Hunters kill 37,277 bucks during W.Va. gun season, down 34 percent from 2014


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SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Hunters killed nearly 37,280 bucks during West Virginia's two-week firearm season. That's down 34 percent from the 56,523 bucks killed in the 2013 season.

Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro said Friday that bad weather and an excellent acorn crop this fall contributed to lower hunter success.

Preston County led the state with 1,531 bucks killed. Greenbrier County was second with 1,384, followed by Randolph County with 1,254, Lewis County with 1,159 and Ritchie County with 1,157.

Jezioro says the number of bucks killed decreased on all regions. The largest percentage decreases were in the state's western counties.

The buck firearms season ran from Nov. 24 to Dec. 6.

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