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Deer Season Harvest: Comparison by County

The deer kill through October 15 is listed below with comparisons to this point in the season for the previous eight years. Remember that these 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. The 2017 total of 1,577 represents a decrease of 7% from the 2016 season at the same point.  The harvest remains up significantly from 2010 when the September archery season was bucks only.

 

This year’s Youth Hunting Weekend is scheduled for October 21 and 22 and provides young hunters 15 years old or younger the opportunity to take a deer of either sex while accompanied by an experienced adult hunter. The youth weekend provides youngsters a chance to learn deer hunting techniques and traditions as well as other outdoor skills that can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. All youths must be accompanied by an adult mentor at least 18 years of age, with a valid New Hampshire hunting license. The 2016 muzzleloader season will begin on Saturday, October 28. Check the 2017 NH Hunting & Trapping Digest for Wildlife Management Unit specific regulations.

 

Hunters with full freezers are reminded that the New Hampshire Food Bank and the New Horizons Food Bank in Manchester are seeking donations of whole or processed deer. This venison provides a valuable source of meat for food banks around the state. For more information, call the NH Food Bank at (603) 669-9725, extension 240 or the New Horizons Food Bank at (603) 628-6133, extension 114.

 

DEER HARVEST TALLY COMPARISON AS OF 10/15
COUNTY 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Belknap 126 66 82 178 213 114 143 106 107
Carroll 46 37 29 68 118 75 82 71 56
Cheshire 166 111 88 150 207 190 175 139 128
Coos 53 29 20 84 85 81 59 43 36
Grafton 329 120 155 312 369 253 334 268 197
Hillsborough 301 203 225 413 583 488 387 377 354
Merrimack 148 68 99 150 182 154 196 152 141
Rockingham 203 138 190 282 387 300 305 278 348
Strafford 109 49 68 143 204 174 165 120 99
Sullivan 80 66 69 163 170 123 147 136 111
TOTAL 1,561 887 1,025 1,943 2,518 1,952 1,993 1,690 1,577

 

 

 

Historical Data

 

Annual New Hampshire Deer Kill by County 2008 - 2016
COUNTY 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016*
Belknap 502 582 527 741 795 894 618 743 657
Carroll 436 438 485 565 531 647 585 526 603
Cheshire 1,078 1,015 981 978 965 1,068 1,048 940 964
Coos 977 781 804 676 777 965 970 652 779
Grafton 1,780 1,768 1,368 1,580 1,779 1,933 1,667 1,809 1,643
Hillsborough 1,564 1,406 1,435 1,609 1,652 1,679 1,610 1,410 1,909
Merrimack 1,118 1,202 1,041 1,245 1,316 1,417 1,130 1,210 996
Rockingham 1,990 1,722 1,732 2,086 2,138 2,124 2,118 1,975 1,759
Strafford 627 637 648 835 875 969 922 915 730
Sullivan 844 833 738 794 784 844 728 715 662
TOTAL 10,916 10,384 9,759 11,109 11,612 12,540 11,396 10,895 10,702

 

* 2016 gives estimated number of deer registered in each county, not actual kill.

 

For detailed official harvest information for the most recent year available, including data by town, see the NH Wildlife Harvest Summary