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2012 Deer Harvest Down from 2011
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on December 12, 2012 @ 3:00PM
Created on December 12, 2012 @ 11:12AM
Superstorm Sandy caused a lot of damage to the area, but that's not the only problem it caused. It's also one of the reasons this year's buck harvest is down from last year.
Preliminary data indicates about 56,173 deer were harvested during the two week buck firearms season. That season ran from November 19th to December 1st.
The numbers this year are down about 7% from 2011. Around our area, the storm is being partially blamed for this decrease.
"People that were coming into the station were making comments about the storm related damage, the trees and things being down in the woods. Several people made the comment that they didn't get to hunt where they really wanted to hunt this year. So, we feel that probably had a little bit of an affect on the overall harvest in these counties here around Upshur and Lewis and those counties, especially," said Rob Silvester, a wildlife biologist with the W.Va. DNR.

DNR officials said this fluctuation is typical, and all depends on what goes on during the two weeks of firearm season.
More Information: Deer Hunters in West Virginia Harvest 56,173 Bucks During the Buck Firearms Season
Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 56,173 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from November 19 through December 1, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).  The 2012 buck harvest was seven percent less than the 2011 harvest of 60,157.  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).  Click Here to read more.

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