New Hampshire 2011 Prelim Harvest ResultsNew Hampshire Fish and Game Dept., Bear Hunting Magazine
New Hampshire released their 2011 preliminary harvest results. The preliminary number for the bear hunting season this year show that bear hunters in the state took a total of 418 bears of which 246 were males and 172 were females. Bait hunters harvested 193 of these while spot and stalk hunters took 155 and hound hunters came in with 70 bears. The 2011 total of 418 bears is down from recent harvest levels, but is actually closer to the state average.
65 of the years bears were taken in the North, 128 in the White Mountains, 147 in the Central, 46 in Southwest-1, 30 in Southwest-2, and 2 in the Southeast regions.
The NH Fish and Game bear biologist A. Timmins stated, "It's important to recognize that the annual bear harvest has been high during several recent years as a result of a variety of factors. We have seen record bear harvests in New Hampshire during five of the last eight years. Some years have been abnormally high, which greatly influences recent averages and complicates comparisons to previous years. While the 2011 harvest may seem low, it actually is a more average year than some we've had recently. Low-harvest years help buffer high-harvest years, which generally gets us closer to our bear management objective of about 500 bears per year."
The final official harvest total will be issued in March of 2012.