Virginia game officials say hunting kills up

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia game officials say hunters took more game during the fall and winter season than the year before.

Deer and turkey kills were up, and the black bear harvest was the second-highest ever recorded, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The 2015-16 deer season saw 209,197 animals killed. That includes bucks and does.

As for bear, a total of 2,331 were taken during the season. Some 30,780 resident bear licenses were issued, while non-residents were issued 926 licenses.

The turkey hunting season saw 3,283 of the birds killed. Game officials say Virginia’s turkey population is at modern record levels.

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