- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - The state estimates that the West Virginia economy gets a big boost from the annual buck firearms season.

The Division of Natural Resources estimates that more than 330,000 hunters will spend a total of $230 million in the state during the two-week season, which begins Monday. That spending means $34 million in tax revenue.

The DNR also estimates that 5,700 West Virginians are employed as a result of the hunting industry.

The Exponent Telegram (https://bit.ly/1Xl2Ha9 ) reports that motels throughout the north-central region of the state are already booked.

Hunters travel from neighboring states to stalk deer in West Virginia woods.

Wes Garton owns the McFly Outdoors chain, and he recalls a hunter who drove to the state from Alaska to join in the hunt.

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Information from: The Exponent Telegram, https://www.theet.com

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