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DGIF Releases Statistics from the 2018 Hunting Season

24 February 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Last week, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries released statistics from the 2018 deer hunting season.

Just over 190,000 deer were killed during the 2018 hunting season, which ended on January 5th. The DGIF report found that, for the first time since crossbows became legal for all deer hunters in 2005, the number of deer that were taken with crossbows exceeded the number taken with traditional bows. The DGIF also found that firearm use accounted for 63% of the total harvest.

While numbers from Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah, Page, and Clarke counties were higher this year, the state’s deer harvest total is down from previous years. Deer Project Manager Matt Knox says this is likely due to heavy rain and high winds throughout the Commonwealth on several of the big deer hunting weekends, as well as a decline in licensed hunters as “baby boomers” continue to age and retire from the sport.

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