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October 29, 2009

Regular Firearms Deer Season Starts November 11

CONCORD, N.H. – Opening day for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer season takes place on November 11, 2009, a date anticipated with great enthusiasm by the state’s estimated 60,000 deer hunters.  The season runs through December 6 in much of the state, except in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) A in northern New Hampshire, where it closes November 29, 2009.

The state’s popular muzzleloader deer season gets underway on Saturday, October 31 (except in WMU A, where it begins on November 2), and runs through November 10, 2009.

“For many New Englanders, the firearms deer season is a traditional opportunity to get together with family and friends, enjoy our bountiful resources and put meat in the freezer before winter,” said Kent Gustafson, the deer biologist for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

New Hampshire’s deer herd came through last winter in good shape, according to Gustafson. The state’s archery deer kill through October 18, 2009, totaled 1,561, somewhat below last year’s total at that point in the season, but higher than similar totals experienced from 2001 to 2005, according to preliminary reports.  For a comparison by county (where deer were registered), visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/deer_hunt_take_October.htm.

Deer hunters can find Wildlife Management Unit and season-specific either-sex day regulations in the 2009-2010 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest, available online at www.huntnh.com and from Fish and Game license agents.  In WMU A, an antler point restriction and changes in season length are again in place as part of an effort to improve the age structure of the northern deer herd.

Hunting licenses can be purchased online at www.HuntNH.com or from license agents statewide.  Licenses are also sold at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.  The basic N.H. hunting license costs $22 for residents and $103 for nonresidents.  Hunters under age 16 do not need a license, but must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult at least 18 years of age. 
       
Special permits remain available for taking one additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit M during the archery, muzzleloader or firearms season by any legal method.  Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis for $13 each (a limit of one per licensed hunter). They can be purchased online, at Fish and Game headquarters, or by mail.  Visit www.wildnh.com/Hunting/Special_Unit_M_permits.htm.

Successful hunters can help the less fortunate by sharing their harvest with the “Hunt for the Hungry” program at the New Hampshire Food Bank.  For more information on donating game meat, call (603) 669-9725 or visit www.nhfoodbank.org.

Find more on deer hunting in New Hampshire at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_deer.htm.

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