After a sharp decline in the number of bucks harvested last year, West Virginia is considering putting a limit on antlerless deer.
The Division of Natural Resources biologists want more conservative bag limits for female or antlerless deer.
The proposed antlerless limit on deer hunting is a response to a drastic decline in the number of bucks harvested in the Mountain State this past season.
Paul Johansen, the division’s assistant wildlife chief, told reporters that the antlerless limit has been proposed due to a 34 percent decrease in bucks harvested as compared to last year’s numbers. This past season, 30 counties had a three-deer kill limit with the stipulation that at least one antlerless deer be killed before a second buck could be harvested.
If the proposed antlerless limit passes, the number of counties with the three-deer kill limit could be reduced to nine from the current 30.