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Seriously need antler restrictions. 4pt on one side ? Predator pop. needs to be in check. Doe's need thinning. Oh & EHD.
The deer hunting is fine. These low grade must be from a group called better buck management. Bunch of whinny babies. Go hunting, stop crying
How many years can we be behind the rest of America? Lets keep losing license sales until we find out. My bownseason was extremely subpar. Hard to kill a decent buck when they are slaughtered at 1.5
Rooster 57 (resident)
Our buck to doe ratio is terrible. I’ve noticed a decline in deer population over the last 2 years. Hunters are killing too many young bucks as well. We need AR and lower buck limit.
Gary Johnson (resident)
I’ve hunted WV for 25 yrs and can compare the quality of hunting to OH,IL, and KY... the buck to doe ratio is absolutely out of hand causing the buck quality to be very poor
Mountain State (resident)
Quality bucks in WV are few and far between aside from the bow only counties. I've noticed a decline in deer population the last couple years. Our deer management is all about $, not quality.
Jeremy johnson (resident)
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Dave Berns (resident)
Jerod A. Burgess (resident)
The deer management program in this state leads to kill more doe then what really should be killed.
Alan Price (resident)
I have been seeing more decent bucks here in WV in the last few years. Years ago I'd be lucky to see 2-3 all season, now I've been seeing a lot more.
Juddie D. Burgess (resident)
I spend a lot of time in the woods on our 8,000 acre lease. Over the past several years we are seeing fewer and fewer deer. To many does being harvested.
William Armstrong (resident)
The state has done a good job of managing the deer herd for the mix of hunters we have. Trophy deer are in every county if you work for them, but the numbers of deer allow good opportunity for all.
Steve Basnett (resident)
I didn't have the season I normally do for alot of reasons. A heavy acorn everywhere being the #1 reason. Plenty of deer in my area. Some days I never saw a deer, but at night the cameras was blowing
bowhunter on public land and this season provided me with the largest does to date, while giving me sightings of a large 6, larger 10 & a huge 12, just never got close enough to the bucks.
Luke H (resident)
(Not bow only counties). It seems every year deer numbers are dropping. Buck quality is below average, could be better!
Deer numbers way down from previous years. To many deer tags allowed. Coyotes becoming a major problem. Too many poachers, they have no regard for anyone else. Just kill all they can.
joseph blankenship (resident)
wv only cares about numbers of dear not quality as long has they sells tags
Few older aged deer outside of bow only counties. Either tons of deer up north or lot less deer in south. Easy to give state a better score when you live in bowhunting only county and don't see peril
Gary McHenry (resident)
WV needs to get out of the Stone Age and start managing their bucks
WV is producing both, great archery and gun kills! Not everyone wants the stress of hunting a 160” deer, and not everyone wants to kill a 1.5 year old. WV has found a way to please all!
Eddie Adams (resident)
Myself, son & father have always been satisfied with our harvest.. Great Job WVDNR??
A lot of young bucks. Not a lot of mature bucks
Not a whole lot of deer seen all season. Big bucks are present just have to hunt them smart. State allows too many deer to be killed legally, especially does
Deer population is horrible!! I only seen three deer in five days.
Hunted seen no deer any day I hunted!!!
WV is just average at best , i run 6 trail cameras in wv 3 in ohio There is just no comparison to buck Quality
I bow hunt in an archery only county and rifle hunt on a wma with antler restrictions.
Jacob Petry (resident)
Too many bucks killed each year. Not enough deer managing in practice.
Missed a shot at a very nice buck. I also passed up at least 3 bucks that were 3+ years old in my opinion. I saw less deer than usual but still plenty. Would like to see even more area specific reg
With a 3 buck limit and a one size fits all doe management program, WV lacks in overall health and deer management.
Hunted only private hunting club land. Saw a couple nice bucks and some good up and comers if they made it through the season. Would like to see two buck limit and antler size restrictions.
Grades are 4 public land as grading privately managed land is very misleading when compared to public. Herd health/buck quality is night and day on my farm compared to nearby WMA’s. Too many buck tags
Adam Price (resident)
There are some good bucks in places and areas with lots of deer however the state needs to set an angler restriction and lower the number of bucks a hunter is allowed to harvest to help grow big bucks
Colin Raynor (resident)
State needs to have some sort of restrictions on bucks, antler size or lower limit
We have decent deer numbers but the quality and age structure is really poor.
I live in one of the so. counties. I'd like to see rest of state have the same 1 buck rule.
Robert McClary (resident)
Too many deer tags Buck and Doe .
If we could get some sort of management program such as an antler restriction and cut down on the allowed buck limit, our herd would benefit quickly.
The week before our gun season and Before Thanksgiving I saw 37 different bucks with only 2 being spikes. One change I would like to see is where all Bucks regardless of size are counted as a buck.
