Preliminary New Hampshire hunting numbers: 2012 a successful year

Last modified: 12/19/2012 10:35:02 PM
Officials said preliminary numbers show it was a successful year for many New Hampshire hunters.

The Fish and Game Department said an estimated 11,590 deer were killed, which is a 4 percent increase over last year’s final number and the highest amount since 2007.

Kent Gustafson, a deer biologist with the state, said yesterday that last year’s mild winter helped the deer population and the number of deer killed has increased for a second year in a row.

Hunters also took a record 806 black bears this fall, beating the previous record of 803 bears killed in 2003.

Officials said turkey hunters also fared well, taking a total of 1,024 turkeys, which is a 60 percent jump over last year’s combined fall seasons.

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