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Deer*Hog*Buffalo*Exotics*Stag
Mountain Meadow Hunting Preserve
Box 60
Greenville, WV 24945
Ph 304-832-6635
           
We offer Big Game hunts for trophy whitetail deer, fallow deer, red stag, wild boar and buffalo. It is our goal to provide all of our hunters with the highest quality Big Game Hunting adventure possible. We work hard to ensure only the best genetics and superior deer, buffalo and wild boar are in our herds and hunts. Our deer all come from great genetics, as do our buffalo. We have an excellent feeding regimen, while are fields have been stripped and planted with food and cover crops. Come and experience the ultimate West Virginia trophy whitetail deer hunting at Mountain Meadow Hunting Preserve. We are a HIGH FENCED HUNTING PRESERVE situated on 600 acres of beautiful rolling mountain meadows and hard wood forest. Located in Monroe County, West Virginia. Your hog hunt can be booked using your weapon of choice; including bow, handgun, or rifle. You may choose to hunt your trophy hog from ladder stands, box stands or spot and stalk. We have dog hunts available as well. We also have stands and also tree stands set up, so you may have an enjoyable experience, you may also want to try spot and stalk hunting for your trophy. Either way you choose to hunt these hogs it is a very exciting and adrenaline pumping hunt.

Deer*Turkey
Potts Creek Outfitters
Route 311
Paint Bank, VA 24131
Ph 540-897-5555
           
Nestled in a picturesque valley on the Virginia and West Virginia border. While you're with us, you'll explore a landscape rich in history and natural beauty, bag that game prize you've been dreaming of, and catch a trout whose size you won't have to lie about. Set off on your expedition from the sleepy mountain hamlet of Paint Bank and the comforts of the Depot Lodge. Potts Creek Outfitters offers sportsmen private vacation packages on thousands of acres of private land, including whitetail bow hunting, eastern gobbler hunting with a shotgun or bow, fly fishing for rainbow trout, float trips on nearby rivers, and fly fishing club memberships. Come and experience the best the Alleghany Mountains have to offer. You've never experienced a bow hunt like this one! Every buck harvested must be at least 3 1/2 years old; Pope and Young sized bucks are likely thanks to our expert management program. Up to eight bow hunters may be in the field at one time and we take pride in the fact that all hunts are 100% fair chase. Our bucks are big, plentiful, and waiting for you. In addition to overlapping seasons, Potts Creek Outfitters' private land in Virginia and West Virginia enables you to hunt Eastern Gobblers in two states! Our extensive properties, combining both hardwood forest and planted openings, are prime turkey real estate. Our experienced guides will help you call in and bring home the mountain tom of your dreams. Turkey hunts are fully guided, permitting no more than two hunters per guide; up to ten hunters at a time.
   
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West Virginia Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

