Deer Season Update

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As of Sunday, November 14, New Hampshire's hunters have registered 7,101 deer statewide, 10% more than last year at this point in the season. Five days into the firearms season, deer registrations are at least slightly above 2003 levels in all counties. Cheshire, Coos and Rockingham counties are slightly above totals seen during the last 3 years (2001 to 2003).

The estimated deer kill through November 14 is listed below with comparisons to the previous 6 years. These numbers are estimates based on the number of deer registered and are not final. According to Kent Gustafson, deer project leader for Fish and Game, a bit of snow in some portions of southern New Hampshire likely contributed to hunter success in those areas.

Peak rutting activity will occur during the next couple of weeks, Gustafson says. With a weekend and the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, lots of good firearm and archery hunting opportunities remain. The firearms season continues through December 5 statewide, with most parts of the state now limited to legally antlered bucks for firearm hunters.