Nov. 24 is opening day of the West Virginia's firearms season for deer. This opening day is followed by Maryland's opening on Nov. 29 and Pennsylvania's on Dec. 1. Many deer hunters from our area still hunt in all three states and get to enjoy the excitement of opening days times three.
Although factors such as a slumping economy can affect deer seasons, opening day is still special. In many rural areas, it's still kind of an event with convenience stores and camp grounds swarming with hunters making those last minute preparations.
The sales generated in many rural service businesses is as important as Christmas shopping is to the local mall. According to the West Virginia DNR, hunting related activities contribute more than $250 million to the state's economy each year. As a long-retired DNR employee used to say to me each fall, "That's a lot of flashlight batteries and Vienna sausages".