West Virginia landowners and hunters have 22 days to harvest antlerless deer on private lands during the 2012 antlerless deer season which began Monday, according to Curtis Taylor, chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section.
A total of 51 counties have opened antlerless deer hunting this fall and will have the antlerless deer season running concurrently with the two-week buck gun season.
"Seventy-six percent of the counties are still above the buck harvest objective outlined in the DNR plan and further reduction in the deer population is needed," Taylor said. "With the 22 day antlerless deer season, along with changes in the bag limits for this fall, hunters should help to meet county buck harvest objectives."
The DNR reminds hunters that only one deer may be taken per day. Therefore, a buck and an antlerless deer may not be taken on the same day. However, hunters may take two antlerless deer per day in selected counties on private land, during the antlerless deer season. But, they must be checked in on separate days.
In Wetzel County, the first day totals of deer season were up slightly. With 11 of the 16 Wetzel County licensed agents reporting, 735 deer were recorded at the following stations:
The County Cupboard, 25; Green Acres Citgo Gas, 132; Morris Grocery, 65; Mason Filling Station, 36 ; New Martinsville Sunoco, 157; Richmond's Sporting Goods, 44; Simon's Market, 89; Morris' Variety Center, 49; B & C's Deli, 74; Smith's Grocery, 34; Mason's Depot, 14; and the Jacksonburg Pit Stop, 16; There were no numbers available for Gifford's One-Stop, Alta's Bait Shop, Lumberjack Station, and the Lewis Wetzel WMA.
The largest bucks were turned in at Mason Filling Station with an 13-point buck harvested by Pine Grove youth Michayla Streets. It was her first buck. Many local hunters also turned in a number of nine pointers and quite a few eight pointers at Country Cupboard, Simon's Grocery and Morris Variety.
Jamie Brown killed a nice 9-pointer checked in at Jacksonburg Pitt Stop, while Rob Carter checked in an 11-pointer and Stephen Yoho checked in a 10 pointer at Smith's Grocery.Deer Season Hits Wetzel County