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Coos County Sheriff Gerald Marcou with his 5 point, 150 lb. deer



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Courtesy photo Coos County Sheriff Gerald Marcou with his 5 point, 150 lb. deer Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
December 08, 2011
MILAN – Deer hunting Season may be on par with last year, but hunters say it's taking longer. "It's very difficult without snow" said Gerald Marcou, who is Coos County's High Sheriff. He's been out often and has seen a few small deer, but he didn't get one until Friday morning. Marcou shot 5 point, 150 pound on the back side of Sugar Mountain near Jericho Lake. It wasn't anywhere near as big as his last year 's take –an 11 point, 200 pound deer.

As of mid November, Fish and Game says hunters had taken an estimated 6,653 deer in New Hampshire, very similar to the 6,729 registered at this point in the 2010 season. A closer look at Coos County's deer harvest numbers show a big drop this year. At similar points in the hunt, this year is the lowest with only 247 since November 13. There were 349 at this point last year, 405 in 2010 and 553 in 2009. These numbers reflect where deer were registered not necessarily where they were shot. The deer hunting season end early this week.

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