Hunting Totals Down During West Virginia’s Traditional Firearms Season

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Wildlife officials say the number of antlered white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the two-week firearms season was down compared to a year ago.

The Division of Natural Resources says hunters killed 36,796 deer from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7. That’s down 17 percent from the 2018 period.

The most deer were killed in Greenbrier, Preston, Randolph and Ritchie counties.

Muzzleloader deer season will open Dec. 16 and remain open through Dec. 22. The primitive weapons “Mountaineer Heritage Season” will be open from Jan. 9-12, 2020.

The DNR also said hunters killed 1,113 turkeys during the fall season, down 8 percent from 2018.