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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: January 23, 2014

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief 304-558-2771 DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov


West Virginia Hunters Harvest 150,268 Deer in 2013

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 150,268 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and Youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro. This year's total harvest was 14 percent above the 2012 deer harvest of 132,261.

Antlerless Deer Season

             The 2013 antlerless deer season harvest of 57,350, which includes the Youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, 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.
The top 10 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 Deer 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. "The muzzleloader season harvest appears to have rebounded from the effects of the change in season dates first made in 2012," Jezioro said.

The top 10 counties are: Randolph (322), Braxton (312), Preston (249), Nicholas (247), Lewis (235), Fayette (232), Greenbrier (219), Upshur (212), Mason (209) and Ritchie (208).

Archery Deer 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.

The top 10 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).

**DNR**

2013 WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST

County

Buck Gun

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery

Total

Barbour

1132

1141

155

509

2937

Brooke

389

606

63

271

1329

Hancock

273

473

73

422

1241

Harrison

1297

1601

172

635

3705

Marion

1132

1397

117

524

3170

Marshall

1057

1070

133

370

2630

Monongalia

1107

1394

142

741

3384

Ohio

398

476

40

299

1213

Preston

1757

2335

249

1040

5381

Taylor

636

690

99

255

1680

Tucker

522

434

94

326

1376

Wetzel

1536

1658

161

408

3763

Dist. I Subtotal

11,236

13,275

1,498

5,800

31,809

Berkeley

900

959

76

543

2478

Grant

1158

987

97

363

2605

Hampshire

1662

1598

153

360

3773

Hardy

1456

1395

122

365

3338

Jefferson

448

539

57

345

1389

Mineral

1435

1208

85

370

3098

Morgan

747

768

88

251

1854

Pendleton

1175

722

87

300

2284

Dist. II Subtotal

8,981

8,176

765

2,897

20,819

Braxton

1631

1556

312

558

4057

Clay

530

258

31

282

1101

Lewis

1707

1982

235

481

4405

Nicholas

842

546

247

738

2373

Pocahontas

982

403

125

334

1844

Randolph

1331

1153

322

768

3574

Upshur

1489

1771

212

610

4082

Webster

718

411

194

430

1753

Dist. III Subtotal

9,230

8,080

1,678

4,201

23,189

Fayette

848

442

232

796

2318

Greenbrier

1554

1156

219

632

3561

McDowell

0

0

0

695

695

Mercer

555

412

140

627

1734

Monroe

1490

1698

138

636

3962

Raleigh

589

356

127

875

1947

Summers

991

1126

132

529

2778

Wyoming

0

0

0

953

953

Dist. IV Subtotal

6,027

5,190

988

5,743

17,948

Boone

734

254

169

476

1633

Cabell

778

749

84

425

2036

Kanawha

1383

835

120

1031

3369

Lincoln

1121

964

164

523

2772

Logan

0

0

0

840

840

Mason

1516

2526

209

736

4987

Mingo

0

0

0

488

488

Putnam

1215

1445

153

645

3458

Wayne

983

489

60

385

1917

Dist. V Subtotal

7,730

7,262

959

5,549

21,500

Calhoun

1170

1054

145

332

2701

Doddridge

1229

974

126

268

2597

Gilmer

1400

1234

156

377

3167

Jackson

1931

2523

168

706

5328

Pleasants

452

448

45

102

1047

Ritchie

1913

1990

208

422

4533

Roane

1914

2150

201

615

4880

Tyler

1010

1255

109

297

2671

Wirt

1197

1519

72

393

3181

Wood

1608

2220

198

872

4898

Dist. VI Subtotal

13,824

15,367

1,428

4,384

35,003

State Total

57,028

57,350

7,316

28,574

150,268