2013–2014 Deer Kill Summary
During the past deer season 242,734 deer were reported killed by deer hunters in Virginia. This total included 106,230 antlered bucks, 20,082 button bucks, 116,304 does (48%), and 118 "unknown" deer. The fall 2013 deer kill total was up 13% from the 215,241 deer reported killed last fall. It is also slightly above the last ten year average of 232,600 (up 4%).
Archers, not including crossbow hunters, killed 15,649 deer. The bow kill comprised 6% of the total deer kill. Crossbows resulted in a deer kill of 11,999 deer or 5% of the total deer kill. Muzzleloader hunters killed 53,649 deer or 22% of the total deer kill. Nearly 186,500 deer (77%) were checked using the Department's telephone and Internet checking systems. The youth deer hunting day in September resulted in a deer kill of 2,682 deer.
Total deer kill levels were up across all physiographic regions including Tidewater, Southern Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Southern Mountains, and Northern Mountains. Ninety of 97 deer management units (93%) had an increased deer kill total in 2013 over fall 2012. The 13% increase in the deer kill could possibly be related to a broad statewide hard mast failure. Data from previous years in Virginia indicates that when oak acorns are lacking, the deer kill tends to increase.
The Department's primary deer management effort over the past five to 10 years has been to increase the female deer kill over much of the state, especially on private lands. Female deer kill numbers have been at record levels for the past eight consecutive deer seasons. These high and sustained female deer kill levels are intended to eventually lead to a decrease in the statewide deer herd and a decline in total deer kill numbers.
Data presented in this summary are preliminary and do not include deer taken during the late urban archery or special late antlerless only deer seasons.
- Deer Kill Data, 1947-2012 (not yet updated with 2013-2014 data)
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