WV Wildlife: Mountaineer Heritage Season

Eyewitness News Meteorologist and WV Wildlife reporter Brandon Stover, fires a 50 caliber muzzle loader at the Putnam County Gun Club range. (WCHS/WVAH)

It's a blast from the past.

Our forefathers used muzzleloaders hundreds of years ago to put food on the table and to settle differences on the battlefield.

But the history of this shooting is too important and too genuine to forget; that's why our West Virginia DNR has added a new season here in January--Mountaineer Heritage Season.

It's for those who want to hunt deer and bear a more primitive way. As long as you have a 2019 hunting license--and are either using a muzzleloader, longbow or recurve bow--you can enjoy this four day event.

As for learning the basics? We couldn't think of a better person to learn from than Jim Swan--he's been around muzzleloaders his whole life.

"This is the powder flask like they used to carry with their muskets in the civil war", explained Swan at the Putnam County Gun Club.

And thanks to Jim, I had a much better understanding of how these fascinating guns work. That's not to say I was a sharp shooter, though!

If you do decide to hunt during Mountaineer Heritage Season, don't forget the blaze orange, as it's still required. And like Buck Firearms Season, using a gun is still prohibited across the southwestern counties of Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming.

"Actually more accurate than most modern guns if they are loaded right with the right caliber", said Swan.

Be safe out there and best of luck!

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