Black bear hunters took a total of 569 bears in New Hampshire during the 2013 season. While this harvest is 30 percent less compared to the record harvest of 2012 (808 bears), this harvest was more consistent with the recent five-year average (626 bears).
“More abundant natural foods during 2013 resulted in a more ‘average’ year in terms of both bear harvest and bear-human conflict levels,” said Andrew Timmins, the Bear Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
The 2013 bear harvest included of 340 males and 229 females, resulting in an overall harvest sex ratio of 1.5 males per female.
For a comparison of bear season results in recent years, visit huntnh.com/Hunting/bear_hunt_take.htm.
Fall turkey hunters did pretty well, considering that the relative abundance of fruits, nuts and seeds this fall made turkey flocks somewhat more difficult to encounter. A total of 811 turkeys (490 hens and 341 males) have been registered.
Hunters took 286 turkeys during the Sept. 15 – Dec. 15 archery turkey season, and 545 turkeys during the Oct. 14-18 fall shotgun turkey season, according to Fish & Game Turkey Biologist Ted Walski. A larger number of turkeys are taken during the May spring gobbler season; hunters took 4,522 turkeys in New Hampshire in May of 2013. As was the case during the spring season, the fall turkey harvest totals were highest from the Wildlife Management Units in southeastern New Hampshire.
Final numbers from all the year’s hunting seasons will be summarized in the 2013 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary, which will be issued in March.