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WV hunters bagged some big bucks in 2018

Big bucks

During the 2018 season, West Virginia’s deer hunters bagged 85 bucks that qualified for the DNR’s Big Buck Certification Program. Seventy-three of the 85 bucks were killed in the state’s southwestern counties.

West Virginia’s deer hunters didn’t break any records in 2018, but they certainly managed to kill their share of trophy bucks.

Eighty-five bucks qualified for inclusion in the West Virginia Big Buck Certification Program, run by the state Division of Natural Resources. The program recognizes firearm kills whose antlers measure at least 140 inches and archery kills whose antlers measure at least 125.

Fourteen firearm kills earned Big Buck Certificates. The rest were killed by archers using conventional bows or crossbows. No muzzleloader kills qualified in 2018.

The highest-scoring deer taken overall, by quite a margin, was a big non-typical buck killed on Nov. 20 in Kanawha County by Glenn Pauley. The buck’s antlers totaled 196 4/8 inches on the Boone and Crockett Club’s measuring system.

The biggest gun-killed typical, which measured 170 2/8, was killed Dec. 1 in Fayette County by Jeffrey Bragg.

Among conventional archery kills, Donny Baisden’s 182 5/8-inch Logan County buck took top honors among non-typicals. The top-ranked typical, taken by David Miller in Boone County, measured 173 5/8, just three-quarters of an inch from cracking the state’s all-time Top 5 in that category.

Russell Mitchum topped the crossbow division with a Wyoming County typical that measured 147 6/8. There were no non-typical crossbow entries.

In all, 21 of the state’s 55 counties yielded bucks that qualified for Big Buck Certificates. Logan County topped the list with 18, followed by McDowell, 17; Wyoming, nine; Boone, seven; and Fayette, five.

Mingo, Webster and Kanawha counties yielded four trophies apiece; Raleigh, Jackson, Lincoln, Cabell and Nicholas had two each; and Clay, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Monroe, Ritchie, Upshur, Ohio and Putnam had one each.

The four counties closed to firearm hunting — Logan, McDowell, Wyoming and Mingo — produced 48 of the 71 archery or crossbow kills (67 percent). Seventy-three of the 85 statewide kills came from counties south of Interstate 64 and west of Interstate 77.

Reach John McCoy at johnmccoy@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1231, or follow @GazMailOutdoors on Twitter.

Funerals For Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Balser, Katheryn - Noon, Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

Craig, Lorene - 11 a.m., Levi First Missionary Baptist Church, Rand.

Dr. Crane, Vivian Frances - 1 p.m. Rainelle United Methodist Church, Rainelle.

Hall, Jesse - 2 p.m., Perrow Presbyterian Church, Cross Lanes.

Harrah, Sylvia - 5 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Krepps, Edna - Noon, Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Musick, Joann - Noon, O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Popp, Elizabeth - 11 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Albans.

Rogers, Pansy - 1 p.m., Wilson-Smith Funeral Home, Clay.

Sanders, Matthew - 2 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Willet, Linda Lou - 2 p.m., Willet Family Cemetery, Gallipolis Ferry.