CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire biologists say the deer and bear kill is below peak marks this hunting season so far, but is still within expected ranges.

The deer kill is 15 percent below last year’s near record kill and up slightly from 2006. Through Nov. 16, hunters have killed nearly 7,900 deer compared to 9,300 at the same time a year ago.

The number of bear killed is 33 percent below the five-year average and 37 percent below last year’s tally at this time. So far, 372 bear have been taken.

The firearms season for deer runs through Dec. 7. The bear season varies by area of the state.


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