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Old 11-30-2007, 06:31 PM
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anyone ever hunt in west virginia lately in the upper part of the state have you noticed the drop in deer population
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:38 PM
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we had a problem with blue tounge disease.plus the wheather was hot this past summer.we found three dead deer on the farm by the water.
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Old 12-01-2007, 10:40 AM
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Over the last 5 years or so, the DNR has made a concerted effort to reduce the deer population. They has done this by allowing liberal doe kills. This has significantly reduced the overall deer population. I used to hunt a lot in Wirt County. 5-7 years ago, it was nothing to see 30-40 deer a day. Now you are lucky to see 5-6 in a day. The population has definitely went way down. But thats what happens when you are allowed to take several does in a single season.
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:40 PM
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we found a lot of dead deer to and a real nice eight point we have had deer all over our farm in past years but this year was really bad but the deer kill in the county was up strange
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:44 PM
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you know the bad part is we don't have the doe season like the rest of the state least not for past five years
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:26 PM
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I agree with the poster saying it was nothing to see over 30 deer a day about 5 years ago, but that now there are way less deer. I wouldn't mind it so much if we saw a lot more bigger bucks. I think there are more bigger bucks, but not as many more as one would think given the low deer population. Of course, I can't say for sure what a normal year would have been like, given we didn't have many acorns at all this year.
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:42 PM
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coyotes moved in in the early 90's. The black bear population has grown rapidly. Then a hard winter in about 93 put a real hurting on the deer. They haven't recovered since. I hunt around Seneca Rocks.
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:45 PM
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Deer numbers in the county I hunt have been pretty steady for the last 5-7 years. We had one year (2002) with more than the norm but usually 5-7 deer a day is what I see with 15 or so opening day...but when you are allowed 11 deer in a season you cant really expect big numbers. On the plus side I have killed some nice bucks over the last 5 years.
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Old 12-05-2007, 05:34 PM
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I Live in UPSHUR-RANDOLPH county have seen good amount of deer but we have had problems with coytes to but still have seen some decent sized Bucks this year
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