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Dec 26, 2015 10:05 AM

New Hampshire hunting seasons slightly down this year

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says in general, hunters seeking deer, moose and bear were slightly less successful this year than last.

The unofficial deer kill for this year was 10,912, down 4 percent from last year but consistent with the 20-year average. Hunters also killed 749 bears this season, which was 5 percent lower than 2014 but 14 percent above the five-year average.

Among those awarded moose permits, 69 percent were successful, down from 72 percent last year.

In contrast, turkey hunters had a banner year. This year's total — 705 turkeys — was a nearly 35 percent increase over last year.

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