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New Hampshire

December 20, 2012

Preliminary NH hunting numbers released by state

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Officials say preliminary numbers show it was a successful year for many New Hampshire hunters.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 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 Wednesday 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 of 806 black bears this fall, beating the previous record of 803 bears killed in 2003.

Officials say 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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