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Deer Season Harvest: Comparison by County

The estimated deer kill through November 26 is listed below with comparisons to the previous eight years. As with previous call-in figures, these numbers are estimates based on the number of deer registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent information from all registration stations. The estimated statewide harvest to date is 11,135. The 2017 statewide total represents a 12% increase from 2016 at this point in the season and is the second highest in the last nine years.  Harvests in all but two counties (Coos and Strafford) are above what they were last year at the same point. However, most notably, Belknap County is 32% above where it was last year at the same point.

 

The regular firearm season runs through December 3, with the exception of WMU-A where the regular firearm season ended on November 26. This gives hunters roughly one more week of regular firearm season hunting opportunity in most of the state. The archery season continues through December 15 except in WMU-A where it ends December 8. The Thanksgiving holiday marks the end of many hunters’ efforts for the year and late season hunters can now take advantage of reduced hunting pressure.

 

DEER HARVEST TALLY COMPARISON AS OF 11/26
COUNTY 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Belknap 588 554 780 829 932 645 657 619 820
Carroll 349 445 458 460 582 530 492 561 619
Cheshire 1,107 1,027 963 752 1,063 1,035 921 842 1,037
Coos 627 676 560 564 823 880 586 703 678
Grafton 1,528 1,168 1,218 1,461 1,633 1,475 1,512 1,477 1,599
Hillsborough 1,767 1,799 1,839 2,165 2,228 1,984 1,815 1,774 2,169
Merrimack 859 763 909 777 839 844 977 849 997
Rockingham 1,323 1,368 1,704 1,610 1,679 1,777 1,600 1,622 1,937
Strafford 577 634 628 678 775 721 706 685 635
Sullivan 614 631 664 677 770 596 677 617 644
TOTAL 9,339 9,065 9,723 9,973 11,324 10,487 9,943 9,749 11,135

 

 

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