SOUTH CHARLESTON - Deer muzzleloader season will open Monday, a week earlier than in past years, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Muzzleloader season will run through Dec. 8.
Resident and nonresident hunters must purchase an additional deer muzzleloader stamp (Class RM and RRM) by Sunday, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of Wildlife Resources Section. Only one RM stamp (resident additional deer muzzleloader hunting) or one RRM (nonresident additional deer muzzleloader hunting) can be purchased.
The following muzzleloader hunting regulations apply:
* Class RM or RRM stamps may be used to take one antlered deer in all counties having a muzzleloader season. Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties do not have a deer muzzleloader season.
* If you are hunting in a county with a closed antlerless deer season or in a county that you had to apply for an antlerless season permit, then you are allowed to harvest only one antlered deer on the RM or RRM stamp.
* If you are hunting in a county with an antlerless season bag limit of one and you were not required to apply for an antlerless permit for that county or a county with an antlerless season bag limit of three deer, then you are allowed to harvest one deer of either-sex on the RM or RRM stamp.
For more information, consult the 2012-2013 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or go to www.wvdnr.gov.