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Buck, Antlerless Gun Seasons to Open November 19

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West Virginia's traditional antlered (buck) gun season will begin on Monday, November 19, according to a news release from the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources.

"Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2012," said Taylor. "Because our traditional November firearms deer season opens the Monday before Thanksgiving every year, the season opening can be as early November 19 and as late as November 25. This year is one of the early opening years, which is closer to the peak deer rut. This date gives hunters an advantage because bucks are more vulnerable to being harvested closer to the rut."

Resident hunters who want the extra buck should purchase the Class RG stamp, which much be purchased prior to the beginning of the season and costs $21. Officials said the stamp must be accompanied by a Class A and CS, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ or free license.

Nonresident hunters wanting an extra buck must purchase a RRG stamp for $43 prior to the beginning of the season, officials said.

Antlerless deer firearm season opens November 19 on private land and selected public lands.

To help hunters prepare for the seasons, the DNR has put together a fact sheet, which can be viewed by clicking the link to the right of the story.