2018-2019 Whitetail Harvest Increases in Several States

Deer hunters across the United States experienced a lot of success during 2018-2019 whitetail seasons. Here’s a recap of the numbers from four states.

2018-2019 Whitetail Harvest Increases in Several States

Whitetail hunters in several states recorded strong harvests during the 2018-19 season, including some of the most well-known states, as well as other destinations lower on the hunting radar.

For example, New Hampshire saw fewer hunters in the woods last season, but had a record harvest of 14,057 deer. That was 26 percent higher than the 20-year state average. Not many hunters think of the Granite State as a destination for pursuing deer.

“This season’s estimated total harvest ranks as the second highest in the state’s history going back 96 years to 1922. It was only exceeded in 1967, when 14,204 were taken,” Dan Bergeron, N.H. Fish and Game’s deer biologist, told the Concord Monitor. In that 1967 season, more than 88,000 hunters bought a license and were able to kill male or female deer statewide throughout all seasons.

Other States With Strong Seasons

  • Illinois, with 151,577 deer killed during the archery and firearms seasons that ended Jan. 20, 2019. Of that number, 45 percent were does and 55 percent were bucks. Bowhunters killed more than 61,000 deer, while traditional and muzzleloader firearms hunters killed more than 84,000 deer. Almost 4,100 deer were killed during the late-winter antlerless-only and Special CWD zone seasons.
  • Kentucky, where of the total 145,753 deer killed during the season; 109,869 of those were during the firearms season. Bowhunters accounted for 18,120, with another 13,059 tallied during the popular muzzleloader season and 4,705 by hunters using crossbows. Kentucky officials say 54 percent of the total were bucks — including 8,066 with “not-visible” antlers — and 46 percent were does.
  • Missouri, with more than 290,000 deer killed statewide according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The November portion of the autumn firearms season saw 199,427 deer killed; 102,930 were antlered bucks, 19,924 were button bucks and 76,573 were does.
This whitetail buck, as well as the antlerless deer shown at the top of the page, were tagged during the 2018-2019 Missouri deer season.
This whitetail buck, as well as the antlerless deer shown at the top of the page, were tagged during the 2018-2019 Missouri deer season.


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