West Virginia supports a deer population of approximately 800,000 to 900,000 whitetail deer. The white-tailed deer is West Virginia's most popular game animal with 343 thousand hunters harvesting over 175 thousand deer annually. As deer numbers have increased, damage problems to farms and gardens have also increased. Deer have high nutritional requirements and can be very destructive; however, deer damage is a natural hazard of the farming profession and should be considered analogous to insect and concerns about deer damage have been voiced by many crop producers throughout West Virginia. Losses have been reported in corn, forages, small grains, tree fruits, Christmas trees, nursery stock, forest regeneration, landscape plantings, and vegetable gardens. Additional concerns are deer vehicle collisions, loss of plant diversity, and ecological changes which effect other wildlife species. disease problems. Best way to reduce the size of the deer herd and the amount of damage being received. Most counties experiencing deer damage have liberal antlerless deer seasons allowing the removal of does to accomplish this goal. Herd reduction requires the removal of does and cannot be achieved only through the harvest of bucks. Given their choice, hunters will frequently take a buck and not return for a doe. Landowners must regulate the harvest of does by choosing hunters who will carry out their management objectives. Access is of primary importance. No game regulation will reduce deer herds on private land unless sufficient hunter access is available to remove the required number of does. Deer adapt to their surrounding vegetation which varies based on season and the area they live in. Fawns are dependent on their mothers for the first few weeks and will lay hidden in brush while she forages. The whitetail is our only native species of deer; however, there are four distinct subspecies. Throughout the southern region there is a noticeable seasonal variation in the coloration of the whitetail. The short, reddish summer coats are shed over a period of several weeks in the early fall, and the heavier, gray or gray-brown winter coat is acquired at this time. The winter coat is replaced through a similar shedding process during the following spring. Fawns normally lose their spotted coloration after 3 or 4 months, or at the time their winter coat replaces their first summer coat. White-tailed deer are polygamous breeders: one male mates with several females during a breeding season. Breeding occurs during the fall and winter, but may extend from late August through January. Peak breeding usually occurs in November. The gestation period for white-tailed deer is slightly less than 7 months or between 190 and 210 days. Fawning normally extends from March through July with peak fawn-drop occurring in late May. White-tailed deer are extremely adaptable animals. Their essential requirements include food, cover and water. Abundant forest land provides suitable cover, except where large acreages are in agricultural production and cover for deer may be limiting. An interspersion of brushland, woodland and non-forested land creates more diversity in the types and amounts of food and cover present. The transition zone between two cover types is often referred to as an “edge.” Deer, as well as other wildlife species, utilize such areas heavily. Many timber harvest operations today create an “edge effect” and add diversity to a habitat. Free water is readily available in the South and is rarely a limiting factor to deer populations. The quality and quantity of the natural foods present in an area usually determine, to a large extent, that population’s size and health. Deer readily utilize plants growing in natural or developed forest openings. These openings can compensate for yearly and seasonal fluctuations in food supplies, especially mast. They are less important, however, if the habitat is enhanced through coordinated and sustained timber cutting for deer. Openings are also an aid to hunting and can be beneficial in obtaining adequate deer harvests.


West Virginia Hunting Outfitters and Guides Bear Facts

 Today, however, the state's black bear population has grown to nearly 10,000. Adult black bear are approximately 4 to 7 feet from nose to tail, and two to three feet high at the withers. Male bear are larger than females. Black bear have small eyes, rounded ears, a long snout, large non retractable claws, a large body, a short tail, and shaggy hair. In Virginia most black bear are true black in color unlike black bears found in more western states that can be shades of red, brown or blond. Black bear occupy a greater range of habitats than any bear in the world. Bear home ranges must include food, water, cover, denning sites and diverse habitat types. Although bears are thought to be a mature forest species, they often use a variety of habitat types. Bear may live up to 30 years in the wild. The oldest documented wild bear in Virginia was 26 years of age when it was killed. Black bear are generally solitary, except sows caring for cubs. Adult bear may be seen together during the summer breeding period and occasionally yearling siblings will remain together for a period of time. Bear may also gather at places with abundant food sources. Black bear are typically crepuscular (active at dusk and dawn), but can be active any time of day. Female black bear have smaller home ranges (1 to 50 square miles) than males (10 to 290 square miles). A male's home range may overlap several female home ranges. Bear may move further in times of less food like early spring. Dispersing yearlings, especially males, looking for new home ranges may also travel a great distance. Bear may feed up to 20 hours per day, accumulating fat (energy) prior to winter denning. An adult male bear can gain over 100 pounds in a few weeks when acorn production is heavy. Depending on weather and food conditions, black bear enter their winter dens between October and January. Bears will not eat, drink, urinate or defecate while denning. Bears are easily aroused and may be active during warm winter days. They emerge from their dens from mid-March to early May. In Virginia, most bears den in large, hollow trees. Other den types include fallen trees, rock cavities, and brush piles in timber cut areas, open ground nests, and man-made structures (culvert pipe). Black bear have a very diverse diet. They consume herbaceous plant parts, woody plant parts, flower/nectar/ pollen, fruit, terrestrial insects, juvenile and small mammals, juvenile and adult amphibians, and carrion. Bear are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders, eating mostly plants in the spring, berries and insects in the summer, and nuts and berries in the fall. Carrion (dead animals) is often a part of a bear diet. Although not typically and an active predator, rare occurrences of livestock predation is reported each year.


