RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. — It will be back to the woods on Tuesday for thousands of hunters in West Virginia for the second day of bucks only gun season, the most popular hunting season in the Mountain State.
On Monday, thousands of deer were expected to be checked in statewide.
“Really, the first three days of the buck season is when we see the majority of our deer harvested,” and Paul Johansen, the assistant chief for game management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, said the first day is especially important. “There’s an awful lot of folks afield.”
Johansen was a guest on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline” from a deer checking and processing station, called Hunter’s Choice, in Raleigh County.
He said they would likely be very busy on Monday afternoon since, even though the weather was cold, there was no precipitation to keep hunters at home for the start of the season.
“By and large, the deer populations (in West Virginia) are at or, maybe, slightly above our management objectives in many areas of the state. It’s an extremely health deer population,” said Johansen.
Buck season continues through Dec. 7 in West Virginia.