Nova Scotia Deer Harvest Information

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

Total Reported Harvest

9,109 9,808 10,255 11,158 10,155

Total Antlered Deer Harvested

6,812 7,214 7,797 8,187 7,323

Total Antlerless Deer Harvested

2,287 2,490 2,328 2,980 2,559

Total License Sales

47,201 46,990 45,458 30,954 48,040

General Deer Hunter Success (%)

17.9 20.9 20.9 36.0 18.6

Archery & Muzzleloader Stamps Issued

12,351 13,493 13,442 8,918 14,762

Harvest Under Archery & Muzzleloader Stamp

2,845 3,504 3,329 4,070 3,629

Archery and Muzzleloader Hunter Success

23 26 24.8 45.6 24.5

Non-Resident Licenses

467 439 491 178 236

Fetuses per 100 Adult Does (> 2.5 years)

121 108 106 107 101

Mean Yearling Antler Beam Dimeter (mm)

19.7 19.5 17.9 19.6 19.1

Herd Nutritionally Stressed (%) **

1.3 8.0 20.9 8.8 9.4

** 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

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

 

2021

101

1,381 (330)

1,457 (320)

1,580 (372)

1,629 (460)

1,421 (616)

102

553 (359)

531 (317)

484 (254)

552 (332)

628 (251)

103

856 (242)

874 (300)

935 (249)

1,064 (369)

1,071 (279)

104

296 (60)

365 (77)

419 (52)

358 (89)

346 (82)

105

319 (152)

354 (175)

360 (161)

466 (203)

373 (153)

106

467 (70)

408 (78)

420 (68)

462 (94)

443 (127)

107

1,311 (612)

1,290 (728)

1,478 (702)

1,640 (762)

1,333 (573)

108

342 (53)

351 (73)

464 (54)

412 (72)

362 (121)

109

621 (357)

676 (366)

791 (344)

758 (421)

620 (262)

110

287 (48)

312 (44)

322 (67)

279 (65)

302 (83)

111

323 (0)

498 (0)

465 (0)

433 (0)

374 (8)

112

31 (0)

62 (0)

45 (0)

46 (0)

37 (4)

*Total

6,787 (2,283)

7,178 (2,478)

7,763 (2,323)

8,149 (2,867)

7,310 (2,559)

*Totals do not equal Total Deer Harvest reported because of unknown sexes.

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.

All results are based on records submitted before May 15th, 2022.