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West Virginia Bow Season

October 22nd, 2008

Well, our bow season has come in here in West Virginia.  I didn’t even get to go out on opening day.  I did, however, make a trip to our camp for a couple of days of hunting this past Monday and Tuesday.  The deer around camp are plentiful enough.  We drove around (maybe 10 miles from the camp all together) and saw over 100 deer.  But, I only saw 2 deer from my stand.  It was quite depressing, especially since the area I was hunting has been very productive over the last several years.  There is plenty of sign around, telling me that there are plenty of deer, they just decided to avoid my stand for those two days.  Hopefully, I will have better luck later.  It is looking like I may not make it back up to camp until rifle season comes in.

I do have another small area to hunt, as a friend of mine bought a house with a little wood lot behind it.  He saw a small buck up there on opening day, but wasn’t able to connect on him.  I know there are some nice does up there, and would like to tag a couple for my freezer if I get the chance.  I also am hoping to do a bit of scouting around in a couple of local wildlife management areas that are with in driving distance.  With the high price of gasoline, it is harder and harder to drive 3+ hours to get to our camp.  It’s also been very hard to find the time to be able to do that!  It would be great to have a couple of places close by, where I could hunt in the morning, and still have time to get my work done.

I hope you all are having a good season thus far.  I have been out of town working for the last couple of weeks, so I haven’t had a chance to read up on blogs to see who has been successful yet.  If nothing else, I hope you all are enjoying the fall.  Our colors are brighter this year than they have been in several years!

4 Responses to “West Virginia Bow Season”

  1. Well, the good news is that with that much game nearby, it should only be a matter of time till they show up! I think I’d fall over dead from schock if I ever saw 100 deer in a one week time span around here!

  2. yeah, Tom, there are a lot of deer in the area. the biggest problem is that the buck/doe ratios are way out of wack (though they seem to be better the last few years). I can remember one deer season where I saw about 130 does before I saw the first buck. the state made the doe season a lot more liberal (we have 22 days this year, as opposed to 3 the year that happened) and it has helped some. I think we saw only about 8 or 10 bucks in the 100+ we saw last week. Some nights, it has seemed to be better, at a ration of 5 or 6 to 1.

  3. I know how hard it is to find time to hunt. With the little one arriving, I’ve hardly been out either. I guess it makes us appreciate the times we do get out that much more though.

    Good luck when you do get back out-even if it isn’t until rifle season.

  4. Glad to see you back Kris!

    There have been some hunters who are having a success or two. There have also been some great posts.

    The colors here in Northern Michigan are fabulous this year too. Vivid and bright and a lot more of the trees have changed. It’s wonderful.

    Good luck when you do go out again. Stay safe.

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