(01/15/2010)
Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 154,524 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q deer seasons.

This year's total harvest was 5.5 percent below the 2008 deer harvest.

Antlerless Deer Season

The 2009 antlerless deer season, which includes the youth/Class Q deer hunts, was 2.8 percent below 2008 but 4.8 percent above the five-year average of 52,095.

Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2009 muzzleloader harvest of 8,759 was 150 deer more than the 2008 harvest but 7.4 percent below the five-year average of 9,464.

Archery Deer Season

The bowhunters' take of 27,558 deer was 12 percent below the 2008 harvest of 31,408 but four percent above the five-year average harvest of 26,465.

REGIONAL DEER HARVEST

Calhoun: 1,151 (Buck); 1,006 (Antlerless); 180 (Muzzleloader); 316 (Bow); 2,653 (Total)

Braxton: 1,909 (Buck); 1,654 (Antlerness); 331 (Muzzleloader); 653 (Bow); 4,547 (Total)

Clay: 556 (Buck); 184 (Antlerness); 37 (Muzzleloader): 293 (Bow); 1,070 (Total)

Gilmer: 1,328 (Buck); 1,165 (Antlerless); 239 (Muzzleloader); 325 (Bow); 3,057 (Total)

Ritchie: 2,026 (Buck); 2,098 (Antlerless); 254 (Muzzleloader); 455 (Bow); 4,833 (Total)

Roane: 2,153 (Buck); 1,610 (Antlerless); 206 (Muzzleloader); 547 (Bow); 4,516 (Total)

Wirt: 1,276 (Buck); 1,247 (Antlerless); 223 (Muzzleloader); 372(Bow); 3,118 (Total)

State Total: 63,590 (Buck); 54,617 (Antlerless); 8,759 (Muzzleloader); 27,558 (Bow); 154,524 (Total)


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