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Offline David R.

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New hunting season in West Virginia
« on: July 13, 2018, 02:52:21 AM »
Every year our state dept. of natural resources sends our gun club (Mountaineer Flintlock Rifles) a questionnaire detailing all the proposed changes to hunting seasons and regulations and asks for our input. As corresponding secretary the job falls to me to complete and return the form. There is an area in the form seeking suggestions and last year I wtote a lengthy letter suggesting a special season for traditional weapons , i e traditional flintlock or sidelock percussion and long or recurve bows only. Well lo and behold we have a new 4 day season in Jan. called the “Mountaineer Heritage Season” dedicated to traditional muzzleloaders, longbows and recurves.
They didn’t accept my suggestion however to wave the blaze orange requirement, but its a start. Might spark some more interest in the traditional stuff, who knows?
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Offline David R.

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2018, 02:53:00 AM »
Oh by the way it is for deer and bear.
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Offline Martin S.

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2018, 02:53:44 AM »
Excellent!

Offline Silky921

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2018, 03:52:05 AM »
I think that's awesome. You never know what something like that could do for our hobby.

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2018, 06:02:16 AM »
great to hear.  Best of luck with it.
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Offline Matthew1969

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2018, 07:23:02 AM »
That is a win! Congrats!
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Offline J Henry

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2018, 12:58:21 PM »
  Now that you have it ,,all hunters need to stay united and support one another,or the anti's will unite to close it down.

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2018, 02:10:11 PM »
Good job David!!!!
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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2018, 08:42:35 PM »
Won't the bears be asleep in the dens in January?
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Offline J Henry

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2018, 10:20:31 PM »
Bears do not hibernate,they go into Torpor  even here in Maine they get up and move around.

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2018, 05:33:19 PM »
   David R way back when in Michigan that's how our season started. Then to sell more licenses. They started allowing scopes,sabots, an you know guns to the season. Took the fun right out of it.
  Hopefully your state will continue to honor this new season for a long time...!
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Offline David R.

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2018, 02:13:24 PM »
Oldtraveler, we do already have a muzzleloading season in December that has gone that way with the inlines and scopes etc.,. This new season is aimed at going back to be more traditional and states you must use a traditional side lock, flint or percussion. I would still like to see them remove the blaze orange law for it though so we could do some period hunts.
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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2018, 12:21:26 AM »
Thank you sir for a job well done.
I’ve always wanted to be able to hunt that time of year.
Yours truly
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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2018, 01:15:36 AM »
So far, Pa. has been hanging true to our after Christmas Primitive Flintlock Season, so far !!! Been a few changes, Peep Sights and use of Maxi-Balls etc, but the In-Line crowd has been kept at Bay. To be honest, I am seeing more and more Hunters participating in this Season than ever before.

Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2018, 03:33:57 PM »
There is a huge refuge (Wheeler Refuge, 35K acres) near Huntsville Al that has always limited deer hunting to flintlocks and any kind of bows. Access is walk-in or by boat so I haven't ever hunted there because I don't know the access points plus it is an hour drive away.

Offline bones92

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2018, 03:42:46 PM »
Our deer season in NC typically ends on January 1st (for most, if not all, regions, I believe) so it's usually a few weeks after that before the deer calm down.   By early December, the deer are so spooked that unless you are on low-pressure private land where they haven't been hunted hard all season, it can be tough to get a bead on one.

Our archery season starts mid-September, and then we have about 1 or 2 weeks in October for muzzleloading-only before the regular rifle season starts.

Offline Sweeney

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2018, 02:57:06 PM »
Very encouraging. Need to see more of this in other states. Well Done!

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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2018, 08:57:28 PM »
Wish they had that season when I hunted in WV with a friend.
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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2018, 01:15:26 AM »
I used to hunt WV in wetzel county every year for black powder season.  It made PA look bad with the number of deer we saw.  Used only flintlock but most of the locals I ran into had the in lines.  A few would have a sidekick percussion but not many.  The thing i liked about it, u didn't see many hunters in the woods.
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Re: New hunting season in West Virginia
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2018, 04:47:44 AM »
Oldtraveler, we do already have a muzzleloading season in December that has gone that way with the inlines and scopes etc.,. This new season is aimed at going back to be more traditional and states you must use a traditional side lock, flint or percussion. I would still like to see them remove the blaze orange law for it though so we could do some period hunts.

I hope Kentucky will do the same someday.  You all are very fortunate, even if you have to wear a blaze orange hunters frock :)