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The preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2019 is 13,921 – the second highest harvest on record, 629 fewer than the 2018 record.
1/29/2020
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

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Marion Larson, MassWildlife

Massachusetts deer hunter

The preliminary harvest figures for 2019 by season are as follows:

  • Youth Deer Hunt Day (Sept. 28): 89
  • Paraplegic Deer Hunt (Oct. 31– Nov. 2): 5
  • Archery Season (Zones 1-9: Oct. 21–Nov. 30 and Zones 10-14: Oct 7-Nov. 30): 6,149
  • Shotgun Season (Dec. 2–Dec. 14): 4,984
  • Primitive Firearms Season (Dec. 16–Dec. 31): 2,694

The deep snow that covered much of the state during the shotgun season appears to have caused a drop in hunter effort and deer harvest during that time (especially on the opening day). However, it appears deer taken during the archery season and primitive season made up for that short-term drop.

While total harvest by zone can be informative, it doesn’t provide the complete picture. Thus, it is important to assess harvest data and monitor trends by Wildlife Management Zone (WMZ map)Total harvest is influenced by deer density and the number of antlerless deer permits that MassWildlife allocates in each zone, as well as annual changes in hunter effort, harvest-rates, success-rates, weather, etc. The MassWildlife Deer Project Leader will spend the next few months thoroughly analyzing the deer harvest and biological data as well as assessing deer population trends in each zone. The results and recommendations for the 2020 season will take place at the annual deer management review presented at a Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting in late spring. A complete harvest summary will be posted on the MassWildlife website shortly after the deer review, so please check back here in early summer.

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Zone

Adult Male

Female

Button Buck

Total

1

218

84

7

310

2

425

79

7

513

3

376

148

17

544

4N

389

125

12

526

4S

228

74

10

312

5

512

160

25

702

6

148

49

3

206

7

422

267

37

733

8

554

249

42

853

9

690

491

105

1,295

10

1,205

1,101

192

2,508

11

1,810

1,312

287

3,420

12

193

88

10

303

13

344

629

146

1,132

14

257

315

79

665

 

7,772

5,171

979

13,921

 

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