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Second week of deer numbers doing well in W.Va.

Nov. 27, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The second week of deer hunting season in West Virginia continued Monday with respectable amounts of kills being checked in at stations, reported employees at several stations in Cabell and Wayne counties.

"Quite a few deer Monday, both bucks and does," said Larry Russell, who works at Backwoods Guns in Huntington. "Probably typical (for the second week)."

Tammy Austin at T & M Gun and Pawn in Culloden said it was a bit slower Monday, describing last week as being swamped with check-ins.

"We're still getting them in. It's just slow compared to last week," Austin said. "So far, more bucks than does. And from what we're hearing (from hunters), it seems like it is pretty plentiful."

Meghan Duerst at The Great Outdoors in Lavalette had a similar report. She said with Monday's totals, they had checked in 60 bucks and does thus far.

Across the river in Ohio, deer hunting season is just getting started. But, a new online system allows hunters to check in their deer without having it inspected at a check-in station.

"It was pretty decent, but with the new system, they don't have it bring it in," said D.J. Jones, the bow technician at Todd's Sporting Goods in Proctorville. "But we had two or three nice bucks and several does."

He also said that hunters told him conditions weren't that great because of the warm temperatures. They are hoping for a better second day, as temperatures drop and some forecasted snow could help with tracking.

Deer hunting in West Virginia with firearms continues through Saturday, Dec. 1, for bucks. Does can be hunted on public and private land Dec. 13-15 and 28-31.

For a complete list of deer check-in stations and hunting information in West Virginia, visit http://www.wvdnr.gov

Ohio's White-tailed deer hunting season continues through Sunday, Dec. 2, then on Dec. 15-16.

For more on hunting in Ohio or the new check-in system, visit ohiogamecheck.com or wildohio.com.

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