Associated Press Published

Deer Kills Down in 2014


The number of deer killed during West Virginia’s various seasons fell 31 percent last year compared with 2013.

The Division of Natural Resources says hunters killed 104,223 deer during the bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q and Class XS deer seasons.

That’s down from 150,268 in 2013 and 23 percent below the five-year average of 136,168.

Last year’s deer total includes 37,766 killed during the buck firearm season, 39,514 during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 21,653 deer during archery season and 5,290 deer during muzzleloader season.

Preston County had the most kills at 4,625, followed by Randolph County at 3,640, Mason County at 3,310, Lewis County at 3,147 and Upshur County at 2,959.