W.Va. buck season is right around the corner

November 14, 2018

The recent wind, rain and cooler weather have the trees dropping their leaves like crazy and opening the woods like a curtain being lifted at the theatre. The unveiling reveals our West Virginia woodlands like a scene in a great play. The playbill would read something like this:

“The location is your hunting grounds. The setting is a ridge and holler wooded landscape filled with crisp mountain air, crunchy leaves on the forest floor and a front row seat to the natural world. The main players are yourself, your rifle and a whitetail buck.”

That’s right, kiddos. It’s that time of year once again — West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season will start Monday, Nov. 19 and run through Dec. 1.

Like most folks who find themselves with too much on their plate, time tends to slip away quickly and the calendar days can slip up on me. I often find myself in a scramble a couple of days before trying to locate all my hunting gear that has somehow been scattered throughout my truck, the basement, my office, my home or on loan to my son, my brother, his son or a neighbor.

So when I received a note from our DNR to get ready for buck season, I thought, maybe it won’t happen to me again this season.

The note is a reminder, not that I would ever need reminding, but just in case here it is.

“If you haven’t already made plans for the season, it’s not too late to get started. As you wait for the season to open, we wanted to share a few reminders to help you prepare for this great Mountain State tradition!

• “Hunters should review the 2018-2019 Hunting Regulations.

• “The buck firearms season is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming.

• “Hunters must have an official DNR ID number to check game.

• “The season bag limit is two bucks (one on a base license and one on an RG/RRG stamp, which must be purchased by Sun. Nov. 18).

• “Hunters are required to wear an outer garment with at least 400 square inches of blaze orange.

• “Don’t miss out on this exciting hunting season. If you need to renew your license, visit wvhunt.com today so you’ll be ready to go as soon as opening day comes around.”

Thank you WVDNR for the reminder that buck season is right around the corner. That reminds me, I need to buy some 270 shells for my brother. I know he will forget his again this year. That is his longest-running deer camp tradition, forgetting to bring his ammo. Every year like clockwork.

Here’s to hoping you have a prosperous buck season in both the size of the antlers and the amount of fresh protein you put in your freezer. The West Virginia Buck Firearms Season is a tradition and is simply part of our state’s heritage. It is one event I plan on attending every year I’m privileged enough to be able to attend.

Chris Ellis of Fayetteville, W.Va., an outdoorsman and Marshall University graduate, is owner of Ellis Communications, a public relations agency serving the outdoor industry. Contact him at chris@elliscom.net.

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