NH: Hunting season update

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer hunting
is going well, as hunters look forward to time afield during the
Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Through November 13, 2011, hunters
had taken an estimated 6,653 deer in New Hampshire, very similar to
the 6,729 registered at this point in the 2010 season.

“Thanksgiving week should continue to provide good firearm and
archery hunting opportunities as breeding activity is peaking,”
said Kent Gustafson, Deer Project Leader for Fish and Game. “For
many families, this is a traditional time to get out and enjoy the
pursuit of whitetails, a time when deer hunting stories and
Thanksgiving dinner are both shared with family and friends.”

For a comparison of harvest results by county at this same point
in the season in recent years, visit
http://www.HuntNH.com/Hunting/deer_hunt_take_November.htm.

The remainder of the regular firearm deer season statewide is
for legally antlered bucks only. There is one exception — licensed
firearm hunters with a valid Special Unit-M Antlerless Only Permit
may use that permit through the end of the regular firearm season
on December 4, while bow hunters may use it until the end of the
archery season on December 15. The regular firearm season will run
through December 4, with the exception of WMU-A, where it ends on
November 27.

New Hampshire’s bear hunting season ends today. As of November
14, hunters had reported harvest of 376 bears (230 males and 146
females). Currently, this year’s harvest is 32% below the 5-year
in-season average of 556 bears for this time period.

“It is important to recognize that the annual bear harvest has
been high during several recent years as a result of a variety of
factors,” explained N.H. Fish and Game bear biologist Andrew
Timmins. “In fact, we have seen record bear harvests in New
Hampshire during five of the last eight years. Some years have been
abnormally high, which greatly influences recent averages and
complicates comparisons to previous years. The current harvest is
actually a more average year. Years with lower harvest numbers help
buffer high harvest years, which generally results in a mean
harvest that coincides with our bear management objective of about
500 bears per year.”

Regionally, 64 bears were taken in the North Region, 102 bears
in the White Mountains, 133 in the Central Region, 45 in
Southwest-1, 30 in Southwest-2, and 2 in the Southeast region of
New Hampshire.

Hunting activity provides a significant boost to New Hampshire’s
economy. According to the most recent National Survey of Fishing,
Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation from the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, about 60,000 hunters in New Hampshire accounted
for nearly $75 million annually in trip-related, equipment and
other spending in the state.

Successful hunters can help the less fortunate by sharing their
harvest with the “Hunt for the Hungry” program at the New Hampshire
Food Bank. For more information on donating game meat, call
603-669-9725 or visit http://www.nhfoodbank.org.

For more information on hunting in New Hampshire, including
online license sales, visit

http://www.HuntNH.com/Hunting/hunting.htm.

 

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