The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources has released the preliminary numbers for the recent two-week firearms season and the number are interesting and very telling.
This year's overall buck kill total was 56,347. This is down 12 percent from the 2004, which was not a good year. The numbers for the past five years show a declining trend, which does not bode well for future seasons.
The DNR has its own spin on the preceding numbers, but any knowledgeable person can see that the number of bucks available to hunters in West Virginia is down significantly.
The antlerless deer harvest during the two-week buck season was also down significantly, from 44,297 in 2004 to 27,790 this year.