Other high finishers included Roane, 29 percent; Ritchie, 28 percent; Braxton, 27 percent; Lewis, 26 percent; Pocahontas, 25 percent; and Hardy, Lincoln and Mason, 24 percent.
Counties with the lowest percentages of hunters included Hancock, Ohio and Mingo at just 4 percent each; Cabell, 6 percent; Jefferson, 7 percent; and Kanawha and McDowell at 8 percent each.
The survey also broke out each county's percentages by the species they hunt.
Calhoun County boasts the highest percentage of deer hunters. Thirty-seven percent of the county's respondents said they pursue whitetails. The next-highest percentage, 32, came from Webster County. Other top finishers were Wirt, 29 percent; Ritchie, 27 percent; Lewis and Doddridge, 26 percent; and Randolph and Tucker, 25 percent.
The lowest percentages of deer hunters were found in Hancock County, 2 percent; Ohio County, 3 percent; Mingo County, 4 percent; and Kanawha and Cabell counties, 5 percent.
Among respondents who identified themselves as hunters, the percentage that hunted for deer ran close to 100 percent regardless which county they lived in. High percentages of spring gobbler hunters showed up in Summers County, 60 percent; Nicholas, 57 percent; Monongalia, 55 percent; Mineral, 54 percent; and Cabell, 53 percent.
Interestingly, the highest percentage of bear hunters, 40 percent, showed up in Wyoming County, one of the state's non-traditional bear-hunting counties. Other high percentages were found in Pocahontas, 33 percent; and Pendleton and Gilmer, 25 percent.
Researchers found the highest concentration of fall turkey hunters in Nicholas County, where 43 percent of hunters participated in the autumn season. Other top fall turkey counties included Grant and Morgan, 40 percent; Monongalia, 38; Harrison, 35; and Pocahontas and Marion, 33.