I'm headed down to the Mountaineer State for a few days of R&R next week. Looking forward to getting into the mountains, and reconnecting with old friends in Pendleton County. Good luck, and travel safe to those making the trek.
I will be heading down to WV next week for the Thanksgiving Holiday with family. Unfortunatley I don't hunt when I go there every year but I do always look forward to the tripto the mountainous area. We go the Berkeley Springs area. I enjoy talking hunting stories with my family while there and it just seems to be a pre-vacation leading into my rifle season vacation.
I'm heading down there next week to give it a go, never been but I figured I'd give it a shot since a buddy of mine lives down there just east of Morgantown.
There are a few WMAs I'm looking at - Cheat Canyon, Snakehill, Upper Decker, Beech Fork - anyone have any familiarity with those or others nearby that they would recommend? I've been going over topo maps for the area and fortunately I'll have one full day to devote to scouting when I get down there, but I'm mostly going in blind.
I'm taking my climber with me but I may just leave it in the car and hunt from the ground. Plus I'd like to get away from any crowds so I'm planning to travel lite. Would appreciate whatever insight you guys are willing to share!
I went to WV for the first day. We left Bedford County at 5 on Sunday morning, and got to Keyser just as the sun was coming up. We saw 30-40 deer out in the fields as we traveled down the road. I stopped a couple times to try and get a picture of a couple of the bucks.
This guy was a couple hundred yards out, tracking a doe.
A little further down the road, we came across another buck looking for love.
After getting set up for the opener, I stopped for gas. As I was standing there, I caught a quick glimpse of another small buck out trolling.
It seemed as if we'd really hit the rut while it was in full swing. Monday morning opened pretty quite. I'd heard a couple shots just after sun up, but our party was quiet. I was making my way across the top of the mountain. Finally, about 9:30 a couple doe came charging my way. I was hoping they would run down the mountain to my 82 year old hunting companion. But, as deer so often do, they ran the other way. Then, I can see another deer coming, nose to the ground. It circled out in front of me a few times, trying to pick up the hot doe. I picked out spot, and shot. I was confident of the hit, but it took off down the mountain. I put the finishing shot in him a couple minutes later. After gutting the buck, I drug him down to the main road. My season was over. We decided to come home on Tuesday morning. I left the deer with my buddy, as he only saw a couple doe, and couldn't get a shot. I brought the rack and the memories home with me.