Deer Hunters In West Virginia Harvest 59,835 Bucks

Deer Hunters In West Virginia Harvest 59,835 Bucks During The Buck Firearms Season

West Virginia DNR
West Virginia DNR

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – -(Ammoland.com)- Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 59,835 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from November 21 through December 3, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

The 2011 buck harvest was 38 percent more than the 2010 harvest of 43,461. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were as follows: Preston (2,162), Randolph (2,039), Jackson (1,960), Mason (1,931), Greenbrier (1,803), Roane (1,743), Wood (1,703), Hampshire (1,661), Upshur (1,596) and Hardy (1,574).

This year’s buck harvest is significantly higher than last year, with increases occurring across all DNR districts. The largest percentage increases occurred in the western and southern counties. This year’s preliminary buck harvest remains 3 percent below the previous five-year average of 61,428.

Wildlife biologists and wildlife managers collected age-specific biological information at checking stations in 12 counties this year. Preliminary analysis indicates antler development was good and many hunters harvested older-aged bucks. Other contributing factors such as the exceptional acorn crop in the fall of 2010 and deer densities more in balance with the habitat in many areas combined to make this year’s deer season successful for many hunters.

“White-tailed deer are a product of the environment,” Jezioro said. “Too many deer on a given tract of land will result in loss of body weight, reduction in antler development, decrease in reproduction and sometimes death due to starvation during winter months. Hunters and landowners must continually assess their expectations of the proper number of deer sightings versus the visible impacts deer have on vegetation. We need help managing the state’s deer herd by participating and encouraging antlerless deer harvests where needed to benefit not only the deer herd, but all wildlife dependent on our state’s woodland habitat.”

Wildlife Biologists will analyze data from the combined 2011 deer seasons (i.e., buck, antlerless, archery and muzzleloader) before making appropriate recommendations for next year’s deer seasons. These recommendations will be available for public review at 12 regulations meetings scheduled for March 12 and 13, 2012 (see current 2011 – 2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary page 5 or visit the WVDNR website at www.wvdnr.gov for scheduled times and places).

Director Jezioro reminds hunters that the traditional six-day antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land ends Saturday, December 10. Muzzleloader deer season begins December 12 and runs through December 17. The Youth and Class Q/QQ antlerless deer season will be open on Monday and Tuesday, December 26 and 27 in any county with a firearms deer season, and will be followed by a four-day reopening of antlerless deer season (December 28 – 31) in 42 counties or portions of counties (see 2011 – 2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or visit the DNR Web site at www.wvdnr.gov for county and area listings).

West Virginia Deer Firearm Season Buck Harvest, 2007-2011

County

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Barbour

1380

1413

1307

875

1367

Brooke

386

427

377

337

417

Hancock

361

357

339

299

324

Harrison

1508

1680

1730

1053

1509

Marion

1114

1489

1183

764

1267

Marshall

1126

1339

1321

1087

1370

Monongalia

1474

1927

1536

1116

1518

Ohio

438

485

412

412

479

Preston

2309

2618

2122

2034

2162

Taylor

724

808

727

494

769

Tucker

974

951

874

743

726

Wetzel

1767

2210

1474

958

1524

Dist. I Subtotal

13,561

15,704

13,402

10,172

13,432

Berkeley

973

855

651

661

828

Grant

1733

1531

1228

959

1255

Hampshire

2223

2153

1634

1271

1661

Hardy

2111

2046

1601

1315

1574

Jefferson

657

605

461

482

438

Mineral

1420

1383

1158

947

1264

Morgan

953

806

573

457

617

Pendleton

1698

1416

1257

893

1423

Dist. II Subtotal

11,768

10,795

8,563

6,985

9,060

Braxton

2005

1731

1891

986

1463

Clay

551

540

552

353

515

Lewis

1952

2027

2227

1130

1572

Nicholas

1216

1082

1176

846

1268

Pocahontas

1277

1223

1346

1100

1111

Randolph

1968

2126

1930

1858

2039

Upshur

1517

1536

1383

1088

1596

Webster

929

887

901

807

1061

Dist. III Subtotal

11,415

11,152

11,406

8,168

10,625

Fayette

1101

905

896

742

991

Greenbrier

2204

1925

1976

1367

1803

McDowell

0

0

0

0

0

Mercer

820

537

604

362

669

Monroe

2150

1431

1569

1002

1373

Raleigh

842

577

706

446

752

Summers

1282

932

931

536

861

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. IV Subtotal

8,399

6,307

6,682

4,455

6,449

Boone

676

577

628

471

640

Cabell

947

787

695

464

708

Kanawha

1395

1259

1257

896

1279

Lincoln

1126

983

860

747

1028

Logan

0

0

0

0

0

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