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West Virginia hunters harvest 105,743 deer in 2010

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

-- Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 105,743 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q deer seasons.

This year's total harvest was 32 percent below the 2009 deer harvest of 155,214 and ranks as the 26th highest total on record. A total of 44,134 bucks, 34,365 antlerless season deer, 21,203 archery killed deer and 6,041 muzzleloader season deer were taken during the 2010 season.

The antlerless deer season, which includes the youth/Class Q deer seasons, was 37 percent below 2009 and 29 percent below the 5 year average of 48,225. The top 10 counties are Preston (1,905), Mason (1,648), Lewis (1,297), Jackson (1,289), Monongalia (1,232), Ritchie (1,214), Harrison (1,199), Wood (1,198), Barbour (1,185) and Monroe (1,081).

The muzzleloader harvest of 6,041 was 35 percent less than the 2009 harvest of 9,232, and 27 percent below the 5 year average of 8,290 and ranks as the 21st highest total on record.  The top 10 counties are: Randolph (390), Preston (306), Barbour (225), Braxton (220), Mason (214), Lewis (196), Harrison (193), Wood (188), Monongalia (183), and Marshall (174).

The bow hunters take of 21,203 deer was 26 percent below the 2009 harvest of 28,482, and 21 percent below the 5 year average harvest of 26,916 and ranks as the 21st highest total on record.  The top 10 counties are Preston (1,140), Randolph (1,001), Kanawha (687), Monongalia (686), Mason (677), Nicholas (649), Raleigh (589), Wood (565), Wyoming (559), and Greenbrier (524).

Fop chart with all totals, go to www.wvdnr.gov and click on Current News.

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