It’s deer season and I’ve gone hunting

By Roger Wolfe Outdoors Columnist

We are sorry to inform you that the regularly scheduled edition of this little slice of life in the outdoors cannot be brought to you due to the lack of cell phone service, internet connection, electricity, and pretty much anything else technology related at deer camp.

It is with great pleasure that we can assure you that it will return with many more stories from the field once the urge to go forth and procure meat from the mountains has been satiated.

Luckily, it will not be lonely in the deer woods, even though there will be less than a full bar of cell service. Each fall some 300,000 plus hunters take to the woods of the Mountain State in search of wild venison. Most of which will be out and about on the opening day of the West Virginia Firearms deer season (November 23).

Some hunters are successful, some are not, but all are out to enjoy the wilds that Mother Nature has provided for us. Last year during the firearm season some 37,450 antlered bucks were harvested. Those harvested combined with all other seasons accounted for a total of 104,707 deer taken in the state.

That equates to about one deer for every 140 acres of habitat in the state. That is a pretty good ratio if you are looking for the original fast food. No wonder the world comes to a near standstill for the first day of “DEER Season.”

Even though last year’s harvest numbers were down from the previous year by almost 31%, a fair amount of hunters had success and their impact in the economy was felt whether they were successful or not. Many mountain towns and communities grow in size the week of Thanksgiving each year thanks to hunters and their families.

This is a huge boost to those local cash flow systems and is why many locals cater heavily to the hunters when they arrive. A drive through the nearest hunting town and you will see plenty of signs in store fronts and restaurant windows welcoming all the hunters to come and shop or dine with them.

Hunters even affect the local school calendars. It is hard to have class back at school when half of the students and most of the staff are gone off to deer camp. Many school systems around the state cancel classes for the entire first week of the season due to this phenomenon. Oh, and that Thanksgiving Holiday at the end of it helps, too.

So in-light of all of this evidence, it should be no surprise that a few things such as an outdoor column may get up-ended by the big event. Heck, most readers may not even be around to notice that the column was “Gone Huntin!” as it were.

With a little luck things will settle down and get back to normal once the” Buck Fever” has subsided and there are a few more packs of venison safely tucked away in the freezer. Hopefully, all of those hunters will have a little more to be thankful for by this time next week. There might even be a wall hanger or two headed to the taxidermy shop.

If by chance you take a moment to read this before you head off to deer camp, “Good Luck and Stay Safe!” Wishing all hunters the best in the upcoming “DEER Season” and we promise to bring you the regularly scheduled dose of the outdoors as soon as possible.

By Roger Wolfe Outdoors Columnist Roger Wolfe Outdoors Columnist
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