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News Release: December 6, 2016


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

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Paul Johansen, Wildlife Resources Section Chief 304-558-2771 dnr.wildlife@wv.gov

Deer hunters in West Virginia harvest 45,871 bucks during the 2016 buck firearms season

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 45,871 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season which ran from Nov. 21 through Dec. 3, 2016, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section. 

The 2016 buck harvest is down 25 percent from the 2015 harvest of 60,814. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were:  Preston (1,769), Randolph (1,610), Jackson (1,482), Greenbrier (1,445), Ritchie (1,414), Upshur (1,392), Mason (1,266), Lewis (1,238), Hampshire (1,183) and Wood (1,182).

The buck harvest decreased in all six DNR districts. The buck season harvest was predicted to decrease in the Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook brochure, primarily because of an increased number of acorns in 2016 compared to acorn crop production in 2015. In addition, high winds across much of the state limited deer activity and decreased success rates on the first two days of the season.  

"Hunters continued to use the electronic game checking system established in 2015," Johansen said. "Hunters enjoyed the ease of being able to check deer and other game using the telephone, internet or by stopping at a license agent."

Johansen reminds hunters that several days of deer hunting opportunity still remain for 2016, including the remainder of the muzzleloader season, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 10. The traditional antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land opens Thursday, Dec. 15, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 17. The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open Dec. 26 and 27 in any county with a firearms deer season. This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season Dec. 28-31 in specified counties or portions of counties. See the 2016 - 2017 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov for county and area listings.

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West Virginia Buck Firearms Season Harvest, 2012-2016

County

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Barbour

1177

1109

886

1281

1,094

Brooke

407

389

251

286

267

Hancock

320

273

200

208

206

Harrison

1385

1301

930

1418

1,132

Marion

1089

1130

702

1190

762

Marshall

1309

1051

707

818

726

Monongalia

1297

1107

689

1023

824

Ohio

466

399

232

290

266

Preston

2158

1741

1526

2046

1,769

Taylor

684

635

453

732

579

Tucker

649

527

494

783

726

Wetzel

1471

1537

891

1144

896

Dist. 1 Subtotal

12,412

11,199

7,961

11,219

9,247

Berkeley

767

871

522

908

732

Grant

1250

1135

783

1304

949

Hampshire

1588

1846

1094

1947

1,183

Hardy

1429

1447

920

1709

1,073

Jefferson

526

445

385

499

421

Mineral

1181

1345

835

1335

920

Morgan

602

743

412

678

433

Pendleton

1373

1163

861

1297

1,088

Dist. 2 Subtotal

8,716

8,995

5,812

9,677

6,799

Braxton

1401

1626

921

1660

1,100

Clay

528

475

329

618

388

Lewis

1365

1692

1166

1875

1,238

Nicholas

1212

824

871

1274

1,041

Pocahontas

1152

961

831

1008

920

Randolph

1804

1329

1291

1659

1,610

Upshur

1283

1396

1009

1704

1,392

Webster

817

717

632

1080

941

Dist. 3 Subtotal

9,562

9,020

7,050

10,878

8,630

Fayette

996

835

725

1214

885

Greenbrier

1875

1509

1372

1816

1,445

McDowell

0

0

0

0

0

Mercer

682

536

402

843

633

Monroe

1569

1466

1004

1462

1,092

Raleigh

749

579

506

895

643

Summers

1077

973

657

999

653

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. 4 Subtotal

6,948

5,898

4,666

7,229

5,351

Boone

898

725

519

868

573

Cabell

750

763

421

641

672

Kanawha

1164

1380

730

1547

1,053

Lincoln

1319

1124

720

1312

842

Logan

0

0

0

0

0

Mason

1676

1495

1002

1488

1,266

Mingo

0

0

0

0

0

Putnam

1191

1210

565

1114

987

Wayne

1041

870

528

963

814

Dist. 5 Subtotal

8,039

7,567

4,485

7,933

6,207

Calhoun

770

1164

504

1063

703

Doddridge

950

1243

615

1376

941

Gilmer

911

1427

669

1435

790

Jackson

1630

1917

1107

1870

1,482

Pleasants

371

438

273

492

332

Ritchie

1512

2091

1123

2024

1,414

Roane

1391

1893

927

1846

1,172

Tyler

922

1000

566

1064

850

Wirt

846

1091

681

1152

771

Wood

1403

1580

1011

1556

1,182

Dist. 6 Subtotal

10,706

13,844

7,476

13,878

9,637

State Total

56,383

56,523

37,450

60,814

45,871