Nova Scotia Deer Harvest Information

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Total Reported Harvest

8,337 9,109 9,808 10,255 10,182

Total Antlered Deer Harvested

6,523 6,812 7,214 7,797 7,444

Total Antlerless Deer Harvested

1,806 2,287 2,490 2,328 2,734

Total License Sales

45,836 47,201 46,990 45,458 30,954

General Deer Hunter Success (%)

16.5 17.9 20.9 20.9 26.3

Archery & Muzzleloader Stamps Issued

10,748 12,351 13,493 13,442 8,918

Harvest Under Archery & Muzzleloader Stamp

2,549 2,845 3,504 3,329 3,747

Archery and Muzzleloader Hunter Success

23.7 23 26 24.8 42

Non-Resident Licenses

417 467 439 491 178

Fetuses per 100 Adult Does (> 2.5 years)

143 146 123 113 100

Mean Yearling Antler Beam Dimeter (mm)

19.5 19.7 19.5 17.9 19.6

Herd Nutritionally Stressed (%) **

10.4 4.2 3.4 7.8 17.2

** Determined by assessing bone marrow fat content.

REMINDER: It is MANDATORY to report on your hunting license, regardless of success. The Department of Natural Resources relies on harvest reporting data for important management decisions, and so efforts to improve this reporting compliance level will be made over the coming hunting seasons.

Deer Harvest Information by zone. Shows buck killed and (antlerless killed)

Deer management
zones

 

2016

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

101

1,299 (234)

1,381 (330)

1,457 (320)

1,580 (372)

1,461 (413)

102

505 (225)

553 (359)

531 (317)

484 (254)

470 (294)

103

819 (208)

856 (242)

874 (300)

935 (249)

953 (329)

104

244 (24)

296 (60)

365 (77)

419 (52)

358 (82)

105

281 (108)

319 (152)

354 (175)

360 (161)

359 (175)

106

533 (37)

467 (70)

408 (78)

420 (68)

458 (93)

107

1,164 (772)

1,311 (612)

1,290 (728)

1,478 (702)

1,469 (682)

108

339 (52)

342 (53)

351 (73)

464 (54)

403 (69)

109

616 (144)

621 (357)

676 (366)

791 (344)

744 (414)

110

353 (0)

287 (48)

312 (44)

322 (67)

278 (65)

111

309 (0)

323 (0)

498 (0)

465 (0)

422 (0)

112

27 (0)

31 (0)

62 (0)

45 (0)

44 (0)

Total

6,523 (1,806)

6,787 (2,283)

7,178 (2,478)

7,763 (2,323)

7,420 (2,616)

Deer hunting zones

For more information on deer hunting zones and season information please visit https://novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/

Age Distribution of Harvested Deer

Harvest effort

Harvest effort was calculated using the total number of hours hunters reported hunting with each weapon type and then dividing this sum by the total number of deer killed using each weapon type. To improve the accuracy of this measure, all hunters should report all hours they spent hunting, even when they are not successful.

These results are based on records submitted before March 15th, 2020.