By LAURA ERNDE
Even though hunters bagged fewer deer than they did in 1995, last season was one of the best ever for hunters in the Tri-State area, wildlife officials said.
"I had great success," said Jamie Moran, 22, of Leetown, W.Va., who killed two bucks during bow season and one during rifle season.
In the seven-county Tri-State area in 1996, hunters killed 21,499 deer. That included 12,016 bucks and 9,483 does.
Although a county-by-county comparison was not available, wildlife officials in all three states said the deer kill was down slightly.
That's mostly because 1995 was a record year in all three states, officials said.
"It was bound to decline," said Bruce Whitman, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
That came as no surprise to John Riess, 28, of Waynesboro, Pa., who usually counts on bagging two deer, but was unsuccessful last year. He blamed his lack of success on an increased number of doe permits issued in Franklin and Fulton counties.