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May 7, 2007

2006 N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary Available

CONCORD, N.H. -- Wildlife biologists from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department have finished crunching the numbers for the 2006 hunting seasons, and the results are available in the 2006 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary. This report is a useful resource for hunters, providing a complete breakdown of 2006 hunting season statistics for deer, bear, moose and turkey, plus trapping statistics for furbearers.

The 2006 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary can be viewed on the Fish and Game website - click here and and click on the publication cover in the right-hand column. A limited number of printed copies are also available at no charge, and can be picked up at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord, or from the Department's regional offices.

The report provides statewide hunting statistics, often with breakdowns by town and Wildlife Management Unit. It confirms that New Hampshire's 2006 harvest of 11,766 deer was the fourth highest on record - a tally only exceeded in 1967 (14,202), 1968 (12,771) and in 1997 (11,800). The 2006 kill was an 11% increase from 2005, and represents approximately 14% of the pre-hunt deer population.

Turkey hunters will be encouraged by data reflecting a flourishing turkey population. A total of 3,559 turkeys were harvested from 223 towns and registered at 53 stations during the 2006 spring turkey season and youth weekend. This was a 17% increase over the harvest of 2005 and a new state record. The statewide population estimate as of August 2006 was 33,000 wild turkeys. A total of 19,627 turkey permits were purchased last year (excluding 824 fall shotgun permits). Turkey numbers continue to show annual growth in northern and eastern areas of the state.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

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