Dec 22, 2014 7:48 AM
Deer take down, bears up in 2014 hunting seasons
The Associated Press
CONCORD - Hunters in New Hampshire took fewer deer this season but more bears.
That's according to preliminary numbers released by New Hampshire Fish and Game. Final numbers will come out in March.
Hunters bagged 11,464 deer during the fall season, down 8.6 percent from the 2013 total of 12,540. It was still the fifth highest take in 10 years and the ninth highest since 1922.
The state's deer herd is estimated at 100,000.
A robust bear population meant more success for those hunters. A total of 784 bears were taken in 2014, a 20 percent increase over the five-year average of 653. Biologists say other factors leading to the higher kill include a good acorn crop and more hunters using methods like baiting and dogs to boost success.