CONCORD, N.H. — The 2017 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary is now available. The publication presents final data summarized by wildlife biologists from the 2017 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of hunting season statistics, including some information by town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).
The 2017 N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary is available online at www.wildnh.com/hunting/harvest-summary.html (select “2017”). A limited number of print copies are available at the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord and regional offices in Durham, New Hampton, Lancaster, and Keene.
The report confirms that New Hampshire’s 2017 deer season resulted in a total harvest of 12,309 deer. The adult (antlered) buck kill of 7,708 was the highest in the state going back to when recordkeeping began in1922. Archers took 3,102 deer, the youth weekend accounted for 270, while muzzloaders and regular firearms hunters took 2,662 and 6,275 deer, respectively.
The Harvest Summary includes data from the N.H. Trophy Deer Program, run by the N.H. Antler and Skull Trophy Club, which annually recognizes hunters who take deer with a weight of 200 pounds or more by each of three hunting methods (archery, muzzleloader, and regular firearms). The heaviest deer for 2017 (253 pounds) was taken by Patrick Couch of Rochester, NH, using a regular firearm.
The 2017 bear harvest total was 587, down from the record harvest of 898 in 2016. This decrease in harvest is largely the result of abundant fall mast crops in much of the state in 2017, which leads to decreased bear/human conflict. The spring 2017 turkey harvest was 4,482, up from 3,882. It has been averaging about 4,000 for the past 10 years. The 2017 fall turkey harvest of 450 was down from 2016 when 1,101 were taken. Like bear, fall turkeys were less vulnerable to harvest as a result of the abundance of food. The report also provides statistics for moose and furbearers.
Wildlife research and management activities in New Hampshire, including production of the annual NH Wildlife Harvest Summary, are funded through Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, a user-pay, user-benefit program supported by the purchase of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.
Learn more about hunting in New Hampshire at www.huntnh.com/hunting.