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Bob Wise, Governor
Ed Hamrick, Director

News Release
For release: September 2, 2003

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-3380
Contact: Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief (304) 558-2771


2003 West Virginia Deer, Bear and Boar Archery Seasons to Open


  The 2003 West Virginia big game archery season opens Saturday, October 18, offering some of the best deer, bear and boar archery hunting opportunities in the eastern United States , according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section. More than 150,000 bowhunters will take to West Virginia 's woods and fields to pursue big game with a bow this fall.


   Deer archery season opens October 18 and continues through December 31 . The deer archery harvest is expected to be similar to that of 2002 when 37,144 were checked by bowhunters. However, bowhunters should check mast conditions in their favorite hunting area to locate areas where their probability for success is greater. Bowhunters are reminded that they have until October 17 to purchase their additional deer archery licenses (Class RB and RRB).


   Bear archery season runs from October 18 through November 22 . Wildlife biologists expect the bear archery harvest to decline slightly compared to last year when a record 725 bears were taken by bowhunters. Bear archery season is again open statewide in 2003 except for the Cranberry Closed Area, as shown in the 2003-2004 hunting regulations.


   Wild boar archery season opens October 18 and continues through December 31 . In 2002, nine boars were taken by bowhunters and wildlife biologists expect a similar harvest this year. The wild boar is possibly the most difficult big game animal to take with a bow. Hunters are reminded that they may take only one wild boar per year and that the season is only open in Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties.


  For more information on archery hunting opportunities in West Virginia , contact any DNR District Office or visit the website at .






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