Photo: Eddie Ferrari
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"We will be presenting more conservative antlerless regulations in many areas of the state as driven by the guidance afforded by our operational plan," said DNR Game Management Chief Paul Johansen.
Johansen and his staff made those recommendations on Sunday to the Natural Resources Commission during their quarterly meeting in
The 2011 proposals call for 47
Nine counties will require hunters to apply for a limited permit with a season bag limit of one: Barbour, Braxton, Cabell, Grant, and Tucker.
Twelve counties have unlimited permits, but a season bag limit of one antlerless deer: Calhoun, Gilmer,
Thirteen counties have a bag limit of two antlerless deer with unlimited permits: Brooke, Doddridge, Hancock, Hardy (South of Corridor-H and a portion of 55), Harrison,
Nine Counties are proposed to have a bag limit of four-antlerless deer with unlimited permits: Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy (North of Corridor-H and parts of Route 55), Jefferson, Marshall, Mason,
Johansen isn’t concerned about the numbers of deer. He stands behind the DNR’s operational plan and believes it has served the state well. He says the adjustments in the antlerless bag limits and locations are a reflection of what’s called for in the operational plan.
"We had a 30-percent decline in the buck harvest, but I’m convinced we didn’t have a 30-percent decline in the deer herd," said Johansen. "I think there were a number of factors that contributed to that decline–and certainly some were our management objectives where we targeted for reduction in some parts of the state."
The lowered number of deer killed has drawn fire from some sportsmen on the DNR’s plan.
"Now is not the time to panic. Now is not the time to pull back on all of our antlerless deer regulations," he said.
The DNR’s proposals are not set in stone until a vote by the Natural Resources Commission and all are open to comment during the upcoming sectional meetings around the state in March.