West Virginia WILD - Varmint Hunting
We were sitting on the shooting mat, the boys had finished their snacks and things had quieted down when I noticed a groundhog sticking out of one of the dens we were watching. It took a minute or so for me to point the hog out to the boys, but finally they both were watching it through their binoculars. The range finder showed the distance from us to the hog to be about 240 yards downhill. The boys continued to watch the hog while I squirmed into a prone shooting position on the mat. Finally, I had the hog in the scope and the crosshairs settled on his shoulder. A little pressure on the trigger and the afternoon silence was broken with the sharp crack of the rifle. The hog never moved and the boys said “you missed him.” I told them to continue watching. In a couple of seconds the hog’s tail came up signifying an instant death. The boys jumped up, grabbed a little piece of rope and took off to get the hog and drag it back to our position on the hill. That was the beginning of a good evening of hunting in July.
As we near the heart of summer we need to point out that there are options for our hunters and anglers. Point is, not all of our sportsmen and women fish and some love to hunt instead. But with the closing of the regular hunting season in February, many mistakenly believe their guns have to be put away until this coming September.
Varmint hunting and recreational shooting are very viable options for West Virginians.
– stories by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro