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News Release: December 5, 2017


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Hunters harvest 44,455 bucks in West Virginia during 2017 firearms season

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Preliminary data collected from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,455 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from Nov. 20 through Dec. 2. 

This year’s harvest is close to the 46,071 bucks collected in 2016. The buck harvest increased in the Eastern Panhandle (DNR District 2) and in southeastern West Virginia (DNR District 4). It decreased slightly in the other four districts. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were: Preston (1,959), Randolph (1,647), Greenbrier (1,631), Hampshire (1,394), Ritchie (1,347), Monroe (1,302), Braxton (1,243), Lewis (1,216), Hardy (1,201) and Grant (1,198).

“Good weather across much of the state for the entire season allowed hunters to enjoy a productive season,” said Wildlife Resources Section Chief Paul Johansen. “I am pleased that a lot of hunters were able to get out and enjoy West Virginia’s incredible natural resources.”

There are still several days of deer hunting left in 2017, including the remainder of the muzzleloader season, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 9. The traditional antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land opens Thursday, Dec. 14, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 16.

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. For county and area listings, see the 2017–2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov.

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West Virginia Buck Firearms Season Harvest 2013-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

County

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Barbour

1,109

886

1,281

1,098

988

Brooke

389

251

286

268

177

Hancock

273

200

208

209

170

Harrison

1,301

930

1,418

1,138

1,019

Marion

1,130

702

1,190

765

740

Marshall

1,051

707

818

727

625

Monongalia

1,107

689

1,023

827

830

Ohio

399

232

290

270

182

Preston

1,741

1,526

2,046

1,774

1,959

Taylor

635

453

732

581

491

Tucker

527

494

783

730

825

Wetzel

1,537

891

1,144

899

827

Dist. 1 Subtotal

11,199

7,961

11,219

9,286

8,833

Berkeley

871

522

908

737

761

Grant

1,135

783

1,304

954

1,198

Hampshire

1,846

1,094

1,947

1,197

1,394

Hardy

1,447

920

1,709

1,076

1,201

Jefferson

445

385

499

422

433

Mineral

1,345

835

1,335

922

1,015

Morgan

743

412

678

437

505

Pendleton

1,163

861

1,297

1,088

1,026

Dist. 2 Subtotal

8,995

5,812

9,677

6,833

7,533

Braxton

1,626

921

1,660

1,102

1,243

Clay

475

329

618

390

484

Lewis

1,692

1,166

1,875

1,246

1,216

Nicholas

824

871

1,274

1,044

992

Pocahontas

961

831

1,008

921

1,047

Randolph

1,329

1,291

1,659

1,617

1,647

Upshur

1,396

1,009

1,704

1,399

1,036

Webster

717

632

1,080

941

776

Dist. 3 Subtotal

9,020

7,050

10,878

8,660

8,441

Fayette

835

725

1,214

889

933

Greenbrier

1,509

1,372

1,816

1,447

1,631

McDowell

0

0

0

0

0

Mercer

536

402

843

636

605

Monroe

1,466

1,004

1,462

1,099

1,302

Raleigh

579

506

895

648

602

Summers

973

657

999

657

813

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. 4 Subtotal

5,898

4,666

7,229

5,376

5,886

Boone

725

519

868

573

682

Cabell

763

421

641

677

404

Kanawha

1,380

730

1,547

1,058

1,059

Lincoln

1,124

720

1,312

846

572

Logan

0

0

0

0

0

Mason

1,495

1,002

1,488

1,267

881

Mingo

0

0

0

0

0

Putnam

1,210

565

1,114

992

633

Wayne

870

528

963

815

452

Dist. 5 Subtotal

7,567

4,485

7,933

6,228

4,683

Calhoun

1,164

504

1,063

705

743

Doddridge

1,243

615

1,376

946

948

Gilmer

1,427

669

1,435

791

880

Jackson

1,917

1,107

1,870

1,487

1,099

Pleasants

438

273

492

334

321

Ritchie

2,091

1,123

2,024

1,422

1,347

Roane

1,893

927

1,846

1,178

1,191

Tyler

1,000

566

1,064

855

818

Wirt

1,091

681

1,152

777

745

Wood

1,580

1,011

1,556

1,193

987

Dist. 6 Subtotal

13,844

7,476

13,878

9,688

9,079

State Total

56,523

37,450

60,814

46,071

44,455