CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's ninth urban deer hunt again killed a record number of deer, and South Charleston officials have reported success in that city's first-ever hunt.
In Charleston, 139 registered hunters took at least 100 deer -- 34 bucks and 66 does -- during the urban deer season, which ran from Sept. 7 to Dec. 31.
Hunters in Charleston have 72 hours to report a kill, meaning the final count could increase for any animals killed on Dec. 31 and reported today.
Regardless, the count of 100 deer breaks the previous record of 93, which was set in 2011. Last year, 130 registered hunters took a total of 83 deer.
This year, 25 properties were available for hunting in Charleston -- an increase from 22 in 2012 (Click here to see a breakdown of deer kills by property).
In terms of deer killed per acre, a parcel at Overbrook and Hickory Road was the 2013 hotspot, with nine killed on the 5.52-acre property.
By the same statistic, parcels at 900B Centers Road (a newcomer this year) and Angel Terrace took second and third place, respectively.
George Daniels owns the Overbrook and Hickory property. He said the hunt is helping to control the deer population.
"There has definitely been a reduction in the number of deer we see here," he said.
Daniels said he noticed an uptick in deer activity on his property after dog leash laws were enacted.
"We saw lots and lots of deer year after year," he said. "I'd say we only see half as many now."
As for the hunters who use his property, Daniels said it's been a positive experience.
"I have superb hunters," he said.
At-large Republican Councilman Tom Lane said the hunt is "good public policy" in terms of trying to thin deer herds in urban areas, recreation and donated meat that is used to help feed needy families.
"I think the urban hunt is something highly sought after by hunters," he said. "We have a lot of people that have applied and engaged in hunting."