West Virginia wildlife officials have stretched the state's 2018 whitetail hunting season by creating a new season and extending an existing one into 2019.

The new season proposed by Division of Natural Resources officials is called the "Mountaineer Heritage Season." It will span from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2019. It is open to people willing to use primitive weapons including muzzle-loading flintlock rifles or recurve bows.

The officials also proposed splitting the state's existing archery-and-crossbow season for urban deer into two parts, with one starting in mid-January 2019. The Natural Resources Commission approved both proposals at a meeting in late April.

Some other changes include splitting wild boar hunting season into two segments and consolidating archery-and-crossbow season for black bears.

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