- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State wildlife officials are offering a mixed forecast for the hunting season, based their annual mast forecast.

That’s a survey of 18 species of trees and shrubs that provide fall foods for wildlife. The survey is conducted by the Division of Natural Resources and it’s available on the division’s website and at division offices.

Division biologists say the survey is a helpful barometer of prospective deer, bear and turkey harvests.

This fall, the production of acorns is significantly less than last year, for instance, while hickory, walnut and beech products are well above average.

Overall, food conditions are slightly above the long-term average, according to biologists.

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