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Deer Season Harvest: Comparison by County

The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2016 hunting season was 10,702, down slightly (2%) from the 2015 final kill of 10,895. Based on this estimate, the 2016 total represents the 7th highest kill in the last 9 years and is very similar to the 20-year average of 10,912.  Deer hunting seasons are now closed in the state.

 

"With nearly 11,000 deer taken by hunters, it has been another very good season overall in New Hampshire,” said Dan Bergeron, the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s deer biologist. He noted that the physical condition of deer was good again this year, and that quite a few very large bucks were harvested throughout the state, including a 266-lb. buck taken in Success which made the top 10 list of biggest bucks ever harvested in the state (for all hunting methods).  Bergeron also noted that “this season’s estimated total harvest ranks among the top 25 total harvests going back 95 years to 1922.  In fact, 21 of the top 25 years have taken place from 1995-2016 (during the last 22 years), and 9 of the top 10 years for adult buck harvests have taken place since 2000 (adult buck harvest numbers for 2016 have not yet been verified).

 

A summary of the actual kill by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) compared to previous years will be provided in the 2016 NH Wildlife Harvest Summary, available in March 2017.

 

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 1078 1015 981 978 965 1068 1048 940 964
Coos 977 781 804 676 777 965 970 652 779
Grafton 1780 1768 1368 1580 1779 1933 1667 1809 1643
Hillsborough 1564 1406 1435 1609 1652 1679 1610 1410 1909
Merrimack 1118 1202 1041 1245 1316 1417 1130 1210 996
Rockingham 1990 1722 1732 2086 2138 2124 2118 1975 1759
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