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News Preliminary deer harvest report shows record year in 2017

The preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2017 is 13,220 – a new record high. Archery and primitive firearms seasons also saw record harvests.
1/31/2018
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

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Marion Larson, MassWildlife

Massachusetts deer hunter

The preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2017 is 13,220 – a new record high. Archery and primitive firearms seasons also saw record harvests. The preliminary harvest figures by season are as follows:

  • Youth Deer Hunt Day (Sept. 30): 109
  • Paraplegic Deer Hunt (Nov. 2–4): 4
  • Archery Season (Oct. 16–Nov. 25): 5,191
  • Shotgun Season (Nov. 25–Dec. 9): 5,162
  • Primitive Firearms Season (Dec. 11–Dec. 30): 2,754
     
2017 harvest by Wildlife Management Zone (WMZ map)

Zone

Adult Male

Female

Button Buck

Total

1

249

59

8

316

2

493

48

6

547

3

439

121

17

577

4N

425

95

19

539

4S

302

37

5

344

  5

479

179

28

686

6

118

39

6

163

7

422

245

42

709

8

647

282

37

966

9

730

353

66

1,149

10

1,227

1,075

249

2,551

11

1,662

1,043

267

2,972

12

159

74

16

249

13

319

365

110

794

14

244

309

105

658

Statewide

7,915

4,324

981

13,220

While total harvest by zone can be informative, it doesn’t provide the complete picture for monitoring trends in deer density because total harvest is influenced by antlerless deer permit allocations in each zone as well as annual changes in hunter effort, weather, etc. The MassWildlife Deer Project Leader analyzes harvest, biological, and hunter effort data, along with hunter success rates, female versus male harvest, and other factors to manage deer populations in each zone. An analysis of this information is now underway for the annual spring deer management review. A complete harvest summary will be posted on the MassWildlife website shortly after the annual deer review, so please check back in June. Click here to learn more about deer management in Massachusetts.

 

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