From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- The 2011 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook brochure is now available at hunting license agents, Division of Natural Resources offices and online.
Since 1970, the Wildlife Resources and volunteers from numerous agencies have conducted a fall mast survey to determine the abundance of mast produced by 18 species of trees and shrubs.
Production of acorns and hickory nuts are well below the 41-year average and will have noticeable effects on the 2011-2012 hunting seasons. However, beechnuts and walnuts were well above their long-term average.
The agency advises hunters to scout and consider the type and amount of food available in the areas they hunt. Certain species of wildlife will move larger distances in search of food because of the reduced amount of mast in 2011. Information analyzing mast conditions and wildlife harvests is also available on the website.