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Kentucky hunting harvest up 14 percent this year

Jan. 21, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicated West Virginia hunters harvested 150,268 white-tailed deer during the 2013 bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and Youth/Class Q/Class XS seasons.

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro said the 2013 harvest was 14 percent more than 2012.

BUCK GUN SEASON: The state-wide harvest was 57,028, with 7,730 taken in District V that includes Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Putnam and Mason counties. The top counties were Preston (1,757), Lewis (1707), Hampshire (1662), Greenbrier (1554), Wetzel (1536), Mason (1516), Monroe (1490), Upshur (1489), Hardy (1456) and Mineral (1435).

ANTLERLESS SEASON: The total harvest of 57,350 was up 28 percent from 2012 and 24 percent better than the five-year average of 46,105. The top counties were Mason (2,526), Jackson (2,523), Preston (2,335), Wood (2,220), Roane (2,150), Ritchie (1,990), Lewis (1,982), Upshur (1,771), Monroe (1,698) and Wetzel (1,658).

MUZZLELOADER SEASON: The harvest of 7,316 was up from 2012, but below the five-year average. The top counties were Randolph (322), Braxton (312), Preston (249), Nicholas (247), Lewis (235), Fayette (232), Greenbrier (219), Upshur (212), Mason (209) and Ritchie (208).

ARCHERY SEASON: Bow hunters took 28,574 deer which was 11 percent more than 2012. The top counties were Preston (1,040), Kanawha (1,031), Wyoming (953), Raleigh (875), Wood (872), Logan (840), Fayette (796), Randolph (768), Monongalia (741), and Nicholas (738).

Hunters kill 2,682 black bears in W.Va. in 2013

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia hunters killed 2,682 black bears last year during the archery and firearms seasons.

The Division of Natural Resources says it's the fourth time in the past five years that the kill has topped 2,000. The record of 2,691 was set in 2012.

Hunters killed 851 bears during the archery season and 1,831 during various firearm seasons.

Wyoming County led the way for archery hunters with 75 bear kills, while Randolph County was first in firearms kills with 245.

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