Cumberland Times-News

January 19, 2013

131,444 W.Va. deer killed


Cumberland Times-News

— SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia hunters harvested 131,444 white-tailed deer during various 2012 seasons, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro.

This year’s harvest was 3 percent below the 2011 deer harvest of 135,696.

There were 56,658 bucks, 45,169 antlerless season deer, 24,571 bow-killed deer and 5,046 muzzleloader season deer taken in 2012.

Antlerless season

The 2012 antlerless deer season was 12 percent above 2011 and 1.5 percent below the five-year average of 45,845.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (2,343), Mason (2,026), Jackson (1,759), Wood (1,608), Lewis (1,575), Upshur (1,569), Harrison (1,511), Ritchie (1,391), Monongalia (1,340) and Randolph (1,325).

Muzzleloader season

The muzzleloader harvest of 5,046 was 36 percent less than the 2011 harvest of 7,873 and was 37 percent below the five-year average of 7,969.

“A change in season dates and an above-average acorn crop contributed to the decline in the muzzleloader harvest,” Jezioro said.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (237), Randolph (230), Nicholas (219), Braxton (216), Webster (203), Jackson (173), Fayette (170), Upshur (160), Lewis (157) and Mason (147).

Archery season

The bow hunters take of 24,571 deer was 10 percent below the 2011 harvest of 27,404, 10 percent below the five-year average harvest of 27,339.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,089), Kanawha (863), Raleigh (796), Randolph (791), Monongalia (769), Wyoming (765), Logan (739), Greenbrier (727), Fayette (707) and Nicholas (693).