MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Anxious deer hunters on Sunday began preparing to enter the woods today in West Virginia for the start of deer season.
And state officials were on the lookout for hunters who were too anxious.
Officials received complaints Sunday about people hunting early and one man was cited in Mineral County, W.Va., for hunting in a closed season, said Capt. Jerry Jenkins of the state Division of Natural Resources.
At nightfall Sunday, DNR officials received a call about shots being fired in Morgan County, Jenkins said.
Hunting before the deer season begins is a problem every year, said Jenkins, adding that some people cannot wait.
"If the season started on the Fourth of July, someone would hunt on the third," Jenkins said.
West Virginia's bucks-only firearms season begins today and runs through Dec. 4.
Deer hunting in the state is a strong tradition and hunters contribute significantly to the state's economy, said Ed Hamrick, director of the DNR. The annual economic impact of the season is estimated to be $248 million, Hamrick said.