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Hunters are gearing up for the first day of firearm hunting season in West Virginia, which takes place on Monday, Nov. 19.

The Division of Natural Resources wants to provide hunters with a checklist to stay safe and out of trouble.

Number 1: Familiarize yourself with your county's rules.

Rules change from county to county, so be sure to check.

Number 2: Baiting is frowned upon.

"Baiting for deer, although not specifically illegal, the law doesn't say it is legal," Taylor said.

Stores such as Cabela's or Gander Mountain sell corn or tracking feed in bulk.

Number 3: Dress accordingly.

Law states hunters must wear 400 square inches of blaze orange so hunters can spot each other in the woods.

Number 4: Get a license.

Hunters need permits to hunt in places other than their private property. Visit www.wvdnr.org to register.

Number 5: Don't over-exert yourself.

"Some folks been inactive all year, and they shoot a buck and try to drag it away and we see heart attacks. So just rest easy," Taylor said.

And finally ....Focus. Firearm season this year coincides with buck mating season.

That means the bucks dart too and fro, making them harder targets. Starting Monday, more officers from the Division of Natural Resources will be patrolling hunting areas.

Punishment for violating rules range from a ticket to an arrest, depending on the offense.