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NH 2010 hunting season harvest summaries now available

From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- Results are now available in the 2010 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunting.htm. The annual summary includes statistics on deer, moose, bear, turkey and furbearers.

Wildlife biologists finished tabulating final numbers for the new report, which provides a complete breakdown of 2010 hunting season statistics, including totals by town and Wildlife Management Unit. The report is a valuable reference for both wildlife enthusiasts and hunters scouting for the upcoming seasons.  

The report confirms that the total number of deer killed during the 2010 N.H. hunting season was 9,759. This was a decrease of 6% from the 10,384 deer taken in the state in 2009.

The report attributes the reduction to a decrease in the antlerless deer harvest, the desired result of efforts to reduce the female kill and help speed population recovery following declines in deer numbers in most of the state since the winter of 2007-08.  

The Harvest Summary also 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.  In 2010, two hunters-Bruce Pearl of Gilmanton using a muzzleloader, and Paul Leborgne Jr. of Berlin with a regular firearm-tied for the heaviest deer at 250 pounds.

Hunters took 707 black bears during the 2010 season, representing the third highest bear harvest in New Hampshire history. The 2010 harvest was 36  above the preceding 5-year average of 520 bears. During most years, hunters typically harvest 10-12% of the estimated statewide bear population. The 2010 harvest was about 15% of the N.H. bear population.

Moose hunters took a total of 302 moose during the nine-day season. Their overall success rate was 76%. Hunters traveled from 14 states and one Canadian province to participate.  

Turkey hunters registered a total of 3,669 turkeys during the 2010 spring gobbler season and youth hunt. Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend participants accounted for 14.7% of the spring total of 541 turkeys. During the fall turkey season, 1,010 birds were taken, with 719 during the fall shotgun season and 291 taken by archery.

During the 2009/2010 trapping season, New Hampshire trappers continued to provide valuable benefits to the state's citizenry. Trapper harvest, under the guidance of carefully regulated trapping programs, helps maintain furbearer populations at desired biological and social levels. Data that trappers provide in annual trapper reports are essential for furbearer population management decision-making.

The 2010 N.H. Wildlife Harvest Summary reports that New Hampshire furbearers continue to remain abundant and widespread. A total of 465 trappers held licenses in N.H. last season, a slight increase from the previous year. Pelt values increased for red fox and muskrat, but were down for other species. The value of the 2009-10 fur harvest was $82,980, based on average pelt values and the total amount of fur harvested in New Hampshire.  

The full report is available online at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunting.htm.  

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