Nova Scotia Deer Harvest Information

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total Reported Harvest

10,453

7,785

8,337

9,109

9,808

Total Antlered Deer Harvested

7,381

5,551

6,523

6,812

7,214

Total Antlerless Deer Harvested

3,062

2,234

1,806

2,287

2,490

Total License Sales

40,686

38,875

45,836

47,201

46,990

General Deer Hunter Success (%)

22.8

18.8

16.5

17.9

20.9

Archery & Muzzleloader Stamps Issued

6,354

9,472

10,748

12,351

13,493

Harvest Under Archery & Muzzleloader Stamp

2,613

2,233

2,549

2,845

3,504

Archery and Muzzleloader Hunter Success

41.1

23.6

23.7

23.0

26.0

Non-Resident Licenses

423

443

417

467

439

Fetuses per 100 Adult Does (> 2.5 years)

160

164

143

146

123

Mean Yearling Antler Beam Dimeter (mm)

21

18.8

19.5

19.7

19.5

Herd Nutritionally Stressed (%) **

49

7.2

10.4

4.2

3.4

** 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

2014

2015

 

2016

 

2017

 

2018

101

1,379 (335)

1,082 (244)

1,299 (234)

1,381 (330)

1,457 (320)

102

603 (434)

435 (377)

505 (225)

553 (359)

531 (317)

103

1,018 (460)

762 (253)

819 (208)

856 (242)

874 (300)

104

373 (116)

215 (55)

244 (24)

296 (60)

365 (77)

105

372 (232)

230 (163)

281 (108)

319 (152)

354 (175)

106

595 (78)

485 (70)

533 (37)

467 (70)

408 (78)

107

1,284 (706)

1,028 (605)

1,164 (772)

1,311 (612)

1,290 (728)

108

456 (290)

243 (84)

339 (52)

342 (53)

351 (73)

109

779 (536)

506 (337)

616 (144)

621 (357)

676 (366)

110

406 (65)

294 (46)

353 (0)

287 (48)

312 (44)

111

361 (0)

255 (0)

309 (0)

323 (0)

498 (0)

112

29 (0)

16 (0)

27 (0)

31 (0)

62 (0)

Total

7,655 (3,252)

5,551 (2,234)

6,523 (1,806)

6,787 (2,283)

7,178 (2,478)

Deer hunting zones

Age Distribution of Harvested Deer


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

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 May 1, 2019.