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WV hunters prepare for start of deer gun season

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CHARLESTON, WV -

Deer gun season opens on Monday, Nov. 25.  About 330,000 hunters will be prowling the woods in hopes of landing that trophy buck. Many are already out and about making final preparations.  For father-son duo Kenneth and Kevin Higginbotham, deer gun season is more than a sport, it's a long-time tradition.  

"My son and I have been hunting and fishing together since he was 12 years of age, and he is 48 years of age today," said Kenneth Higginbotham, a resident of Teays Valley.  

To prepare for opening day, the Higginbothams stopped by the store to pick up several essentials.  

"It starts off with proper clothing and the climate you're going to be hunting in," said Higginbotham. "We're picking out rainproof gear to prepare for the cold weather."  

Matt Leary, the general manager at Cabela's, said hunters should pick up their licenses and ammunition as early as possible to avoid long lines at the register. Hunters should also read over DNR guidelines.  

"Definitely want to make sure that you meet the minimum requirements for blaze orange," said Leary. "West Virginia requires you to wear a minimum of 400 square inches."  

The work doesn't stop there. Many hunters say they plan on using this weekend to scope out the land with their partners.  

"I just like getting with my friends and going places to hunt. It's a social event for me and the kids," said Mike Harbert, a Cross Lanes resident.  

Local businesses are also preparing for the start of the season. S& J Custom Meat Cutting plans on processing 300 deer on the first day of buck gun season.    

"There will be deer three wide on this wall and across the street. We'll have to pile them up waiting for skinners to get to them to process them," said Chuck Coffman, the owner of the business.  

Deer gun season in West Virginia runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 7. Hunters in WV harvested more than 56,000 bucks in 2012.