Michael A. Sawyers
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.
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