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New for 2010--NH archery season is bucks only Sept. 15-30

From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- New Hampshire's archery seasons for white-tailed deer open Sept. 15 with an important change.

New for this year,  statewide, only antlered deer may be taken by bow and arrow from Sept. 15 to 30. From Oct.1 through Dec. 15, deer of either sex may be taken with bow and arrow by properly licensed archers.

"The deer population in most of New Hampshire has decreased after a couple of bad winters beginning in 2007-2008. To help the herd recover more quickly, either-sex hunting days during the muzzleloader and firearm seasons were reduced for 2010 in many Wildlife Management Units. To have archery hunters also participate in the efforts to promote herd recovery, the Sept. 15 to 30 portion of the 2010 archery season has been designated as antlered bucks only statewide," deer biologist Kent Gustafson explains.

Since only antlered deer may be taken by archers from Sept. 15 to 30, Special Unit M Antlerless-only Deer Permits may not be used in September.

"We recognize that it might seem odd to restrict the take of antlerless deer in WMU M in September, since the whole point of the Special Unit M Deer Permits is to increase the antlerless kill to help stabilize the deer herd in that part of the state," Gustafson said.

"However, we felt it would be too confusing to have different season structures in just a single unit. Also keeping just Unit M open to archery hunting for antlerless deer might have caused an influx of hunters to the unit during September, which has previously resulted in landowner issues that ultimately work against the desire for a higher deer kill. It is our hope that more effort will be expended later in the season on antlerless deer in unit M to offset the somewhat shorter season."

Also of interest to archery hunters in WMU A:

* Archery hunting in WMU A is closed to turkey hunting.

* Archery  hunting in WMU A ends one week early for deer hunters, concluding Dec. 8.

For more information on deer hunting and deer management in New Hampshire, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_deer.htm. New Hampshire hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online at http://www.huntnh.com

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