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W.Va. buck firearms season harvest up 18 percent in 2022


The buck firearms season harvest in West Virginia was up 18 percent in 2022 compared to 2021, thanks to the weather and food availability, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The division reports that hunters harvested 49,662 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, from Nov. 21 to Dec 4. During last year’s buck firearms season, hunters harvested 42,143, said Paul Johansen, chief of the division's Wildlife Resources section.

“We were expecting harvest numbers for the buck firearms season to be comparable to last year," Johansen said, "but mast conditions and weather favored hunters this year, and we’re thrilled that hunters all over the state were able to have a successful season.”

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