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West Virginia Wildlife
Deer Hunting Forecast
Patrick McMurtry Take A Different Approach This Season

November 20, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


OK, you have a few days left to go out and scout for bucks. One thing's for sure, deer hunting is as popular as ever for folks around here. Heath Miles is a biologist with The Division of Natural Resources, he explains why hunters need to think differently this year.

"We're expecting 350 thousand hunters to hit the woods. The deer numbers are good but the mast situation is lower than average. We're expecting the deer to be more concentrated where food sources are available. The deer numbers are there, the hunters are there, it should be a good season."

The chances of you having a good season will increase dramatically if you do some scouting. Miles says this year, more than most, you need to go find a spot where you see food for the deer because they'll be more concentrated around those areas than they usually are.

"They need to burn up some shoe leather, get out and try to find those available food sources, fields, the soft mast did do alright this year, persimmon, cherry, but the acorns suffered so look for other food sources other than acorns." says Miles.

While the mast didn't do too well, this has been a great year for hunters even before they hit the woods. Changes in the regulations make things very attractive for those of you who decide to buy extra stamps. And by the way, the last day to buy your extra stamps is the 24th.

"The regulations this year, you're now able to kill two deer in one day prior to checking in. The hunter can kill two deer as long as one is an antler-less deer. We're also offering, in some counties, a concurrent bear gun season with the buck season. Ssome counties require permits so check the regulations prior to doing that. They are a lot more hunter friendly regulations." says Miles.

And remember, let folks know where you'll be hunting, were your blaze orange, be safe and have fun. I'll see you at the check station.

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