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Deer management program in Hanover proves successful

  • Connie Anderson, who lives on Hanover's west side, away from designated deer management areas, asks Ben Guitar, of Canaan, if he would be willing to hunt the deer that have been eating her perennials during a meeting to assess the results of last year's hunt at Trumbull Hall in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Town officials are encouraging land owners to share their contact information with Senior Planner Vicki Smith if they want to invite hunters onto their land or add their property to the Deer Management Assistance Program map. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Dan Bergeron, a deer biologist with New Hampshire Fish and Game, speaks during a meeting about Hanover's first year distributing special doe permits as part of their deer management plan at Trumbull Hall in Etna, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. "The hunters who got these tags were actually very successful," he said of participating hunters. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Friday, February 08, 2019

Last fall, Hanover was the first town in the state to launch a special hunting program to deal with deer overpopulation, and it was a success, according to figures from the state Fish and Game Department.

Thirty-four of the 100 hunters who were selected to take up to two antlerless deer in Hanover during hunting season harvested a total of 47 deer, Deer Project Leader Dan Bergeron said in an email on Thursday.

“That means hunters had a 34 percent success rate and 24 percent of the tags were filled,” Bergeron said. “This is really good considering average success rates for hunters as a whole are about 14 percent.”

The deer management program was well-received by hunters, landowners and townspeople, Bergeron said. People involved with the program met on Thursday night in Etna to discuss what worked and what changes they’d like to see. Officials are encouraging land owners to share their contact information with Senior Planner Vicki Smith if they want to invite hunters onto their land or add their property to the Deer Management Assistance Program map.

Bergeron hopes the project can be implemented in other towns in the state with nuisance deer populations.

Jordan Cuddemi