Deer hunters will be able to take advantage of an earlier opening date for antlerless deer hunting.

The season on private land will open Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27 this deer season in counties, or parts of counties, having a firearms antlerless deer season.

"There are several advantages to hunters and to deer management if hunters participate in this season," according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. "Many hunters may find the weather better for stand hunting since temperatures should be warmer than during late November and December seasons.

Hunters who hunt in one of the 10 counties where hunters are required to harvest an antlerless deer prior to taking a second antlered buck can take advantage of harvesting an antlerless deer.

The harvest of antlerless deer is the key to healthier and more productive deer herds, Taylor explained.

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