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Virginia hunters take 208,131 deer in 2020-21

During the 2020-21 deer hunting season, hunters killed 208,131 deer in Virginia, up less than 1 percent from the 206,976 deer taken during the same timeframe the previous season.

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources said the total included 100,821 antlered bucks, 1,117 bucks that had shed their antlers, 13,230 button bucks, 91,275 does (44 percent), and 1,748 deer of unknown sex.

In Gloucester, the total was 1,142 deer killed, down from 1,320 in the 2019-20 season, and included 489 antlered males, 120 male fawns, and 533 females. In 1947, the earliest year for which the state has records, the deer kill was 24 bucks.

In Mathews, the total for 2020-21 was 625 deer killed, including 219 antlered males, 78 male fawns, and 328 females.

This total was up from the 2019-20 harvest of 587 deer. In 1947, 16 bucks were reported killed in the county.

DWR said the data is preliminary and does not include deer taken during the late urban archery or special late antlerless-o...

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