Maybe I grew up in Mountain State watching the Highlander mascot shoot in the air after a touchdown, or maybe it was the simple fact that the first deer I ever caught with it. a gun was with a magazine in the muzzle. I am not sure exactly.

What I am sure is that I enjoy the deer hunting week with a muzzle loader the most of any deer season.

When I was a kid, deer hunting was almost entirely an early season archery hunt.

I was introduced to gun hunting later in my teens by a hunting mentor who took us through muzzleloading season and the timing was such that I immediately got hooked on the hunt.

Cold mornings, usually snow on the ground, fewer hunters in the woods and lots of deer to chase, all added to the thrill. And with a gun that took off with a big boom of smoke, even better to open a young man’s mind to the mysteries of white tail shotgun hunting after all these years hunting them with a stick and a gun. string.

Yet to this day I enjoy this time of year the most. I look forward to it every year – stepping out of traditional gear and walking in the hills allows my present to be connected to my past.

If you are interested in a late season deer hunting opportunity, this may be the season for you. Here are some details about the season of our WVDNR.

The West Virginia muzzleloading deer hunting season opens Monday, and hunters wishing to harvest an additional deer are reminded to purchase their RM or RRM stamp before the start of the season.

“Muzzleloading season offers a chance to pursue white tails with a gun when fewer hunters strike the woods compared to traditional male gun season,” said Holly Morris, assistant biologist at the wildlife of the WVDNR district. “In addition, there is an increased likelihood of hunting in the snow during the muzzleloading season. “

During muzzleloading season, hunters can harvest one deer on their base license and one additional deer if they purchase an RM class or RRM class stamp before the start of the season. RM is the designated stamp for residents and RRM is the designated stamp for non-residents. Non-resident hunters must also purchase a muzzleloading deer hunting stamp.

Muzzle-loading deer season rules and regulations

During the season, deer with antlers are legal in all counties that have a gun season, and deer of both sexes are legal in any counties or parts thereof that have an antler season.

Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming counties are closed to all firearm deer hunting, including muzzleloader season.

There are 10 counties or parts of these that require hunters to take an antlerless deer in the county, which can be taken during any regular deer season open to antlerless deer hunting, before killing a second deer. woodless in the county.

No more than three antler bucks can be harvested during the regular deer seasons and the highlander heritage season combined. All hunters in the field during that week are required to wear 400 square inches of Blazing Orange.

Hunters cannot substitute a bow or crossbow for a muzzle loader; however, simultaneous archery hunting is legal during archery season and is subject to all archery deer hunting regulations.

Concurrent waterfowl hunting is also legal.

For more information on the muzzleloading deer season and other hunting opportunities in West Virginia, hunters should read the West Virginia Hunting Regulations Summary 2021-22, available at WVdnr.gov . The muzzleloading deer season is open from December 13 to 19.