West Virginia revises deer hunting rules to cut population

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is giving hunters incentives to kill female deer instead of bucks in a move to reduce the animal's population.

The state Natural Resources Commission has created a new three-day firearm season for antlerless deer in late October, before mating season.

The commission also has increased the number of deer hunters can kill from one to two a day. At least one deer must be antlerless.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the changes are part of new hunting regulations approved Sunday.

Another change is a statewide bag limit of seven deer during urban hunting seasons. The regulation replaces municipal bag limits that varied from town to town.

Only two bucks can be killed during an urban season. The rest must be antlerless deer.

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