Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 162,371 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, bow and youth/Class Q deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro. This year’s total harvest was 11 percent above the 2007 deer harvest of 145,937 and ranks as the 15th highest total on record. Hunters killed 68,540 bucks, 54,704 antlerless season deer, 30,749 archery season deer and 8,378 muzzleloader season deer during the 2008 season.

Antlerless Deer Season

The 2008 antlerless deer season, which includes the youth/Class Q deer hunts, was 25 percent above 2007, due in part to the increase in hunter opportunities to take antlerless deer. “It is important to note that part of the deer management strategy is to regulate the harvest of antlerless deer in individual counties to raise or lower the deer population,” said Jezioro. The top 10 counties were: Preston (2,843), Jackson (2,173), Mason (2,155), Wood (2,118), Lewis (2,051), Harrison (1,921), Wetzel (1,866), Ritchie (1,792), Barbour (1,728) and Monongalia (1,676).

“Continued doe harvests are the key to healthier, heavier, and more productive deer herds. Guided by our deer harvest management plan, we will continue to recommend appropriate antlerless harvests for the benefit of not only the deer herd, but also all wildlife dependent on our state’s woodland habitat,” said Jezioro.

Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2008 muzzleloader harvest of 8,378 was nine percent above the 2007 harvest and ranks as the 16th highest total on record. The increase in harvest is attributed in part to the increased number of counties open to either sex muzzleloader hunting. Generally, antlerless deer make up 80 percent of the muzzleloader season harvest. The top 10 counties were: Braxton (538), Lewis (392), Preston (320), Mason (299), Ritchie (297), Jackson (279), Roane (270), Gilmer (267), Wood (264) and Barbour (245).

Archery Deer Season

The bow hunters take of 30,749 deer was12 percent above the 2007 harvest of 27,440 and ranks as the 6th highest on record. The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,434), Randolph (1,268), Kanawha (878), Nicholas (870), Monongalia (854), Mason (825), Greenbrier (788), Wyoming (746), McDowell (741), and Jackson(733).

To find out more, visit the West Virginia DNR Website at ww.wvdnr.gov

2008 WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST

COUNTY

BUCK

ANTLERLESS

MUZZLELOADER

BOW

TOTAL

Barbour

1,418

1,728

245

678

4,069

Brooke

428

540

56

298

1,322

Hancock

356

445

105

397

1,303

Harrison

1,684

1,921

240

553

4,398

Marion

1,493

1,540

177

664

3,874

Marshall

1,346

1,197

204

345

3,092

Monongalia

1,929

1,676

192

854

4,651

Ohio

492

437

68

214

1,211

Preston

2,620

2,843

320

1,434

7,217

Taylor

807

885

105

380

2,177

Tucker

976

652

151

595

2,374

Wetzel

2,220

1,866

244

522

4,852

District I Subtotal

15,769

15,730

2,107

6,934

40,540

Berkeley

887

748

88

438

2,161

Grant

1,535

1,123

229

523

3,410

Hampshire

2,148

1,408

183

370

4,109

Hardy

2,051

1,666

195

468

4,380

Jefferson

615

490

90

401

1,596

Mineral

1,388

1,167

145

381

3,081

Morgan

813

773

110

259

1,955

Pendleton

1,403

980

145

399

2,927

Dist. II Subtotal

10,840

8,355

1,185

3,239

23,619

Braxton

1,747

1,648

538

728

4,661

Clay

548

41

7

325

921

Lewis

2,030

2,051

392

583

5,056

Nicholas

1,074

177

31

870

2,152

Pocahontas

1,220

84

18

389

1,711

Randolph

2,117

285

35

1,268

3,705

Upshur

1,536

1,461

240

706

3,943

Webster

885

137

9

649

1,680

Dist. III Subtotal

11,157

5,884

1,270

5,518

23,829

Fayette

929

823

172

728

2,652

Greenbrier

1,936

1,245

213

788

4,182

McDowell

0

0

0

741

741

Mercer

554

436

77

564

1,631

Monroe

1,447

1,418

177

611

3,653

Raleigh

579

288

90

670

1,627

Summers

942

1,035

162

604

2,743

Wyoming

0

0

0

746

746

Dist. IV Subtotal

6,387

5,245

891

5,452

17,975

Boone

575

24

21

378

998

Cabell

918

595

92

443

2,048

Kanawha

1,304

660

113

878

2,955

Lincoln

973

66

37

430

1,506

Logan

0

0

0

706

706

Mason

2,154

2,155

299

825

5,433

Mingo

0

0

0

320

320

Putnam

1,321

1,365

172

599

3,457

Wayne

777

319

62

359

1,517

Dist. V Subtotal

8,022

5,184

796

4,938

18,940

Calhoun

1,296

877

159

382

2,714

Doddridge

1,825

1,213

176

262

3,476

Gilmer

1,599

1,320

267

427

3,613

Jackson

1,783

2,173

279

733

4,968

Pleasants

670

476

41

126

1,313

Ritchie

2,612

1,792

297

612

5,313

Roane

2,025

1,538

270

652

4,485

Tyler

1,628

1,574

171

415

3,788

Wirt

1,204

1,225

205

423

3,057

Wood

1,723

2,118

264

636

4,741

Dist. VI Subtotal

16,365

14,306

2,129

4,668

37,468

STATE TOTAL

68,540

54,704

8,378

30,749

162,371

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