West Virginia whitetail harvest over last decade sees drastic decline

Deer, Hunting

A change is happening in the Mountain State, and it isn’t good. 

West Virginia is known for a lot of poor qualities when put up against the other 49 states, but something that a lot of people aren’t talking about is the consistent decline of whitetail deer harvests. In 2008, hunters totaled 163,603 kills across the four month season. A year later, they only tallied 155,214, and in 2010 that number plummeted to 106,499, a 31.4 percent decrease. Since then, they’ve only surpassed the 140,000-mark once. 

Five years after closure, West Virginia DNR Director Stephen McDaniel not giving up on Pedlar WMA shooting range

Recreation

OSAGE, W.Va. – Through the rolling hills and country churches of Pursglove and Jere, well-intentioned folks don’t have many recreational opportunities when traveling down the Mason Dixon Highway. But nestled among private lands is one of West Virginia’s most beautiful and secluded wildlife management areas.