2017-11-22 / Front Page

Firearm deer season underway

West Virginia hunters took to the woods on Monday, November 20 for the first day of firearm buck season, which runs through December 2.

Approximately 330,000 deer hunters will be in West Virginia's woods this season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources predicts.

Sunday hunting is legal in all 55 counties on private land for those with written permission. This Sunday, November 26, is the only Sunday that falls within the two-week buck gun season.

State law says a hunter may harvest two deer per day, but only one antlered deer may be harvested per day. The first deer does not have to be electronically registered before harvesting the second deer in the same day.

All deer must be electronically registered and legally tagged before hunting another day. A hunter may take no more than three antlered deer per calendar year in all archery, crossbow and firearms seasons combined.

All hunters have to have an official DNR ID number to check game. The ID number is on hunting licenses or can be obtained by calling 304-558-2758 or logging on to wvhunt.com and providing the requested information.

Game may be checked by telephone at 1-844- WVCHECK, online at wvhunt.com or at any hunting license agent.

State wildlife officials predict the buck harvest will be close to what it was in 2016. Increased oak mast, especially white oak, will have deer spread out over the landscape and less visible in fields and less susceptible to bait.

Hunters interested in donating deer meat or money to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which distributes deer meat through the Mountaineer Food Bank and the Facing Hunger Food Bank, should call 304-924- 6211 or go to the DNR website to find a participating meat processor.

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