WEST VIRGINIA, (WVNS) — Today, January 10, 2019, kicks-off a new hunting season in West Virginia called Mountaineer Heritage Season.
Hunting in the 21st century is a sport full of compound bows and modern firearms. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is giving hunters the chance to get back to their roots with more basic gear. Division of Natural Resources Police Officer, Joshua Toner, said this is another chance to do what they love.
“It gives people one more opportunity to hunt before they put their hunting gear up for the season.”
Using percussion side lock rifles, flintlock rifles, long bows or recurve bows, hunters can pursue game the way it was done centuries ago. However, if you are in McDowell or Wyoming counties, you can only use a recurve or long bow.
“Those who enjoy the more primitive type hunting, gives them an additional opportunity for them without having to compete with other types of hunters,” Toner said.
Hunters are allowed to take one deer of either sex, and one black bear. It begins Thursday and will last through Sunday, January 13, 2019.
People need to have a 2019 hunting license, and the animals harvested during this season will be applied to 2018 bag limits. If you have already hit the bag limit for 2018, you can not participate in the heritage season.
Keep in mind the same rules and laws apply in this hunting season as any other season.
Officers with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources also created a video to answer questions regarding the new hunting season. You can find it here:
We’ll have more on this story tonight on 59 News.