He also expects this to be a good year for the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which provides venison for needy families.
Hunters can donate a portion or all of a deer or simply donate money to the program. The meat is donated to certified processors, who turn it into two-pound packages of ground venison. The Mountaineer Food Bank and the Huntington Area Food Bank distribute the meat to qualified food pantries.
The program, which is in its 21st year, functions on monetary donations alone and is sponsored by the Division of Natural Resources, Murphy said.
"Hunters can donate deer or dollars," he said. "A large number of them donate both."
Last year, 20,184 deer were processed, for a total of 769,582 pounds of venison for needy West Virginia families. The program also served its 1 millionth meal in 2011, Murphy said.
Buck firearms season runs through Dec. 1 in all counties but Logan, Wyoming, Mingo and McDowell. There is no gun season in those counties, but archers can bow-hunt there on Nov. 25.
Sunday hunting is legal on Nov. 25 in 10 counties this year. Those counties are Boone, Clay, Lincoln, Wayne, Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Jefferson and Wetzel.
Monday also kicked off gun season for black bears in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming counties.
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