- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says in general, hunters seeking deer, moose and bear were slightly less successful this year than last.

The unofficial deer kill for this year was 10,912, down 4 percent from last year but consistent with the 20-year average. Hunters also killed 749 bears this season, which was 5 percent lower than 2014 but 14 percent above the five-year average.

Among those awarded moose permits, 69 percent were successful, down from 72 percent last year. The heaviest moose weighed in at 810 pounds.

In contrast, turkey hunters had a banner year. This year’s total - 705 turkeys - was a nearly 35 percent increase over last year.

More than 59,300 hunting licenses were sold in New Hampshire in 2014, the latest year for which data are available. According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, hunters generate about $61 million in spending each year in New Hampshire.

Final numbers from the 2015 hunting season will be issued in March.

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