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It’s time to apply for antlerless season

Applications for the 2017 antlerless deer season in limited areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com. To apply for one of these limited antlerless areas, hunters must use the new Electronic Licensing System.

This year, 10 counties, along with 10 wildlife management areas, will be open to limited antlerless deer hunting. Pendleton and Pocahontas Counties are on this list. Some of the WMAs in this generalized area include Blackwater in Preston and Tucker counties, Calvin Price State Forest in Pocahontas County, Kumbrabow State Forest in Randolph County, Little Canaan in Tucker County and Seneca State Forest in Pocahontas County.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail during the first week of October. Hunters who want to enter as a group must know the other hunters’ ID numbers to be able to enter this computer lottery. Hunters can also call their local DNR district office for assistance with this application process.

For complete information about the various antlerless deer seasons in West Virginia, I recommended that all antlerless deer hunters consult the 2017-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which should be coming out sometime next month. It will also be available online at www.wvdnr.gov and anywhere that sells hunting licenses.

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Two massive shootings this past Wednesday have dominated most of the news reporting for the past few days. The first happened in Alexandria, Virginia, at about 7:15 am (local time). The Congressional House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise, was critically wounded from this attack. Two Capitol Hill Police and two others were wounded when the gunman opened fire on congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game. The gunman was killed when police officers returned fire.

The second shooting took place in San Francisco, California, at a United Parcel Service package facility. This shooting spree has left four dead, which includes the shooter. Two others were wounded in the shooting attack. Five others were injured trying to escape from the gunman, according to the San Francisco City Police.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, arrived at Alexandria and quickly told reporters this is not the time to discuss the gun issue. However, at a later press conference, McAuliffe was asked by a reporter, “Governor, in general do you think anything more needs to (be done) to protect politicians?”

Here is when McAuliffe stopped talking about this massive shooting attack and started talking about one of his favorite topics. He began by saying, “Let me say this, I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens … there are too many guns on the street.”

He later went on to say, “We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence.” McAuliffe realized he had made a mistake and corrected himself, saying that he meant 93 individuals a day.

The gunman at the Alexandria massive shooting was from the greater Chicago area. It was revealed Wednesday night that he was extremely bitter about the results of this past presidential election. If this is his motive or reason for this assault, then this person is just simply an anarchist. Now, the question I have is this: How many more malcontents are out there who are eager and ready to “copycat” this situation or do something else that is rebellious because they are dissatisfied in the results from this past election?

In San Francisco, the police have identified the shooter and have found out that he had a history of mental illness. If this is the case, then just how did this person get hold of a gun, particularly in a state that has some of the strictest gun laws of any state in the nation?

The gun control issue will most likely be a topic for discussion in the next several weeks at about all levels of government. Here is where gun owners need to let their servants in government know how they feel on this subject.