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Big Game Bulletin available to hunters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The latest edition of West Virginia's Big Game Bulletin is hot off the presses and available to hunters.

The 48-page booklet, created each year by state Division of Natural Resources biologists, reveals where hunters killed deer, bears, turkeys and wild boars during the 2012 big-game seasons.

"We gather a lot of data [from hunters' game-check tags], and we summarize that data in the Big Game Bulletin," said Chris Ryan, the DNR's supervisor of game management services.

"The Bulletin tells how many of each species were taken in individual counties or wildlife management areas, which seasons they were taken in, and what mode of hunting was used."

In addition, Ryan said, the lead biologists for each of the four big-game species write up a summary that tells hunters what happened during the season, updates them on any research involving the species, and what sportsmen might expect during future seasons.

DNR officials began producing the annual publication in 1971. They had 8,500 bulletins printed up this year, and those can be picked up at each of the six DNR district offices or at the agency's Elkins operations center.

An online edition is available on the DNR's website, www.wvdnr.gov. The link to the bulletin can be found on the Hunting Main Page. Because the publication is in Adobe Reader .PDF format, it can be viewed online or can be printed out on laser or ink-jet devices.

"The Big Game Bulletin is one of our premier publications," Ryan said. "It is a service to the state's sportsmen. We've found that a lot of hunters want to know how many animals were harvested in their area or during a certain season. This lets them know what went on."

Reach John McCoy at 304-348-1231 or johnmccoy@wvgazette.com.


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