W.Va. Has High Hopes For 2009 Deer Season

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia officials are forecasting a good hunting season, not only for thousands of hunters but also for the state economy.

The bucks-only firearm season, which lasts two weeks, begins Thanksgiving week.

Division of Natural Resources assistant wildlife chief Paul Johansen expects the year's kill to be up over last year.

Foul weather last year may have foiled some hunters, but Johansen says that means there will be more bucks in the field this year.

Deer season is also a major economic boost to the state.

DNR director Frank Jezioro estimates that deer hunting brings in about $250 million every year.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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