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NH Hunting Report - October 19, 2017

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Henry Moncrief took this buck on the opening day of New Hampshire’s archery deer season.

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Deer Archery Update: New Hampshire archers harvested a total of 1,577 deer through October 15. This represents a decrease of 7% from the 2016 season at the same point. The harvest remains up significantly from 2010 when the September archery season was bucks only.


This year’s Youth Deer Hunt Weekend is scheduled for October 21 and 22. The event gives young hunters 15 years old or younger the opportunity to take a deer of either sex while accompanied by an experienced adult hunter. Youngsters get a chance to learn deer hunting techniques and traditions as well as other outdoor skills that can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. All youths must be accompanied by an adult mentor at least 18 years of age with a valid New Hampshire hunting license.


For a breakdown by county of reported deer registrations at the same point in the season in recent years, visit


The muzzleloader season will begin on Saturday, October 28. Check the 2017 NH Hunting & Trapping Digest for Wildlife Management Unit-specific regulations.


Hunters with full freezers are reminded that the New Hampshire Food Bank and the New Horizons Food Bank in Manchester are seeking donations of whole or processed deer. This venison provides a valuable source of meat for food banks around the state. For more information, call the NH Food Bank at (603) 669-9725, extension 240 or the New Horizons Food Bank at (603) 628-6133, extension 114.


Waterfowl Hunting: Check out our waterfowl identification resources and more at


The New Hampshire moose hunt runs October 21 through October 29, by permit only. Good luck to those hunting!


Small Game Hunters: Please take time to help monitor small game populations and participate in our small game and grouse wing and tail surveys; we’ve got a quality firearm to raffle off to a lucky participant in each. Learn more at


The NH Fish and Game Department owns 89 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state, encompassing nearly 52,000 acres. The primary purpose of these lands is to protect and improve habitat for wildlife, but these lands are also open for public recreation including hunting. Check out our interactive WMA map at


Report a Poacher:  If you are aware of a poaching situation, call Operation Game Thief toll-free at 1-800-344-4262 or report wildlife crime online at



Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration: A User-Pay, User-Benefit Program

Researching and managing wildlife and teaching people to become safe, responsible hunters are activities funded by your license dollars and by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, supported by an excise tax on your purchases of firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment. Learn more at