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Bear Harvest

From Andrew Timmins, NH Fish and Game Bear Project Leader

 

Updated December 14, 2020

 

The 2020 New Hampshire bear hunting season achieved a new historical high surpassing the previous record harvest of 1,053 bears in 2018.  This year’s harvest was 42% above the preceding 5-year average (836 bears) and 33% higher than the 2019 tally (886 bears).  The harvest consisted of 608 males and 575 females resulting in an overall harvest sex ratio of 1.1 males per female.  Method-specific harvest sex ratios included 1.0 m:f for bait, 0.9 m:f for hound and 1.2 m:f for still hunters. A breakdown by region and method follows.

 

2020 IN-SEASON BEAR HARVEST TALLY COMPARED TO PREVIOUS 5 YEARS

DATE 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
TOTAL 754 898 587 1053 886 1,183

 

 

Historical Data

 

2020 NH Black Bear Harvest by Region
North Region WMUs A, B, C2, D1
Total Harvest 218 bears (124 females, 94 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (150), Hound (18), Still (50)
5-year mean harvest (2015-2019); % change 151 bears; +44%
White Mountains Region WMUs C1, D2, E, F
Total Harvest 362 bears (171 females, 191 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (242), Hound (44), Still (76)
5-year mean harvest (2015-2019); % change 246 bears; +47%

Central Region

WMUs G, I1, J1, J2
Total Harvest 363 bears (172 females, 191 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (222), Hound (36), Still (105)
5-year mean harvest (2015-2019); % change 276 bears; +32%

Southwest-1 Region

WMUs H1, I2
Total Harvest 114 bears (45 females, 69 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (65), Hound (15), Still (34)
5-year mean harvest (2015-2019); % change 90 bears; +27%

Southwest-2 Region

WMUs H2, K
Total Harvest 117 bears (60 females, 57 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (72), Still (45)
5-year mean harvest (2015-2019); % change 68 bears; +72%

Southeast Region

WMUs L, M
Total Harvest 9 bears (3 females, 6 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (5), Still (4)
5-year mean harvest (2015-2019); % change 4 bears; +125%

Interpretation of harvest data and ages of harvested bears will be complete and available by mid-winter.