Numbers indicate state record for bear season, deer up
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says preliminary hunting numbers show a state record for bear season and increases in the deer and fall turkey seasons.
The department says 1,052 bears were taken in 2018. That breaks the previous record of 898 bears in 2016.
Bear biologist Andrew Timmins said the record is no surprise, given the low availability of food for bears in the fall. Food was largely depleted by mid-October and bears began denning early.
For deer, the take of 14,057 was up 14 percent from the 2017 harvest of 12,309. It’s second to 1967, when 14,204 deer were taken. Hunters were allowed then to harvest any gender of deer statewide throughout all seasons, including archery, muzzleloader, and firearms.
Hunters took 1,280 turkeys; 450 were taken in 2017.