ELKINS - Buck season officially opened in West Virginia Monday morning, and many residents happily spent part of the day at their favorite hunting spot.
Although it is difficult to make projections based on early results, the number of deer killed Monday seemed lower than normal to some hunting enthusiasts.
"The amount (of people) getting into hunting isn't as much as it used to be," said Jim Wheeler, owner of Wheeler's Sporting Goods. "A lot of people don't get to hunt until Thanksgiving Day so more people could come out Tuesday and Wednesday."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean
Hunter Bryan Hoffman of Scott Depot checks in his 10-point, 150-pound deer Monday at Middle Mountain Sporting Goods in Elkins.
Local check-in stations reported a steady flow of deer being brought in through 4 p.m. Monday.
In Randolph County, both Middle Mountain Sporting Goods in Elkins and Bill's Place in Mill Creek reported 24 deer checked in.
In Barbour County, Butch's Pub and Grill in Philippi reported 40 deer checked in, while Good 2 Go reported a total of 24.
Tucker County reported 32 deer checked in at Little Andy's Restaurant in Parsons and 27 at BFS Foods in Davis.
In Upshur County, Arlington Mini Mart in Rock Cave reported 44 deer checked in and Rick's Taxidermy in Buckhannon had seen 27.
Many representatives of the local check-in stations said they believed the number of deer would begin to rapidly increase starting at nightfall Monday and heading further into the holiday week.
It is yet to be determined if the cold and inclement weather expected this week will be a factor in the number of hunters this year.
The cold may even be considered a positive by some.
"Everybody likes different types of weather," Wheeler said. "People don't enjoy hunting near as much when it is warm out and they have to worry about their meat spoiling.
"It may be too cold to work, but it's never too cold to hunt," Wheeler said.
The maximum season bag limit for Barbour, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur counties is two bucks per hunter.