Nova Scotia Deer Harvest Information

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total Reported Harvest

7,785

8,337

9,109

9,808

10,255

Total Antlered Deer Harvested

5,551

6,523

6,812

7,214

7,797

Total Antlerless Deer Harvested

2,234

1,806

2,287

2,490

2,328

Total License Sales

38,875

45,836

47,201

46,990

45,458

General Deer Hunter Success (%)

18.8

16.5

17.9

20.9

20.9

Archery & Muzzleloader Stamps Issued

9,472

10,748

12,351

13,493

13,442

Harvest Under Archery & Muzzleloader Stamp

2,233

2,549

2,845

3,504

3,329

Archery and Muzzleloader Hunter Success

23.6

23.7

23.0

26.0

24.8

Non-Resident Licenses

443

417

467

439

491

Fetuses per 100 Adult Does (> 2.5 years)

164

143

146

123

113

Mean Yearling Antler Beam Dimeter (mm)

18.8

19.5

19.7

19.5

17.9

Herd Nutritionally Stressed (%) **

7.2

10.4

4.2

3.4

7.8

** 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

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

101

1,082 (244)

1,299 (234)

1,381 (330)

1,457 (320)

1,580 (372)

102

435 (377)

505 (225)

553 (359)

531 (317)

484 (254)

103

762 (253)

819 (208)

856 (242)

874 (300)

935 (249)

104

215 (55)

244 (24)

296 (60)

365 (77)

419 (52)

105

230 (163)

281 (108)

319 (152)

354 (175)

360 (161)

106

485 (70)

533 (37)

467 (70)

408 (78)

420 (68)

107

1,028 (605)

1,164 (772)

1,311 (612)

1,290 (728)

1,478 (702)

108

243 (84)

339 (52)

342 (53)

351 (73)

464 (54)

109

506 (337)

616 (144)

621 (357)

676 (366)

791 (344)

110

294 (46)

353 (0)

287 (48)

312 (44)

322 (67)

111

255 (0)

309 (0)

323 (0)

498 (0)

465 (0)

112

16 (0)

27 (0)

31 (0)

62 (0)

45 (0)

Total

5,551 (2,234)

6,523 (1,806)

6,787 (2,283)

7,178 (2,478)

7,763 (2,323)

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 March 15th, 2020.