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West Virginia’s deer harvest down in 2017

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Preliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 108,160 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2017 seasons, said the Division of Natural Resources.

The 2017 harvest was 4 percent below the 2016 harvest of 112,384 deer, and 15 percent below the five-year average of 127,803, the DNR said.

A breakdown of the combined 2017 deer seasons reveals 44,127 bucks were harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 33,584 antlerless deer were killed during all antlerless firearm seasons, 26,206 deer were harvested by bows and crossbows, and 4,243 deer were taken by muzzleloader hunters.

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