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West Virginia Wildlife
Hunting Regulation Changes
Patrick McMurtry Big Changes Have Hunters Fired Up!

August 14, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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It's still Summer, but hunters around the state are getting ready to get out in the woods. Everyone knows we have some of the best hunting in the country, and things are getting even better. Chris Ryan, a biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains.

"We have a lot of new and exciting changes for hunters this year. One of the major changes hunters will be happy with is you can now kill 2 deer a day, provided only one is a buck. That goes across any season, so a bow hunter, gun hunter, somebody can harvest 2 deer a day and on top of that, they don't have to take the first one to the check station before they take the second one."

Two deer a day, but only one can be a buck, so keep that in mind. This is a big change and means a lot more time in the woods for people who may only have a limited number of days to hunt every year. Hunters are fired up over this major change.

"They are extremely excited about this. Say for instance, a bow hunter only has a couple of Saturdays a year they can go, they can harvest a doe or a buck in the morning and go out and get a second later in the day, provided they only get one buck a day. We've tried to make it as easy as possible." says Ryan.

There's another big change that will make it easier for hunters who previously had to choose between spending a day buck hunting or going after a bear. Now hunters in the mountain counties can do both at the same time.

"In 19 counties, from Grant to Greenbrier in our traditional mountain counties, we will have a limited bear season which runs concurrent to buck gun season. For the week of Thanksgiving and the week after, there will be a bunch of hunters given the opportunity to harvest a bear during the season, however if you're a landowner, prior application is required." says Ryan.

That means if you don't own the private land you're hunting on, you have to get an application, and you have to get it by August 19th, so don't put that off. Good luck, be safe, and see you at the check station.



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