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January 20, 2013

Deer harvest appears strong

Few changes seen for fall 2013 season

FAIRMONT — The numbers are in and being crunched, but from the looks of it West Virginia had a very healthy year for deer hunting in 2012.

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources section chief at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, said that overall it was a good year, with likely few changes needing to be made for the hunting season this fall.

“It’s meant to be a fluid process,” he said.

“In areas where we think we need additional harvests, it can go up,” he said, referring to the time slot for individual hunting categories. “In areas where we think we’ve hit the mark, it can stay the same.”

This year, hunters in Marion County bagged 2,782 total deer, slightly higher than the state average. Taylor said this likely means that the deer population is a little high.

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