CONCORD — The preliminary numbers are in for New Hampshire’s deer, bear and fall turkey hunting seasons, and it was a successful year for many New Hampshire hunters.
The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2013 hunting season was 12,387 deer, up 7 percent from the final 2012 kill of 11,612. It was the highest take since 2007, and the fourth highest harvest on record in New Hampshire.
“Based on where deer were registered, it appears as if most counties had deer kills similar to or above the 2012 harvest,” said Dan Bergeron, the Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
The 2013 harvest represents about 14 percent of New Hampshire’s pre-season population of about 87,000 deer. Deer hunting closed in the state on Dec. 15, the final day of the archery deer season.
“The last three winters have been three of the mildest on record in New Hampshire since Fish and Game started recording winter severity index data during the winter of 1964-1965,” Bergeron said. “This has helped increase deer survival and reproduction and, as a result, the statewide kill has increased for the third year in a row.”
He noted that registration data are being entered and verified and by mid-January better information on the distribution of the kill by Wildlife Management Unit will be available
The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2013 season by county, with comparisons to previous years, is posted at huntnh.com/Hunting/deer_hunt_take_by_County.htm. The 2013 figures are estimates based on the number of deer registrations reported in each county, not necessarily killed in that county. As a result, they may not be directly comparable to the actual kill by county for previous years. This is particularly evident in the south-central portion of the state, where many deer killed in surrounding counties are registered in Hillsborough County.