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West Virginia Wildlife
Bow Season
Patrick McMurtry Regulation Change Means More Hunting Opportunities

September 26, 2012
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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If you're like me, you've spent some time over the last couple of months tuning up your bow, getting in some target practice and doing a little scouting-now it's showtime! And thanks to a big change in the hunting regulations, you're getting a little extra time to bow hunt.

Scott Warner, a biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains the changes. "Archery season starts September 29th, it's the earliest it's ever been in the history of West Virginia in terms of having a regulation archery season. The expanded archery season is to provide additional opportunities for bow hunting. We've opened it up two more weeks and we're hoping to encourage parents to get their kids involved."

While the earlier season is nice, you really need to pay attention to the regulations and follow the rules. Remember, the earlier season means time's running out to get your license and additional deer stamps.

"In addition to opening up for deer on the 29th, we are also opening bear archery early this season and both deer and bear seasons will run through the end of the year. We are encouraging people to purchase their license and stamps this week, if they don't buy their stamps this week, the 29th will be too late, especially for the deer hunters to take advantage of those early opportunities." says Warner.

If you are hunting this year, make sure you follow all the safety rules and make sure your tree stand, bow, and the rest of your gear is in working order before you take off for the woods, because once you get there, you can expect to see some nice sized deer.

"In terms of buck size, it looks like antler development is pretty good, there are some nicer bucks out there this year. This is a good year for buck hunters, and with the extra days, we are hoping people take advantage and get their does early and concentrate on bucks during the rut." says Warner.



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