VIRGINIA

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

The state is trying to decrease the deer herd in the western region by increasing the number of days where does are legal game. State deer biologist Matt Knox reports a stable deer herd approaching 1 million; last season's harvest exceeded 214,000. With liberalized doe limits, odds are good that the harvest figure will increase. Knox recommends the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, especially along the West Virginia border counties. In the southwest, counties include Nelson, Bedford, Franklin, Patrick and Floyd. Contact: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (804-367-1000; www.dgif.state.va.us).

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