Gun season opens
The West Virginia buck firearms season opened Monday and will be open until Dec. 6. It is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell, and Wyoming. Approximately 330,000 deer hunters will be in West Virginia’s woods during this season.
In 2013, hunters in West Virginia harvested 56,523 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, an increase of less than one percent from the 2012 harvest. This is three percent less than the five-year average bucks-only firearm season harvest of 58,070 and ranks 27th among all past years. WVDNR forecasts that the buck firearms season harvest should be similar to the harvest of 2013. The very bad weather during the first week of gun season in 2013 coupled with good reproduction three years ago should mean that there will be many older-aged bucks available in 2014.
Locally hunters checked in their deer on the first day at local checking stations: Blue Marathon reported 76; Conaway Lake Store, 10; Country Road Store, six; Main St. Quick Stop, 81; Meadville Mall, 68; NAPA Morgan Auto Parts, one; Par Mar #10, 40; Par Mar #8, 44.
Hunters who wish to donate deer meat or dollars to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which distributes deer meat through the Mountaineer Food Bank and the Huntington Food Bank, should call 304-558-2771 or visit the DNR website at “http://www.wvdnr.gov”>www.wvdnr.gov to find a participating meat processor.