PERSPECTIVE: Ethical argument surrounding West Virginia teen killing piebald deer needs an injection of morality

There’s been a lot of controversy around Spring Hill Mountain in Kanawha County, W.Va., in the last week surrounding a young man — a 17-year-old to be exact — and a piebald deer.

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PERSPECTIVE: Alarm bells are already going off at the end of the West Virginia buck gun season

I’m concered about what the preliminary whitetail deer harvest numbers are going to show in West Virginia. Since 2008, the Mountain State has seen a steady decrease in harvested deer – something I’ve touched on before – and after speaking to fellow hunters since bowseason opened in September, I have a gut feeling that trend is continuing.

Several factors play into this, but I’d like to touch on two that I think are the most important. 

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West Virginia whitetail harvest over last decade sees drastic decline

A change is happening in the Mountain State, and it isn’t good. 

West Virginia is known for a lot of poor qualities when put up against the other 49 states, but something that a lot of people aren’t talking about is the consistent decline of whitetail deer harvests. In 2008, hunters totaled 163,603 kills across the four month season. A year later, they only tallied 155,214, and in 2010 that number plummeted to 106,499, a 31.4 percent decrease. Since then, they’ve only surpassed the 140,000-mark once. 

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