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From the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - Deer, Bear, Turkey Harvest Data AnnouncedRichmond, Virginia – Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have compiled preliminary figures for deer, bear, and turkey harvests for the 2013-14 fall/winter hunting seasons. The deer, bear, and turkey harvests all reflected an increase from last year. A poor acorn crop across the state coupled with management actions to meet population objectives all factored into fluctuations in populations and harvest trends. The harvest figures continue to indicate that good hunting is available across the Commonwealth for these popular game species. Data presented in these summaries are preliminary.

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During the past deer season 242,734 deer were reported killed by deer hunters in Virginia. This total included 106,230 antlered bucks, 20,082 button bucks, 116,304 does (48%), and 118 “unknown” deer. The fall 2013 deer kill total was up 13% from the 215,241 deer reported killed last fall. It is also slightly above the last ten-year average of 232,600 (up 4%).


Archers, not including crossbow hunters, killed 15,649 deer. The bow kill comprised 6% of the total deer kill. Crossbows resulted in a deer kill of 11,999, or 5% of the total deer kill. Muzzleloader hunters killed 53,649 deer, or 22% of the total deer kill. Nearly 186,500 deer (77%) were checked using the Department's telephone and Internet checking systems. The youth apprentice deer hunting day in September resulted in a deer kill of 2,682, a 36% increase over last year's kill of 1977 during the youth deer hunting day. This year was the first year where apprentice hunters could also participate on the youth day.


Total deer kill levels were up across all physiographic regions including Tidewater, Southern Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Southern Mountains, and Northern Mountains. Ninety of 97 deer management units (93%) had an increased deer kill total in 2013 over fall 2012. The 13% increase in the deer kill could possibly be related to a broad statewide hard mast failure. Data from previous years in Virginia indicate that when oak acorns are lacking, the deer kill tends to increase.

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118 "unknown deer" ?? WTF? I'm not sure which bothers me more... the fact that someone could not identify male or female, or that it happened 118 times!
 
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