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Deer Season Harvest: Comparison by County

The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2017 season is listed below with comparisons to final kill totals for the previous eight years.¬† The 2017 numbers are estimates based on the number of deer reported as being registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent complete data from all registration stations. Data for the previous years are final kill figures for each county and hence the estimated registration distribution for 2017 may not be directly comparable to the previous year’s final kill totals. This is particularly evident in the south-central portion of the state where many deer killed in surrounding counties are registered in Hillsborough County.

 

The estimated 2017 statewide harvest of 12,269 is an increase of 15% from the 2016 final kill of 10,675 and is 13% above the 20 year average of 10,934. ¬†Based on this estimate the 2017 total represents the second highest kill in the last 9 years and is the fifth highest kill in the state’s history, going back to 1922.

 

A summary of the actual kill by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) compared to previous years will become available as soon as registration information is received and data entry is complete.

 

DEER HARVEST TALLY COMPARISON AS OF 11/26
COUNTY 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017*
Belknap 582 527 741 795 894 618 743 605 885
Carroll 438 485 565 531 647 585 526 624 685
Cheshire 1,015 981 978 965 1,068 1,048 940 852 1,100
Coos 781 804 676 777 965 970 652 784 766
Grafton 1,768 1,368 1,580 1,779 1,933 1,667 1,809 1,746 1,785
Hillsborough 1,406 1,435 1,609 1,652 1,679 1,610 1,410 1,406 2,369
Merrimack 1,202 1,041 1,245 1,316 1,417 1,130 1,210 1,162 1,077
Rockingham 1,722 1,732 2,086 2,138 2,124 2,118 1,975 1,920 2,169
Strafford 637 648 835 875 969 922 915 900 673
Sullivan 833 738 794 784 844 728 715 676 760
TOTAL 10,384 9,759 11,109 11,612 12,540 11,396 10,895 10,675 12,269

*2017 gives estimated number of deer registered in each county, not actual kill as in 2009-2016.

 

Historical Data

 

Annual New Hampshire Deer Kill by County 2008 - 2016
COUNTY 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Belknap 502 582 527 741 795 894 618 743 605
Carroll 436 438 485 565 531 647 585 526 624
Cheshire 1,078 1,015 981 978 965 1,068 1,048 940 852
Coos 977 781 804 676 777 965 970 652 784
Grafton 1,780 1,768 1,368 1,580 1,779 1,933 1,667 1,809 1,746
Hillsborough 1,564 1,406 1,435 1,609 1,652 1,679 1,610 1,410 1,406
Merrimack 1,118 1,202 1,041 1,245 1,316 1,417 1,130 1,210 1,162
Rockingham 1,990 1,722 1,732 2,086 2,138 2,124 2,118 1,975 1,920
Strafford 627 637 648 835 875 969 922 915 900
Sullivan 844 833 738 794 784 844 728 715 676
TOTAL 10,916 10,384 9,759 11,109 11,612 12,540 11,396 10,895 10,675

 

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