Statewide urban-hunt regulations allow hunters to take up to seven deer a year in urban hunts, and - with all the proper licenses - up to three during the youth/handicap seasons. Add in one deer each at the Blennerhassett Island, Stonewall Jackson and observatory hunts, and the state's theoretical bag limit skyrockets to 23.
Ryan said it's doubtful that any Mountain State hunter has ever killed as many as 10, mainly because of the time it would have taken.
"In addition, guys have their things they like to do," he added. "Some like the buck gun season, others like archery, others like muzzleloaders. A lot of guys cross over between disciplines, but for someone to do that and limit out is highly unlikely."
He said West Virginia's new regulation that allows hunters to kill up to two deer a day might boost the number of hunters who attempt to tag out.
"Ohio doesn't have a daily bag limit, and it certainly helped me to limit out over there last year. I was hunting on my mom's property, and in one day-and-a-half span I had four antlerless deer hanging. I ended up getting my limit of six."
In West Virginia, the number of people who kill more than one deer a season appears to be rising. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of hunters who killed two deer rose from 12 to 13 percent; the number who killed three rose from 4 to 6 percent; and the number who killed five rose from 1 to 2 percent.
"The good news is that more than half our hunters get at least one deer a season," Ryan said. "That's a pretty good success rate."
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