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Deer Season Harvest: Comparison by County

The reported deer kill through November 3 is listed below with comparisons to the previous 8 years. The values are estimates based on the number of deer registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent information from all registration stations.  This call-in includes results through the first weekend of the muzzleloader season. The 2019 total estimated kill to date is 4,027, up 4% from last year at the same point. The 2019 total at this point in the season is the 3rd highest in the past 9 years.  Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Grafton Counties, respectively, are showing the highest registrations to date.

 

The Youth Hunt weekend took place October 26-27, and the unofficial reported youth kill total was 213 deer. This total does not include information from all registration stations. This preliminary total is down 46% from the official 2018 total of 393. Youth weekend success rates were likely impacted by the extremely rainy and windy weather during the Sunday of the hunt. The final youth weekend total will not be available until all registration information is entered and verified.

 

New Hampshire's muzzleloader season continues through Tuesday, November 12 and the regular firearm season opens on Wednesday, November 13. Be sure to check the NH Hunting & Trapping Digest for wildlife management unit specific regulations. Deer breeding activity is picking up so the next few weeks should provide prime hunting opportunities.

 

New Hampshire Reported Deer Kill by County

Point-in-Season as of November 3, 2019

COUNTY 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Belknap 240 349 424 255 263 179 256 196 208
Carroll 105 135 170 161 162 163 114 165 231
Cheshire 287 314 363 372 349 269 311 334 409
Coos 89 154 220 238 195 199 121 166 124
Grafton 464 682 670 514 656 465 462 622 467
Hillsborough 546 1,008 934 782 721 589 742 873 872
Merrimack 279 292 364 278 360 298 302 373 445
Rockingham 459 624 682 543 608 517 649 626 800
Strafford 219 204 353 278 314 255 119 223 214
Sullivan 237 298 296 271 264 220 200 303 257
TOTAL 2,925 4,060 4,476 3,692 3,892 3,154 3,276 3,881 4,027


 

Historical Data

 

Annual New Hampshire Deer Kill by County 2010 - 2018
COUNTY 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Belknap 527 741 795 894 618 743 605 699 759
Carroll 485 565 531 647 585 526 624 746 883
Cheshire 981 978 965 1,068 1,048 940 852 1,050 1,114
Coos 804 676 777 965 970 652 784 752 1,029
Grafton 1,368 1,580 1,779 1,933 1,667 1,809 1,746 1,904 2,347
Hillsborough 1,435 1,609 1,652 1,679 1,610 1,410 1,406 1,708 1,787
Merrimack 1,041 1,245 1,316 1,417 1,130 1,210 1,162 1,294 1,617
Rockingham 1,732 2,086 2,138 2,124 2,118 1,975 1,920 2,378 2,569
Strafford 648 835 875 969 922 915 900 1,003 1,146
Sullivan 738 794 784 844 728 715 676 775 862
TOTAL 9,759 11,109 11,612 12,540 11,396 10,895 10,675 12,309 14,113

 

For detailed official harvest information for the most recent year available, including data by town, see the NH Wildlife Harvest Summary