West Virginia hunters are reminded that the deer muzzleloader season will open one week earlier this year than in past years, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The deer muzzleloader season will run from Dec. 3 through Dec. 8.
This means that resident and nonresident hunters who are interested in purchasing an additional deer muzzleloader stamp (Class RM and RRM) have until Dec. 2, the day prior to the season opening, to make that purchase. Only one RM stamp (resident additional deer muzzleloader hunting) or one RRM (nonresident additional deer muzzleloader hunting) can be purchased.
Hunters are reminded of the following muzzleloader hunting regulations relating to the Class RM and RRM license:
-- Class RM or RRM stamps may be used to take one antlered deer in all counties having a muzzleloader season. Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties do not have a deer muzzleloader season.
-- If you are hunting in a county with a closed antlerless deer season or in a county that you had to apply for an antlerless season permit, then you are allowed to harvest only one antlered deer on the RM or RRM stamp.
-- If you are hunting in a county with an antlerless season bag limit of one and you were not required to apply for an antlerless permit for that county or a county with an antlerless season bag limit of three deer, then you are allowed to harvest one deer of either-sex on the RM or RRM stamp.
For complete information, hunters should consult the 2012-2013 West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations summary or by visit www.wvdnr.gov.