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Deer Season Harvest: Comparison by County

The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire's 2018 season is listed below with comparisons to final kill totals for the previous eight years. The 2018 numbers are estimates based on the number of deer reported as being registered (not necessarily killed) in each county and may not represent complete data from all registration stations. Data for the previous years are final kill figures for each county and hence the estimated registration distribution for 2018 may not be directly comparable to the previous year’s final kill totals. This is particularly evident in the south-central portion of the state where many deer killed in surrounding counties are registered in Hillsborough County.

 

The estimated 2018 statewide harvest of 14,057 is an increase of 14% from the 2017 final kill of 12,309 and is 26% above the 20-year average of 11,150. Based on this estimate, the 2018 total represents the highest kill in the last nine years and is the second highest kill in the state's history, going back to 1922.

 

A summary of the actual kill by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) compared to previous years will be sent out as soon as registration information is received and data entry is complete. Data entry, verification, and preliminary analysis should be complete by early January 2019 when a final summary of this year's hunt will be available.

 

Historical Data

 

Annual New Hampshire Deer Kill by County 2008 - 2017
COUNTY 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018*
Belknap 527 741 795 894 618 743 605 699 877
Carroll 485 565 531 647 585 526 624 746 850
Cheshire 981 978 965 1,068 1,048 940 852 1,050 1,127
Coos 804 676 777 965 970 652 784 752 1,034
Grafton 1,368 1,580 1,779 1,933 1,667 1,809 1,746 1,904 2,237
Hillsborough 1,435 1,609 1,652 1,679 1,610 1,410 1,406 1,708 2,645
Merrimack 1,041 1,245 1,316 1,417 1,130 1,210 1,162 1,294 1,396
Rockingham 1,732 2,086 2,138 2,124 2,118 1,975 1,920 2,378 2,378
Strafford 648 835 875 969 922 915 900 1,003 698
Sullivan 738 794 784 844 728 715 676 775 815
TOTAL 9,759 11,109 11,612 12,540 11,396 10,895 10,675 12,309 14,057*

*2018 gives estimated number of deer registered in each county, not actual kill as in 2010-2017.

 

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