimack and Sullivan, have the highest registration estimates since 2000. A little snow in some northern areas and in some higher elevation areas may have contributed to hunter enthusiasm and success.

"The rut will likely be in full swing in the next week or so, and with the Thanksgiving holidays approaching, lots of good firearm and archery hunting opportunities remain," said Kent Gustafson, Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

The estimated deer kill statewide and by county through November 13, with comparisons to the previous six years, is listed below (note that these numbers are estimates based on the number of deer registered and are not final):

NH Estimated Deer Kill by County:
First Week After Firearms Opening, 1999 - 2005

COUNTY 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Belknap 512 543 384 471 406 433 460
Carroll 626 596 396 438 322 394 329
Cheshire 874 855 643 748 639 763 837
Coos 1119 962 548 584 600 611 752
Grafton 1420 1283 729 897 828 851 951
Hillsborough 1392 1492 1222 1305 1076 1186 1223
Merrimack 1033 896 567 710 569 694 724
Rockingham 1338 1401 1244 1212 1133 1261 1153
Strafford 538 496 442 530 497 504 517
Sullivan 514 454 307 407 378 404 420
Total 9366 8978 6482 7302 6448 7101 7366

The firearms season continues through December 4, 2005, statewide, with most parts of the state now limited to legally antlered bucks for firearm hunters. Check the 2005-06 New Hampshire Hunting Digest for additional dates and details (to download the current Digest, click here and on the orange publication cover.)

New Hampshire hunting licenses can be purchased online, if you've purchased a license since 2000. (Click here for online license purchases.) Licenses also may be purchased at Fish and Game headquarters or from license agents across the state. Don't let another season get away!

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. For more information on deer hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

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