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October 24, 2007

N.H. Archery Deer Harvest to Date Is Highest in at Least 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 harvest through October 21 was the highest in at least nine years, with most counties showing significant increases, according to Kent Gustafson, Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Archery deer hunters have taken 2,406 at this point in the season.  The archery deer season continues through December 15 (except WMU A, in which it ends December 8, 2007).

Many typical fall foods for deer, such as acorns and beechnuts, are in short supply this fall compared to last year, but apples are quite abundant.  Pleasant early fall weather conditions have been another plus for hunters. A fairly mild 2006-07 winter meant deer survival was good, as was fawn production and survival last spring.  "Deer hunting this fall is definitely providing some excellent opportunities!" said Gustafson. 

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

The successful deer season to date bodes well for the state's youth deer hunt (October 27-28, 2007), which again will provide young hunters under age 16 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 November 3 - 13 in much of the state, and the firearms deer season opens November 14, 2007.  For season dates and details of the deer seasons by WMU, click here, or consult the 2007-08 N.H. Hunting Digest (click here and on orange publication cover to download).  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. Please note that 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 N.H. DEER KILL AS OF OCTOBER 21, 2007
County 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Belknap 88 92 62 77 70 76 66 107 169
Carroll 71 51 68 59 70 75 44 60 113
Cheshire 155 126 114 133 115 154 99 175 251
Coos 128 118 74 54 58 60 45 78 105
Grafton 328 308 161 229 191 240 159 333 513
Hillsborough 225 252 214 247 207 239 198 256 431
Merrimack 171 147 108 122 111 147 94 182 211
Rockingham 243 269 257 249 183 237 198 208 297
Strafford 118 92 105 97 121 118 106 156 169
Sullivan 93 96 49 84 71 75 79 120 147
TOTAL 1,620 1,551 1,212 1,351 1,197 1,421 1,088 1,675 2,406

For online hunting license sales, click to visit www.nhfishandgame.com.

For more information on deer hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

Hunting activity is important to New Hampshire's economy, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2006, more than $80 million in hunting-related expenditures were generated in 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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