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 Deer Hunters in West Virginia Harvest 56,333 Bucks during the 2013 Buck Firearms Season

12/13/2013                 
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 56,333 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7, 2013, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The 2013 buck harvest was slightly higher than the 2012 harvest of 56,276. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were as follows: Jackson (1,914), Ritchie (1,909), Roane (1,878), Preston (1,753), Lewis (1,685), Hampshire (1,637), Braxton (1,623), Wood (1,599), Wetzel (1,534), and Greenbrier (1,529).

This year’s overall buck harvest is essentially the same as last year’s, but varied considerably by region, with decreases occurring in four DNR districts offset by increases in harvest in two DNR districts. The largest percent increases occurred in the western counties of the state while the buck harvest in the mountain and northern panhandle counties decreased. Inclement weather, especially Tuesday, the second day of the season, may have impacted hunter participation and contributed to the decrease harvest in these counties. The harvest was 27th among all recorded antlered buck firearm seasons. This year’s preliminary buck harvest remains 3 percent below the previous 5-year average of 58,049.

Wildlife biologists and wildlife managers collected age-specific biological information at checking stations in 23 counties this year and will analyze data from the combined 2013 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 17 and 18, 2014, (see current 2013 - 2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, Page 5, or visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov for scheduled times and places).

Director Jezioro reminds hunters that several days of deer hunting opportunity still remain for 2013. The traditional antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land opens Thursday, Dec. 19 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 21. The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season (antlerless deer only) will be open Thursday and Friday, Dec. 26 and 27, in any county with a firearms deer season, and will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season Dec. 28, 30 and 31 in 51 counties or portions of counties (see 2013 - 2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov for county and area listings).

 

West Virginia Antlered Deer Gun Harvest, 2009-2013

County

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Barbour

1307

875

1372

1177

1130

Brooke

377

337

413

405

386

Hancock

339

299

324

320

273

Harrison

1730

1053

1494

1385

1279

Marion

1183

764

1249

1089

1129

Marshall

1321

1087

1407

1294

1034

Monongalia

1536

1116

1508

1297

1107

Ohio

412

412

467

446

387

Preston

2122

2034

2224

2121

1753

Taylor

727

494

768

684

630

Tucker

874

743

738

640

512

Wetzel

1474

958

1615

1471

1534

Dist. I Subtotal

13,402

10,172

13,579

12,329

11,154

Berkeley

651

661

835

767

891

Grant

1228

959

1266

1249

1152

Hampshire

1634

1271

1676

1588

1637

Hardy

1601

1315

1589

1429

1426

Jefferson

461

482

447

526

443

Mineral

1158

947

1286

1181

1414

Morgan

573

457

601

602

747

Pendleton

1257

893

1391

1373

1174

Dist. II Subtotal

8,563

6,985

9,091

8,715

8,884

Braxton

1891

986

1468

1401

1623

Clay

552

353

519

528

490

Lewis

2227

1130

1586

1365

1685

Nicholas

1176

846

1279

1212

839

Pocahontas

1346

1100

1106

1152

976

Randolph

1930

1858

2032

1804

1328

Upshur

1383

1088

1612

1283

1483

Webster

901

807

1063

817

718

Dist. III Subtotal

11,406

8,168

10,665

9,562

9,142

Fayette

896

742

1005

992

845

Greenbrier

1976

1367

1783

1875

1529

McDowell

0

0

0

0

0

Mercer

604

362

647

682

534

Monroe

1569

1002

1364

1567

1307

Raleigh

706

446

739

736

588

Summers

931

536

865

1075

985

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. IV Subtotal

6,682

4,455

6,403

6,927

5,788

Boone

628

471

653

898

712

Cabell

695

464

705

750

750

Kanawha

1257

896

1275

1164

1370

Lincoln

860

747

1146

1319

1112

Logan

0

0

0

0

0

Mason

2099

1298

1944

1676

1515

Mingo

0

0

0

0

0

Putnam

1065

794

1170

1191

1205

Wayne

880

570

894

1041

981

Dist. V Subtotal

7,484

5,240

7,787

8,039

7,645

Calhoun

1124

570

962

770

1163

Doddridge

1416

767

1000

950

1199

Gilmer

1398

701

1029

911

1399

Jackson

2504

1225

1962

1628

1914

Pleasants

531

332

512

371

452

Ritchie

2010

1195

1701

1512

1909

Roane

2112

1049

1694

1391

1878

Tyler

1210

833

1189

922

1010

Wirt

1265

659

944

846

1197

Wood

1879

1110

1639

1403

1599

Dist. VI Subtotal

15,449

8,441

12,632

10,704

13,720

State Total

62,986

43,461

60,157

56,276

56,333

 

 


Contact Information

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