The buck deer kill was down about 200 in Calhoun during the 2012 firearms season.

Calhoun 1252(2008) 1124(2009) 570(2010) &bnsp; 962(2011) &bnsp; 772(2012).

Deer Hunters in West Virginia harvested 56,173 bucks during the 2012 buck firearms season, down about seven percent from 2011.

The top 10 counties for buck harvest were as follows: Preston (2,108), Greenbrier (1,907), Randolph (1,792), Mason (1,667), Jackson (1,662), Hampshire (1,570), Monroe (1,563), Ritchie (1,518), Wetzel (1,496) and Hardy (1,435).

The largest percent decreases occurred in the western and central counties of the state. The harvest was 27th among all recorded antlered buck firearm seasons.

The dry weather was good for hunter participation this year but made moving in the woods noisy. Deer densities that were more in balance with the habitat in many areas, combined with the better-than-average acorn crop.

WVDNR reminds hunters that several days of deer hunting opportunity still remain for 2012.

The traditional antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land opens December 13 and runs through December 15.

The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season (antlerless deer only) will be open on December 26 - 27 in any county with a firearms deer season, and will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season on December 28 - 31 in 48 counties or portions of counties.

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