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Bear Harvest

From Andrew Timmins, NH Fish and Game Bear Project Leader

 

The 2017 New Hampshire bear season concluded at 586 bears which was 23% below the preceding 5-year average of 764 bears.  Additionally, this year’s harvest was down 35% from 2016 level when a record harvest was achieved.  The harvest consisted of 316 males and 270 females resulting in an overall harvest sex ratio of 1.2 males per female.  Method-specific harvest sex ratios included 1.4 m:f for bait, 0.9 m:f for hound and 1.0 m:f for still hunters.

 

Historical Data

Updated 04/19/2018

 

NH Black Bear Harvest by Region
North Region

WMUs

A, B, C2, D1

Total Harvest 99 bears (52 females, 47 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (79), Hound (10), Still (10)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 154 bears
White Mountains Region

WMUs

C1, D2, E, F

Total Harvest 169 bears (67 females, 102 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (95), Hound (41), Still (33)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 226 bears

Central Region

WMUs

G, I1, J1, J2

Total Harvest 207 bears (102 females, 105 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (89), Hound (46), Still (72)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 253 bears

Southwest-1 Region

WMUs

H1, I2

Total Harvest 64 bears (29 females, 35 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (32), Hound (10), Still (22)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 79 bears

Southwest-2 Region

WMUs

H2, K

Total Harvest 46 bears (20 females, 26 males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Bait (27), Still (19)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 51 bears

Southeast Region

WMUs

L, M

Total Harvest 2 bears  (both males)
Harvest by method (#  bears) Still (2)
5-year average annual harvest (2012-2016) 3 bears

 

 

2017 Bear Harvest Tally Compared to Previous 5 Years
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
812 570 786 754 898 587