Cumberland Times-News

Outdoors

January 19, 2014

West Virginia total deer kill climbs 14 percent

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia

hunters harvested 150,268 white-tailed deer during

the various 2013 seasons, according to Division of

Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro. This

year’s bag was 14 percent above the 2012 count of

132,261.

Antlerless Season

The 2013 antlerless deer season harvest of 57,350

was 28 percent above 2012 and 24 percent above the

five-year average of 46,105.

“It is important to note that the antlerless harvest

is the key component to any deer management

strategy, as it controls the future deer population,”

said Jezioro.

Antlerless hunting seasons were liberalized in

many counties in 2013, with all or portions of 51 of

the 55 counties open to antlerless firearms season.

Hunters could harvest one to three antlerless deer,

depending on the county. “This increase in hunting

opportunity led to an increase in the harvest,”

Jezioro said.

Top counties are: Mason (2,526), Jackson (2,523),

Preston (2,335), Wood (2,220), Roane (2,150), Ritchie

(1,990), Lewis (1,982), Upshur (1,771), Monroe (1,698)

and Wetzel (1,658).

Muzzleloader Season

The 2013 muzzleloader harvest of 7,316 was 37

percent more than the 2012 harvest of 5,345, but was

2.5 percent below the five-year average of 7,507.

Top counties are: Randolph (322), Braxton (312),

Preston (249), Nicholas (247), Lewis (235), Fayette

(232), Greenbrier (219), Upshur (212), Mason (209)

and Ritchie (208).

Archery Season

The bow hunters take of 28,574 deer was 11 percent

above the 2012 harvest of 25,714, and 6 percent

above the five-year average harvest of 26,994.

Archery harvests are correlated to hard mast crops

and the below-average acorn crop was a significant

factor for the higher harvest in 2013.

Top counties are: Preston (1,040), Kanawha

(1,031), Wyoming (953), Raleigh (875), Wood (872),

Logan (840), Fayette (796), Randolph (768), Monongalia

(741), and Nicholas (738).

Harvests for area counties include:

• Buck gun — Grant 1,158, Hampshire 1,662,

Hardy 1,456, Mineral 1,435, Morgan 747, Pendleton

1,175.

• Antlerless — Grant 987, Hampshire 1,598, Hardy

1,395, Mineral 1,208, Morgan 768, Pendleton 722.

• Muzzleloader — Grant 97, Hampshire 153,

Hardy 122, Mineral 85, Morgan 88, Pendleton 87.

• Archery — Grant 363, Hampshire 360, Hardy

365, Mineral 370, Morgan 251, Pendleton 300.

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