W.Va. Has High Hopes For 2009 Deer Season

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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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  • by MrAles Location: Parkersburg on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:14 AM
    It costs more for WV hubters to hunt in Ohio than Ohio hunters to hunt in WV.
  • by belpre resident Location: belpre on Nov 16, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    The cost of hunting in WV for out of state residents is so high. You have buy a hunting license along with various permits and tags. You would think that joining states would at least give some kind of break. With the deer population so high, the WV DNR would take that in consideration. If you travel along any major highway, or even some "back roads," you would have a visual aid of how over populated the problem is. There is practically a deer on the side of the road dead almost every 2-5 miles. But it is not only in WV, it is all over USA. This is sometimes due to high hunting costs past on to hunters/families, the cost is too high for some families to come up with to hunt and control the population better. Not all hunters can afford well over $50-90 for hunting licenses/permits/tags.
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