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October 19, 2006

N.H. Archery Deer Harvest to Date Is Highest in 9 Years

CONCORD, N.H. -- Early reports from the archery deer season indicate that there are lots of deer in the woods this fall for New Hampshire hunters. The deer kill through October 15 was the highest in the past nine years, with most counties showing significant increases, according to Kent Gustafson, Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

"The numbers suggest that the state's bow hunters are taking advantage of cooler weather, better visibility and more abundant deer," Gustafson said. "Muzzleloader and firearm deer hunters should expect a similar good season ahead."

The successful deer season to date bodes well for this weekend's youth deer hunt (October 21-22), which again will provide young hunters 15 years old or younger the opportunity to take a deer of either sex. Youths must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age, with a valid New Hampshire hunting license.

The numbers also are good news for New Hampshire's firearm deer hunters as they prepare to get out in the field. The state's muzzleloader deer season is October 28-November 7, and the firearms deer season opens November 8. Deer are the most popular quarry for the more than 60,000 hunters who buy licenses in New Hampshire each year.

Statistics gathered so far from New Hampshire's archery deer hunt are listed below with comparisons to this point in the season in previous years. (Note -- these preliminary figures are estimates based on reported deer registrations by county, not necessarily deer killed in that county, and may not include information from all registration stations.)

REPORTED DEER KILL AS OF OCTOBER 15, 2006
County 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Belknap 71 88 92 62 77 70 76 66 107
Carroll 52 71 51 68 59 70 75 44 60
Cheshire 152 155 126 114 133 115 154 99 175
Coos 51 128 118 74 54 58 60 45 78
Grafton 187 328 308 161 229 191 240 159 333
Hillsborough 171 225 252 214 247 207 239 198 256
Merrimack 127 171 147 108 122 111 147 94 182
Rockingham 211 243 269 257 249 183 237 198 208
Strafford 91 118 92 105 97 121 118 106 156
Sullivan 68 93 96 49 84 71 75 79 120
TOTAL 1181 1620 1551 1212 1351 1197 1421 1088 1675

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