2017-12-13 / Front Page

Morgan hunters take more deer in 2017 buck season

Morgan County’s deer harvest during the buck firearms season spiked up this year above 2016 numbers.

Hunters in the county took 505 deer during the most popular deer hunting season, which ran from November 20 to December 2. That figure is up 68 deer from the 2016 harvest figure of 437. This year’s buck firearms season also included one Sunday when hunting was legal on private land.

In 2015, Morgan County hunters took 678 deer during buck firearms season.

Despite the harvest increase, Morgan County fell well below harvests in nearby Hampshire County (1,394), Grant County (1,198), Hardy County (1,201) and Mineral County (1,015). Hunters in Berkeley County took 761 deer during the season, and those in Jefferson took 433 deer.

Statewide, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ electronic game checking system tracked 44,455 bucks taken during the two-week buck firearms season. In 2016, hunters in West Virginia took 46,071 bucks during the same season.

Good weather boosted hunting this year, said DNR officials.

The traditional antlerless deer season opens tomorrow, December 14 and runs through Saturday, December 16 in select counties on public and private land.

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