I still have the head cold that I got during the first week of buck season. Although the symptoms have abated somewhat, I have stayed indoors during most of the buck season. In the meantime, I did manage to get my flu and pneumonia shots this year (just not in time to prevent this cold).
The weather for most of the state during buck season has not been good. I heard on the radio this morning this could have a negative effect on this year's expected increased buck harvest. West Virginia deer hunters who have not been able to get a buck still have plenty of time to put venison in the freezer. Remember, you can't eat those antlers anyway.
Bow season will still be with us until Dec. 31. The anterless season remains in for next week and again for Dec. 24-27 in certain counties. The muzzleloader season starts Dec. 15 and runs through Dec. 20 statewide, except for Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties.
Muzzleloader hunters need to remember that in Randolph County only antlered deer are legal game with any firearm. Hunters who are after venison need to check out the antlerless season in adjoining counties such as Barbour, Pendleton, Tucker and Upshur. The Class N stamp only costs $10, plus a $1 fee.
As for myself, my hunting friends and I have permits to anterless deer hunt in the Stonecoal Wildlife Management Area. We still have to purchase our Class N license or stamps, and we are thinking about going over there sometime next week. I have never hunted in this location before, and I always enjoy seeing new places.
Last year, a friend of mine was over there and he said he enjoyed looking this place over. I was talking to him a few days ago, and he is looking forward to going back this year.
Good luck for the remainder of the deer season.