SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 44,455 bucks during the state’s two-week firearm season that ended Saturday.
The Division of Natural Resources says data from the electronic game checking system shows hunters approached the total of 46,071 bucks taken last year. The buck harvest increased in the Eastern Panhandle (DNR District 2) and in southeastern West Virginia (DNR District 4). It decreased slightly in the other four districts. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were: Preston (1,959), Randolph (1,647), Greenbrier (1,631), Hampshire (1,394), Ritchie (1,347), Monroe (1,302), Braxton (1,243), Lewis (1,216), Hardy (1,201) and Grant (1,198), according to a news release.
“Good weather across much of the state for the entire season allowed hunters to enjoy a productive season,” said Wildlife Resources Section Chief Paul Johansen. “I am pleased that a lot of hunters were able to get out and enjoy West Virginia’s incredible natural resources.”
Muzzleloader hunting runs through Saturday. The traditional antlerless deer hunting season in selected counties is Dec. 14-16.
The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open Dec. 26 and 27 in any county with a firearms deer season. This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season Dec. 28-31 in specified counties or portions of counties.