West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

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 West Virginia Hunters Harvest 132,323 Deer in 2011

1/10/2012
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 132,323 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro. This year’s total harvest was 24 percent above the 2010 deer harvest of 106,499. A total of 60,516 bucks, 38,381 antlerless season deer, 26,136 bow-killed deer and 7,290 muzzleloader season deer were taken during the 2011 seasons. The top ten counties for total deer harvest are: Preston (5,712), Mason (5,181), Jackson (4,782), Wood (4,173), Upshur (3,883), Lewis (3,815), Monongalia (3,785), Randolph (3,783), Braxton (3,701) and Roane (3,607).

Antlerless Deer Season
The 2011 antlerless deer season, which includes the youth/Class Q deer seasons, was 11 percent above 2010 and 16 percent below the five-year average of 45,656. “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. The top 10 counties are: Mason (2,125), Preston (1,958), Jackson (1,776), Wood (1,513), Lewis (1,501), Braxton (1,371), Upshur (1,321), Harrison (1,317), Monongalia (1,253) and Ritchie (1,176).

Muzzleloader Deer Season
The 2011 muzzleloader harvest of 7,290 was 13 percent more than the 2010 harvest of 6,476, six percent below the five-year average of 7,772. The top ten counties are: Jackson (358), Braxton (345), Mason (320), Lewis (293), Preston (288), Wood (246), Randolph (238), Monongalia (232), Upshur (227) and Harrison (223).

Archery Deer Season
The bow hunters take of 26,136 deer was 19 percent above the 2010 harvest of 21,962, three percent below the five-year average harvest of 26,919. The top ten counties are: Preston (1,207), Kanawha (878), Nicholas (874), Raleigh (807), Fayette (802), Monongalia (782), Wyoming (771), Mason (750), Upshur (733), and Greenbrier (732).

2011 WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST

County

Buck Gun

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery

Total

Barbour

1384

1017

185

506

3092

Brooke

417

378

72

253

1120

Hancock

324

393

97

373

1187

Harrison

1510

1317

223

524

3574

Marion

1279

965

158

512

2914

Marshall

1407

1068

202

387

3064

Monongalia

1518

1253

232

782

3785

Ohio

479

358

63

247

1147

Preston

2259

1958

288

1207

5712

Taylor

769

715

121

276

1881

Tucker

750

396

148

406

1700

Wetzel

1556

915

183

313

2967

Dist. I Subtotal

13652

10733

1972

5786

32143

Berkeley

830

667

141

430

2068

Grant

1290

585

136

414

2425

Hampshire

1716

1021

188

228

3153

Hardy

1604

618

114

323

2659

Jefferson

439

442

74

353

1308

Mineral

1314

821

143

344

2622

Morgan

617

358

67

161

1203

Pendleton

1424

584

132

331

2471

Dist. II Subtotal

9234

5096

995

2584

17909

Braxton

1467

1371

345

518

3701

Clay

518

47

7

241

813

Lewis

1589

1501

293

432

3815

Nicholas

1272

364

38

874

2548

Pocahontas

1113

539

111

385

2148

Randolph

2044

814

238

687

3783

Upshur

1602

1321

227

733

3883

Webster

1068

246

24

706

2044

Dist. III Subtotal

10673

6203

1283

4576

22735

Fayette

993

186

32

802

2013

Greenbrier

1812

739

173

732

3456

McDowell

0

0

0

463

463

Mercer

676

53

35

574

1338

Monroe

1376

804

168

456

2804

Raleigh

752

189

20

807

1768

Summers

863

119

39

487

1508

Wyoming

0

0

0

771

771

Dist. IV Subtotal

6472

2090

467

5092

14121

Boone

654

62

23

312

1051

Cabell

714

381

74

351

1520

Kanawha

1285

667

171

878

3001

Lincoln

1051

125

52

561

1789

Logan

0

0

0

581

581

Mason

1986

2125

320

750

5181

Mingo

0

0

0

283

283

Putnam

1193

720

156

541

2610

Wayne

915

278

53

294

1540

Dist. V Subtotal

7798

4358

849

4551

17556

Calhoun

986

643

100

239

1968

Doddridge

1049

758

119

180

2106

Gilmer

1033

715

181

273

2202

Jackson

2008

1776

358

640

4782

Pleasants

558

280

61

122

1021

Ritchie

1401

1176

171

437

3185

Roane

1751

1176

217

463

3607

Tyler

1221

1075

149

189

2634

Wirt

951

789

122

319

2181

Wood

1729

1513

246

685

4173

Dist. VI Subtotal

12687

9901

1724

3547

27859

State Total

60516

38381

7290

26136

132323

Contact Information

Paul Johansen, Wildlife Resources Section
304-558-2771
DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov