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Bear Harvest

From Andrew Timmins, NH Fish and Game Bear Project Leader

 

The 2018 New Hampshire bear hunting season achieved a new historical high surpassing the previous record harvest of 898 bears in 2016. This year’s harvest was 46% above the preceding 5-year average (719 bears) and nearly twice the 2017 tally (587 bears). The harvest consisted of 545 males and 507 females resulting in an overall harvest sex ratio of 1.1 males per female. Method-specific harvest sex ratios included 1.2 m:f for bait, 0.9 m:f for hound and 1.0 m:f for still hunters.

 

Historical Data

Updated 03/15/2019

 

2018 NH Black Bear Harvest by Region
North Region

WMUs

A, B, C2, D1

Total Harvest 198 bears (92 females, 106 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (141), Hound (13), Still (44)
5-year average annual harvest (2013-2017) 136 bears
White Mountains Region

WMUs

C1, D2, E, F

Total Harvest 300 bears (151 females, 149 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (190), Hound (34), Still (76)
5-year average annual harvest (2013-2017) 214 bears

Central Region

WMUs

G, I1, J1, J2

Total Harvest 326 bears (172 females, 154 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (160), Hound (27), Still (138)
5-year average annual harvest (2013-2017) 242 bears

Southwest-1 Region

WMUs

H1, I2

Total Harvest 109 bears (50 females, 59 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (47), Hound (17), Still (45)
5-year average annual harvest (2013-2017) 75 bears

Southwest-2 Region

WMUs

H2, K

Total Harvest 111 bears (42 females, 69 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (54), Still (57)
5-year average annual harvest (2013-2017) 49 bears

Southeast Region

WMUs

L, M

Total Harvest 9 bears  (1 female, 8 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (2), Still (7)
5-year average annual harvest (2013-2017) 3 bears

 

 

2018 Bear Harvest Tally Compared to Previous 5 Years
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
572 786 754 898 587 1,052