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
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,”
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,”
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).
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).
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
• 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.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia
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