- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The opening of buck firearms season in West Virginia has tallied up a huge one-day harvest of whitetail deer: more than 20,000.

State wildlife officials say Monday’s kill was up 77 percent from last year. Chris Ryan is the Division of Natural Resources game management supervisor who monitored the hunt with a new electronic game-checking database.

From noon to 2 p.m., Ryan said some 2,000 deer an hour were being taken by hunters, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/1Oe9rGn).

Last year, the first-day total was 15,190. A key reason for the lower harvest was a bumper crop of acorns, which kept deer deep in the woods enjoying the bounty.

This year, a shortage of acorns scatted deer and into hunters’ sights.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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