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Poor acorn crop could affect W.Va. hunting seasons

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Acorns are scarce across West Virginia but other mast items such as hickory nuts and walnuts are abundant.

The Division of Natural Resources' annual survey shows that white oak is down 57 percent from 2012 and 38 percent below the 42-year average. Chestnut oak is down 74 percent from 2012 and 51 percent below the long-term average.

Beech is up 186 percent from 2012 and 100 percent above the long-term average. Walnut, hickory, apples and black cherry also increased from 2012 and are above the long-term average.

DNR game management services supervisor Chris Ryan tells the Charleston Gazette that the poor acorn crop could affect the hunting seasons for deer, bears, turkeys and squirrels.

Ryan advises hunters to find places were food sources are relatively concentrated.

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