Kent Gustafson: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
October 27, 2010
Regular Firearms Deer Season Starts November 10, 2010
CONCORD, N.H. – Opening day for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer season is November 10, 2010, a date anticipated with great enthusiasm by the state’s estimated 60,000 deer hunters. The season runs through December 5 in much of the state, except in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) A in northern New Hampshire, where it closes November 28, 2010.
The state’s popular muzzleloader deer season gets underway on Saturday, October 30, statewide and runs through November 9, 2010.
“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 preliminary total for the state’s archery deer kill through October 17, 2010, was 887 deer, which is below that of recent years and reflects the desired reduction in antlerless archery kill during September. Since October 1, the archery season has once again been "either sex." 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 2010-2011 N.H. Hunting and Trapping Digest, available online at www.huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent.
Changes in season length remain in place in Wildlife Management Unit A as part of an effort to improve the buck age-structure of the northern deer herd; there is no antler point restriction for WMU A this year. Hunters who held a N.H. hunting license in 2009 should watch for a letter in the mail this November telling them how to participate in a survey about the direction Fish and Game should take with regard to buck age-structure management. Background information on this deer management issue is available on the Fish and Game website now at www.huntnh.com/buckagestructure.
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.
A limited number of special permits are available for taking additional antlerless deer in WMU M during the archery, muzzleloader or firearms season. At this time, Special Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits can only be purchased at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord, N.H. For more information, visit www.huntnh.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 (www.nhfoodbank.org). For more information on donating game meat, call 603-669-9725 x112.
Find more about deer hunting in New Hampshire at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_deer.htm.