Deer hunters in West Virginia harvest 43,226 bucks during the buck firearm season

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Deer hunters in West Virginia harvest 43,226 bucks during the buck firearm season

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 43,226 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from Nov. 22 through Dec. 4, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).  The 2010 buck harvest was 31 percent less than the 2009 harvest of 62,986.  The top ten counties for buck harvest were as follows:  Preston (2,030), Randolph (1,817), Hardy (1,350), Greenbrier (1,348), Mason (1,264), Hampshire (1,261), Ritchie (1,236), Jackson (1,216), Lewis (1,141) and Wood (1,113).

    This year’s buck harvest is significantly lower than last year, with declines occurring across all DNR Districts. The largest percent decreases occurred in the western and central counties of the state. The harvest was 30th among all recorded antlered buck firearm seasons. Overall, 14 counties were above or within one buck harvested per square of the harvest objective and 37 counties were one or more bucks per square mile below the harvest objective.

    White-tailed deer are a product of the environment. 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. The cumulative effects of too many deer over time causes a decline in herd condition, which actually reduces the deer herd’s resiliency to years of poor mast conditions and harsh winter weather. The below-average acorn crops in 2008 and 2009 (acorn mast in 2009 was the lowest in 40 years) and last year’s unusually severe winter had a significant impact on the deer population and the overall 2010 buck firearms season harvest.  Fortunately, 2010 has been a banner year for mast and overall, deer are in good physical condition entering the winter months.

    Wildlife Biologists will analyze data from the combined 2010 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 14 and 15, 2011 (see current 2010 - 2011 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 the traditional six-day antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land ends Saturday, December 11.  Muzzleloader deer season begins Dec. 13 and runs through Dec.r 18. The Youth and Class Q/QQ antlerless deer season will be open on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 27 and 28 in any county with a firearms deer season, and will be followed by a three-day reopening of antlerless deer season (Dec. 29 - 31) in 46 counties or portions of counties (see 2010 - 2011 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov for county and area listings).
 
**DNR**

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
www.wvdnr.gov
Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: December 9, 2010

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
Contact: Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section 304-558-2771 dnr.wildlife@wv.gov 


West Virginia Antlered Deer Gun Harvest, 2006-2010

County

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Barbour

1527

1380

1413

1307

860

Brooke

479

386

427

377

333

Hancock

447

361

357

339

302

Harrison

1810

1508

1680

1730

1054

Marion

1443

1114

1489

1183

801

Marshall

1648

1126

1339

1321

1091

Monongalia

1953

1474

1927

1536

1108

Ohio

505

438

485

412

405

Preston

2616

2309

2618

2122

2030

Taylor

903

724

808

727

498

Tucker

1020

974

951

874

747

Wetzel

1926

1767

2210

1474

944

Dist. I Subtotal

16,277

13,561

15,704

13,402

10,173

Berkeley

924

973

855

651

656

Grant

1544

1733

1531

1228

914

Hampshire

1949

2223

2153

1634

1261

Hardy

2178

2111

2046

1601

1350

Jefferson

713

657

605

461

488

Mineral

1388

1420

1383

1158

883

Morgan

845

953

806

573

485

Pendleton

1850

1698

1416

1257

884

Dist. II Subtotal

11,391

11,768

10,795

8,563

6,921

Braxton

1308

2005

1731

1891

992

Clay

399

551

540

552

355

Lewis

1778

1952

2027

2227

1141

Nicholas

991

1216

1082

1176

841

Pocahontas

1410

1277

1223

1346

1056

Randolph

1862

1968

2126

1930

1817

Upshur

1432

1517

1536

1383

1059

Webster

796

929

887

901

806

Dist. III Subtotal

9,976

11,415

11,152

11,406

8,067

Fayette

873

1101

905

896

727

Greenbrier

2143

2204

1925

1976

1348

McDowell

0

0

0

0

0

Mercer

662

820

537

604

363

Monroe

1886

2150

1431

1569

1012

Raleigh

651

842

577

706

440

Summers

944

1282

932

931

526

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. IV Subtotal

7,159

8,399

6,307

6,682

4,416

Boone

495

676

577

628

454

Cabell

683

947

787

695

488

Kanawha

1025

1395

1259

1257

887

Lincoln

832

1126

983

860

740

Logan

0

0

0

0

0

Mason

2067

2154

1892

2099

1264

Mingo

0

0

0

0

0

Putnam

1051

1401

1311

1065

793

Wayne

837

898

768

880

503

Dist. V Subtotal

6,990

8,597

7,577

7,484

5,129

Calhoun

1039

1163

1252

1124

565

Doddridge

1328

1227

1605

1416

765

Gilmer

1182

1401

1585

1398

670

Jackson

2122

2081

1948

2504

1216

Pleasants

588

398

630

531

351

Ritchie

2147

1564

2369

2010

1236

Roane

1691

1873

2010

2112

1066

Tyler

1429

1125

1590

1210

845

Wirt

919

1006

1186

1265

693

Wood

1877

1635

1655

1879

1113

Dist. VI Subtotal

14,322

13,473

15,830

15,449

8,520

State Total

66,115

67,213

67,365

62,986

43,226