W.Va. wildlife officials say fewer deer killed in 2017 season

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CHARLESTON, W.VA. (AP) - State wildlife officials say the number of white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the recently completed hunting seasons was down compared to a year ago.

The Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that hunters killed 108,160 deer in 2017. That's a 4 percent drop from the 112,384 deer killed in 2016, and a 15 percent drop from the five-year average.

The most deer were killed in Preston, Upshur, Ritchie and Lewis counties.

The DNR says more than 44,000 bucks were killed during the traditional buck firearm season, nearly 34,000 antlerless deer were killed during all firearm seasons, 26,000 deer were killed by bows and crossbows, and more than 4,200 were killed by muzzleloader hunters.

Following are the number of deer killed in area counties in 2017: Wood, 2,917; Pleasants, 797; Wirt 1,892; Ritchie, 3,238; Jackson 2,871; Calhoun, 1,646; Roane, 2,866; and Tyler, 1989.

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