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Hunting season will soon be in high gear

September 24, 2011
By Kenneth Cobb , The Inter-Mountain

Squirrel season started two weeks ago. I have talked with a few people who have been hunting and some agree with me that it is just too early to be hunting squirrels.

One person told me that he could not get comfortable because it was just too warm. Another said that the leaves were just too heavy in the location he was hunting.

I have not heard reports of any hunting accidents with all these early hunting seasons. This is always good news if this is true. Maybe this is because of the low number of people who are actually hunting at the present time.

From some of the reports I have been getting about the mast situation this year, it appears that apples and wild black cherry are everywhere. Beech and hickory are also quite good, and just about all oak is spotty. I have to openly admit that I did not get my mast survey report from the Elkins Operations Center this year. I guess I'm finding out what people mean when they say, "I have too many irons in the fire."

The deer bow season opens Oct. 1. By now, all of you bow hunters should have your equipment fully tuned-up. It is really way too late to start practicing. That is something that should have been started during the summer months.

Speaking of practicing, all of the firearms hunters should be spending some time at one of the local shooting ranges. A good friend of mine who lives at Monterville tells me the new shooting range at Kumbrabow State Forest is really nice.

I have not made the time to try out this facility.

Like all years, there will be some novice hunters out with a gun. I have always been a bit leery about hunting with a beginner, particularly a teenager. However, the few beginning hunters I have taken with me over the years were cautious, considerate of others, and eager to learn about sport hunting.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the West Virginia Wildlife Federation, will be hosting the annual celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 24 and 25.

This event will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park near Weston. I have been to this gathering a few times and it is really time well spent.



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