SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed fewer bucks and turkeys this year than they did in 2016.
Hunters bagged 44,455 bucks during the state's two-week firearm season that ended Saturday, and killed 948 turkeys during that season.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed fewer bucks and turkeys this year than they did in 2016.
Hunters bagged 44,455 bucks during the state's two-week firearm season that ended Saturday, and killed 948 turkeys during that season.
The Division of Natural Resources says data from the electronic game checking system shows hunters approached the total of 46,071 bucks taken last year.
The margin for turkeys, however, was greater, with hunters killed only 54 percent of the birds taken last year.
Wildlife Resources Section Chief Paul Johansen says there was good weather across much of West Virginia for hunters over the two weeks of deer season.
Muzzleloader hunting runs through Saturday. The traditional antlerless deer hunting season in selected counties is Dec. 14-16.
As for turkey hunters, the amount taken in 2017 was 23 percent below the five-year average.
Mike Peters, the division's game bird project leader, says they expected a decline, however, since last year's turkey population was bolstered by the emergence of the 17-year cicada, which young turkeys eat.
Last year was also the first time all 55 counties had at least a one-week season.
The 14 counties in West Virginia's central mountains with a four-week season accounted for 39 percent of this year's total.