West Virginia Hunting Outfitters and Guides Hog Facts

Feral hog are adaptive and prolific.  As opportunistic omnivores they satisfy their nutritional needs from a variety of plant and animal food sources.  Early sexual maturity, production of offspring in hog ers, and absence of natural predators creates the potential for feral hog populations to grow rapidly where habitat conditions are good.  These natural advantages are precisely what have allowed feral hog to become the invasive, problem causing species. From an ecological standpoint, feral hog damage natural land features and native plants. ooting, feeding, tramping, denuding and soil compaction can all have a disruptive influence in woodlots, streambeds, natural clearings and native plants.  Feral hog compete with native wildlife species for oak and other mast food sources.  In addition they may feed on frogs, salamanders and other small animals.  When the opportunity is presented, feral hog will feed on eggs of ground nesting birds such as wild turkey and quail. Similar damage occurs in agricultural situations.  Feral hog will root, trample and compact pasture, hay and crop fields and will actively feed on the existing crop.  One legitimate source has estimated U.S. wild hog may be trapped and hunted year round using any legal to own rifle, shotgun, crossbow, bow or pistol. There is no size or bag limit, and you may harvest either sex. Also, no hunting license is required. A gun and light at night permit is not required to take wild hog with a gun and light on private lands with landowner permission. hog may be taken during most hunting seasons, except spring turkey. But, if it's during archery season, you must use a bow - during muzzleloading gun season, you can only use a muzzleloader. You need a hunting license, a management area permit and any other necessary permits to hunt wild hog during particular seasons on WMAs - where on some, daily bag limits on wild hog do apply, and on a few, there's even a minimum size limit on what you can take. On wildlife management areas, you may not use a gun and light at night.  A boar hog has four continually growing tusks that can be extremely sharp, and may reach five inches before they are broken or worn from use. Tusks are used for defense and to establish dominance during breeding. A male feral hog also develops a thick, tough skin composed of cartilage and scar tissue on the shoulder area which is sometimes referred to as a shield. The shield develops continually as the hog ages and through fighting. Tusks which are found on the lower jaw, or mandible, can be extremely dangerous when put to use by a mature hog. The upper tusks, or whittlers, help keep the lower tusk extremely sharp. The pure Russian hog is generally light brown or black with a cream or tan color on the tips of the bristles. Its underside is lighter in color and its legs, ears and tail are darker than the rest of the coat. Its bristles are the longest of the three types of wild hog. Pure Russian hog have longer legs and snouts and their head to body ratio is much greater than a feral hog. They also tend to have shorter, straighter tails.


West Virginia Hunting Outfitters and Guides Turkey Facts

The restoration of the wild turkey is one of West Virginia stories. Although the turkey population currently hovers around 335,000 statewide, as recently as 1973, the wild turkey population was as low as 17,000. Intensive restoration efforts, such as the restocking of wild birds and establishment of biologically sound hunting seasons facilitated the recovery of wild turkey in every county. This successful turkey effort resulted from cooperative partnerships between private landowners, hunters. Fall was the preferred time to hunt wild turkey by most of the famous old time turkey hunters and is still favored by many traditionalists. These turkey hunting experts liked it best because it was a lot more difficult and therefore more rewarding to call in an old gobbler in the fall than the spring. Turkey in the late summer, fall and winter become very solitary animals with very little interest in females. They do, however, gobble in the fall and there have been a few mornings in October and Novemeber that I could have sworn it was spring with all the gobbling around. On rare occasions, turkey will even come in strutting and gobbling just like spring. More likely though you won't even notice a fall turkey coming in to your calls. He will just appear silently, looking for companionship with another longbeard but not really caring whether he finds it or not. This is a real fall gobbler. The fall season has regained its popularity recently with the ever-increasing numbers of turkey. Over 40 states now host fall turkey seasons and more and more hunters are discovering the excitement of hunting in the fall.  The Osceola Wild Turkey, also known as the Florida Turkey can only be found on the Florida peninsula. This bird is smaller and darker in color than the Eastern Wild Turkey and was named after the famous Seminole Chief Osceola in 1890. Adult male turkey, also known as a gobbler or tom, average 3.5 feet in height and weigh up to 25 pounds. Juvenile male turkey, also known as jakes, will typically be half the size of a mature turkey, weighing an average of 15 - 20 pounds. The Osceola Wild Turkey is characterized by dark brown tipped tail coverts (the smaller feathers that cover the larger feathers) and dark brown tail feather tips. The breast feathers usually have black tips, while the body feathers are an iridescence of red-green and bronze. Compared to the “Eastern”, the Osceola Turkey tend to be generally darker in color, slightly smaller in size, and have less white barring in their wing feathers. Female turkey, also known as hens, can be the same height as males, but weigh about 8 – 14 pounds.
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