(11/14/2011)
While most regional drivers have been dodging and darting the deer during rutting season, hunters are building anticipation for the opening of buck season.

West Virginia's buck season begins in less than two weeks.

The interest in hunting caused the closure of schools during Thanksgiving week, while school systems have had problems actually having 180 days of school in session each year.

The Division of Natural Resources said conditions are good for hunters this year, but not as good as last year.

Gun season for bucks starts Nov. 21 in all open counties. A concurrent antlerless deer season starts Nov. 21 on private land in open counties and Nov. 23 on public land in wildlife management areas.

Mast conditions aren't as good as last year, so deer will be more concentrated around specific food sources, says Taylor.

He said the lower number of kills and abundant food sources last year should result in more mature bucks this year.

Hunters can take an additional buck if they buy the appropriate stamp.

Residents will pay $21 for that license, while nonresident hunters will pay $43.


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