October 04, 2013
New Hampshire Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast - 0
With an estimated herd of 85,000 deer and relatively mild winters in recent years, hunters can expect great deer hunting this fall.
"The 2013 deer season should be the best we've seen since 2007, when 13,339 deer were taken by hunters," said Dan Bergeron, deer project leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. "The 2012-13 winter was mild, with the winter severity index, which measures the effects of winter on deer survival, tied the second lowest statewide average value since we began monitoring the deer herd in 1964."
In most of the state, deer weren't confined to wintering areas and were free to move about and take advantage of widespread food sources. Winter mortality was low and does came through the winter in good shape, so fawn production and survival were above average.
Hunters in the Granite State have a cornucopia of land open for public hunting – and plenty of mature deer to hunt.
"Approximately 55 percent of all antlered bucks are 2 ½-years old and over, so hunters have the opportunity to harvest mature bucks statewide," added Bergeron.