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West Virginia Wildlife
Bow Season
Patrick McMurtry Find Your Spot For Success

September 25, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


The air is crisp, the days are shorter and you're feeling a little antsy....it must be bow season. This year will be a little different than the last couple. Food isn't as plentiful for deer, but that could be good news for those of you looking to put a little venison on your table this year. Scott Warner, a biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains why this could be a big year for bow hunters.

"Archery season opens September 28. We're expecting 125,000 people to hit the woods this year. Mast conditions this year are not going to be as favorable but that will benefit the hunters. Because of the concentrations of deer this year, we should be able to locate more deer and deer numbers have been good this year. Between mast conditions, deer numbers being healthy and the recent change allowing deer hunters to get 2 deer a day, this has potential to be one of the best seasons in a long time." says Warner.

Now you can't just harvest any two deer, one has to be a buck, but either way, the bottom line is you can spend more time up in your stand. And speaking of tree stands, Warner has some tips on the best way to pinpoint just where you should hang yours this year.

"Acorn production is a little down, when that food source is not as good, you'll end up finding deer in concentrated areas. If you can go out before season and scout, there are some acorns out there. White oak is a little better than red this year, so if you can find that one or two out there with some acorns, that's where I'd be hanging my stand, that's where you will see a lot of deer. The first part of the season, I would be checking out fields." says Warner.

Hunter don't forget - Friday is your last day to purchase your additional deer stamps. So get your stamps, be safe and good luck.

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