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WV wild boar firearms season opens Oct. 23

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

-- West Virginia's wild boar firearms season runs from Oct. 23 through Oct. 30 in Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming Counties.            

The wild boar gun season is open to West Virginia residents only.

To hunt wild boar, hunters must possess one of the following licenses or license combinations: Class X, XJ, AB-L, A-L or Class A + BG + CS, or be exempt from purchasing a license. Boar of either sex may be taken; however, only one boar may be taken per year.

Each animal that is harvested must be field tagged and checked at an official game checking station in the county of kill within 24 hours of the time of kill.
           
Hunters harvested 35 wild boar in 2009 during the combined gun and archery seasons.  
       
"Wildlife biologists are predicting the 2010 wild boar harvest will be lower this fall," according to Curtis I. Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section chief. "Poor mast conditions in 2009 reduced reproduction, and this year's bumper crop of acorns will keep hogs widely scattered and more difficult to hunt."

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