HNN Staff

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – 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, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro.

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.

Antlerless Deer Season

The 2010 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. “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 future deer population,” said Jezioro. 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).

Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2010 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).

Archery Deer Season

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).

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**DNR**

2010 WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST

County

Buck Gun

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery

Total

Barbour

882

1185

225

415

2707

Brooke

339

503

89

212

1143

Hancock

303

378

96

341

1118

Harrison

1074

1199

193

458

2924

Marion

812

813

121

366

2112

Marshall

1096

924

174

387

2581

Monongalia

1126

1232

183

686

3227

Ohio

408

353

65

210

1036

Preston

2056

1905

306

1140

5407

Taylor

499

657

130

273

1559

Tucker

756

262

139

398

1555

Wetzel

970

942

115

208

2235

Dist. I Subtotal

10321

10353

1836

5094

27604

Berkeley

659

546

86

335

1626

Grant

964

594

115

296

1969

Hampshire

1277

906

115

171

2469

Hardy

1356

759

111

133

2359

Jefferson

496

382

42

321

1241

Mineral

953

858

137

234

2182

Morgan

485

451

79

159

1174

Pendleton

887

358

45

223

1513

Dist. II Subtotal

7077

4854

730

1872

14533

Braxton

994

1078

220

297

2589

Clay

359

109

25

210

703

Lewis

1158

1297

196

344

2995

Nicholas

851

205

26

649

1731

Pocahontas

1099

250

77

349

1775

Randolph

1883

520

390

1001

3794

Upshur

1080

957

169

495

2701

Webster

818

137

23

507

1485

Dist. III Subtotal

8242

4553

1126

3852

17773

Fayette

749

64

17

508

1338

Greenbrier

1366

580

110

524

2580

McDowell

0

0

0

420

420

Mercer

342

102

27

354

825

Monroe

1071

1081

150

355

2657

Raleigh

462

59

0

589

1110

Summers

541

332

81

305

1259

Wyoming

0

0

0

559

559

Dist. IV Subtotal

4531

2218

385

3614

10748

Boone

471

35

15

361

882

Cabell

489

414

85

285

1273

Kanawha

904

572

128

687

2291

Lincoln

748

219

172

515

1654

Logan

0

0

0

469

469

Mason

1318

1648

214

677

3857

Mingo

0

0

0

259

259

Putnam

812

849

118

416

2195

Wayne

586

222

37

295

1140

Dist. V Subtotal

5328

3959

769

3964

14020

Calhoun

586

528

96

193

1403

Doddridge

778

558

67

157

1560

Gilmer

707

621

79

147

1554

Jackson

1228

1289

141

484

3142

Pleasants

361

348

51

53

813

Ritchie

1236

1214

169

346

2965

Roane

1068

1059

138

373

2638

Tyler

858

868

115

239

2080

Wirt

694

745

151

250

1840

Wood

1119

1198

188

565

3070

Dist. VI Subtotal

8635

8428

1195

2807

21065

State Total

44134

34365

6041

21203

105743