The Monday of Thanksgiving week has been the opening day of the West Virginia firearms season for deer for as long as I can remember. The West Virginia opener (Nov. 19) is followed in Maryland on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) and Pennsylvania on Monday, Nov. 26.
Many hunters from our area still hunt on two or three of the opening days. Opening day is special; opening day times three is really special, because no matter how long you have been hunting deer, there is nothing quite like sitting in the predawn darkness, waiting for the first few moments of a new season.
Over the years, as deer populations increased and bag limits became more liberal, deer season seems to be a little less of an event. But it is still important to the many small businesses. In small towns across the region, quick stops and gas stations will be swarming with hunters making those last minute purchases. You can never have too many AA batteries or candy bars.