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Thirteenth city archery hunt yields report numbers

MORGANTOWN — Protected and profitable. 

That’s how Morgantown City Archery Hunt organizer Rick Bebout described the hunt’s thirteenth season, which concluded Jan. 31. 

It was additionally a report breaker. 

The 137-day season ended with a complete harvest of 142 deer, together with 29 antlered bucks. 

The earlier excessive was 137 deer in 2013. 

Serving to enhance the numbers this time round was the reintroduction of BOPARC properties to the hunt for the primary time since 2015.  

Dorsey’s Knob, Krepps Park, Marilla Park and White Park had been amongst 31 searching websites throughout town. 

The WVU Farm woodlot had the very best deer harvest complete, with 13 deer taken off that property. Behind that got here White Park (10) and Dorsey’s Knob (9). WVU’s Core Arboretum had eight deer taken, adopted by a listing of 5 properties, together with Krepps Park, with seven. 

“Our hunters donated 49 deer that yielded 1,478 kilos of floor venison, which matches to native shelters and to assist these in want in our neighborhood,” he mentioned. “The numerous factor about that complete is that it put us over the six-ton mark of donated meat over our 13-year historical past. So, we’re fairly happy with that.” 

Bebout mentioned there was some minor property theft of things like path cameras and tree stands, which he chalked up as one of many points widespread to city searching. 

“All in all, an awesome yr. We’re already within the planning levels for 2024, which is able to start on Saturday, Sept. 7,” he mentioned. 

Info and purposes for potential hunters in addition to property house owners will be discovered at morgantownwv.gov by following the “Residents & Guests” and “City Hunt” hyperlinks. 

Bebout mentioned the first attribute organizers are searching for in potential hunters is expertise. 

“This actually isn’t for brand new hunters,” he mentioned. “That’s actually the deciding issue.”