West Virginia Archery Seasons Open Oct. 16th

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The 2010 West Virginia big game archery seasons open Oct. 16, 2010, offering some of the best deer and bear hunting opportunities in the eastern United States, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Deer – The statewide traditional deer archery season opens on Saturday, Oct. 16, and runs through Dec. 31. Bowhunters are reminded that they have until Oct. 15 to purchase the additional archery stamps (Class RB/RRB). Up to three deer may be taken statewide during this season.

Bear – The statewide bear archery season also opens on Oct. 16, and runs through Nov. 20. Bear hunters are reminded that they are required to purchase a Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS) in addition to their base hunting license, in order to hunt. Two bear may be taken per year, provided that at least one bear is taken from Boone, Fayette, Kanawha or Raleigh counties. The use of dogs and bait while bow hunting for bear is illegal. Hunters are requested to provide a tooth from every bear and female reproductive tracts as part of an ongoing DNR bear research project. Successful hunters should contact their local DNR district office to make arrangements to have teeth and/or reproductive tracts picked up.

Boar – Wild boar archery season opens Oct. 16 and runs through Dec. 31. Hunters are reminded that the wild boar population remains low, as is reflected in the 20 wild boar taken by bowhunters in 2009. Hunters (resident only) are reminded that they may take only one wild boar per year and that the season is only open in Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties.

All big game animals harvested must be field tagged and checked at an official game checking station. More information on the deer, bear and wild boar archery seasons can be found in the 2010-2011 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations which are available at DNR offices, license agents and on the DNR website www.wvdnr.gov.