Cumberland Times-News

Outdoors

July 13, 2013

W.Va. to allow two deer daily in all seasons

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new regulation in effect for the upcoming seasons will allow hunters in West Virginia to kill two deer in the same day.

The regulation applies to all seasons; archery, muzzleloader and modern firearm, but there is a caveat. Only one of the deer may be a buck.

“As long as you have the proper licenses, you can take two does in one day or you can take a buck and a doe in the same day,” said Chris Ryan of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Season bag limits apply as well.

An important part of the new regulation is that the hunter does not have to check in the first deer before killing the second.

“We received overwhelming support for this regulation from hunters,” said Paul Johansen of the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section.

“A lot of guys hunt Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in buck season,” Ryan said. “Some of them want to take a doe, but hold off hoping to see a buck later in the day.

“Now, the hunter can get a doe at 8 a.m and continue to hunt for a buck without having to check in the doe first.”

Ryan anticipates that bowhunters will benefit, especially those who get to hunt only on Saturdays.

Gary Foster, the biologist who oversees deer management strategies, said the antlerless harvest is likely to rise because of the new regulation.

Foster said, though, that increased doe harvest will have a positive impact because many counties continue to have deer populations above the DNR’s desired levels.

The new regulation applies statewide.

Contact Outdoor Editor Mike Sawyers at msawyers@times-news.com.

1
Text Only
Outdoors
  • Big Fish

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has recognized anglers who reside within the circulation area of the Cumberland Times-News for catching trophy rainbow trout.

    April 12, 2014

  • Sharpshooters whack more deer in park

    THURMONT, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service says government  sharpshooters killed 156 white-tailed deer in the fifth year of a herdreduction
    program at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont.

    April 12, 2014

  • Club meeting today at 3 p.m.

    WESTERNPORT — The Upper Potomac Rod and Gun Club will meet Sunday
    at 3 p.m. at the Westernport American Legion, according to Gordon Green, 301-
    359-0143.

    April 12, 2014

  • Political effort fails to stop Nebraska mountain lion hunts

    LINCOLN, Neb. — Recently, the Nebraska Senate failed to override the  governor’s veto of LB 671—the mountain lion hunting ban. Pushed by Senator Ernie Chambers, the motion which needed 30 votes to pass only garnered 24 yes votes.

    April 12, 2014

  • Turkey calling contest scheduled

    KEYSER, W.Va. — The Outdoor Club at Potomac State College of West Virginia
    University will sponsor a wild turkey calling contest Tuesday in the Davis Conference Center.

    April 12, 2014

  • Another Pa. deer has CWD

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Jefferson County deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, marking the seventh case in a captive or wild deer since 2012.

    April 12, 2014

  • Bear Watch

    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is advising Western Maryland residents to take measures to avoid unwelcome visits from hungry black bears.
    The agency said recently that bears are leaving their winter dens and  searching for food.

    April 12, 2014

  • Deer birth control program falls short in New York town

    HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — Heavy snow and red tape resulted in a disappointingly slow start for a pioneering program in a New York suburb to use birth control as a no-kill way to thin the numbers of deer.

    April 12, 2014

  • Big bucks How many deer on Green Ridge?

    A study completed in 2013 by a master’s degree candidate at the University of Delaware showed that there are 20 to 30 deer per square mile on the Green Ridge State Forest, including some pretty darn nice bucks.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Black bear biologist explains new hunt

    The Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service has abandoned the bear harvest quota system in use for 10 hunting seasons and has set the next two hunts at four days apiece.

    April 5, 2014

Facebook