Jeff Ritter (resident)
Declining deer population.
Jeremy Adkins (resident)
Overall, we have good hunter opportunity at deer, but would like to see more focus on enhancing the age structure of our bucks statewide.
elk yinzer (nonresident)
Very significant private vs. public disparities. There is a culture of poaching in some areas that hurts the honest hunter. I believe all states should be one buck limit.
Needs 1 buck a year limit
John Wesley (nonresident)
WV needs to adopt PA regs.
Ryan Andy Rapp (resident)
selling tags and making profit while not managing the herd in most counties like Tucker . Deer herd is spotty at best and 0 buck management and 0 buck to doe ratio management
Tom Dunlap (nonresident)
Saw a varied age structure, plentiful herd, and healthy animals
Rick Dunlap Sr (resident)
I have in WV for 34 years and and only saw a handful of quality deer Also I know hunters that spend days hunting and they have gave up and started hunting other states
Jeromy Rose (resident)
Deer management for mature bucks on privately owned or leased land has better bucks and hunting. Also, the 4 bow-only/1-buck limit counties are good. The DNR is missing potential everywhere else.
Rickie Dunlap JR (resident)
Being a avid hunter and wildlife specialist on the federal side I have spent countless hours afield looking at most wildlife species in our state.
Edward Humphreys (resident)
Coyotes and too many tags. 1 buck bow and 1 buck forearm would be a good start to a manageable program. news article where a DNR guy called a 2.5 yr old a mature class buck. Need fresh minds at DNR
Neil Rayle (resident)
Deer sightings very low compared to previous years. Extensive doe seasons, increased coyote numbers and the high number of buck permits all play into the decrease in deer numbers.
For bow hunting counties great quality size but the rest of the state is lacking quantity the southern part deer population is low northern is over run with deer
Buck limit needs to be reduced.
To many tags
mike persinger (resident)
The areas I hunt the deer sightings have been down other than my hunt in Logan county. Wv needs to improve deer management throughout the state and not just in the four counties. Drop the buck limit
Johnathan Palmer (resident)
Deer are on the decline here bad
Dylan Mackey (resident)
I noticed there were some really nice bucks killed around the state, but not much of anything where I hunt in Mineral and Jefferson county.
Buck limit is too high. License structure actually encourages people to shoot more bucks than does.
LOL WV deer management Motto should be wack em' and stack em! Only quality in WV is in the bow hunting only counties. Amazing every year the percentage of trophy animals that come out of that area.
Bow hunter (resident)
Buck limit needs to be lowered, really could be some nice bucks in this state.
Knobfork hunter (resident)
Need to Make residents and landowner pay for their buck tags separate off base license and lower buck limit to 1 a year regardless of weapon. Change to quality over quantity $$$$ is all the dnr wants
Donnie Rhodes (resident)
No deer numbers anymore
Lathora John Meeks (resident)
Too liberal on number of deer allowed in southern West Virginia. Need to limit buck and doe kills
Josh Bias (nonresident)
Bow only counties are great mostly where I hunt but the state needs to reduce buck tags and I believe the state could be a destination state.. Bear numbers are horrible as well and are starting
Saw a lot of deer but very little bucks hunting northern WV. Only pockets of good hunting are on private land that manage their own herd. Hard to justify buying license shooting spikes every year.
Definitely a state deer management plan that values quantity over quality. Kill 3 bucks on a base license and pay to shoot a doe with firearm equals lots of deer and over proportionate #young bucks.
New property management plan on 130 acres. 4.5 acres new plots. Had 2 3.5 yo deer that were passed. 11 identifiable bucks and @ 15 does. Will stay course. No deer killed this year.
WV BOWMAN (resident)
Years of more bucks being harvested than does has created skewed sex ratios. WMA's that limit buck harvest and have antler restrictions to protect yearling bucks provide the best opportunities.
I wish Wv would lower their buck limit. Maybe then hunter would be more inclined to let the smaller bucks walk.
Buck man (resident)
Primarily hunt Barbour County. Saw a grand total of 6 deer over 15 hunts on private property
Killed two nice bucks in bow season, I believe it is a result of management on our property and not the states herd management.
Buck limit too high. For past 5-6 years WV is killing more bucks than does by a significant margin
WV Mountaineer (resident)
Great hunting is to be had here. Lots of deer and lots of nice deer. Only thing I'd like to see is a doe muzzleloader season in the NF in the Cranberry Glades. There's plenty enough deer for that.
Lee Hover (nonresident)
The area I hunt gets hit pretty hard. Very few sightings when I bow hunted there(It was hot that week). First two days of rifle season I didn't even see a doe(I saw multiple bucks but all were young)