You can talk or you can listen; the choice is yours.
Sportsmen who want to learn more about this year's proposed deer-season changes will be able to do so later this week during a series of meetings with state wildlife officials.
In a dozen West Virginia towns, Division of Natural Resources administrators, biologists and law enforcement officers will hold "open houses" to give the public a chance to learn about - and comment upon - any and all proposed changes to the state's hunting and fishing regulations.
The meetings will be held Monday and Tuesday, six on each day. Monday's meetings are slated for Fairmont, at East Fairmont High School; Martinsburg, at the James Rumsey Institute; Summersville, at Summersville High; Lewisburg, at the Quality Inn; Milton, at West Virginia Pumpkin Park; and Spencer, at the Heritage Building.
Tuesday's meetings will be held in Glen Dale, at John Marshall High; Moorefield, at Moorefield Middle School; Elkins, at the DNR Operations Center; Mullens, at Twin Falls State Park Lodge; Logan, at the Chief Logan State Park Conference Center; and Parkersburg, in the City Building lobby.
All the meetings will begin at 6 a.m. and will end at 8 p.m.
Paul Johansen, the DNR's assistant wildlife chief, expects deer to be the hot topic. It ordinarily is, but Johansen said changes proposed for the 2012 antlerless-deer seasons will probably attract more comments than usual.
"Given the amount of interest the sportsmen of this state have in deer hunting, and given the season changes we've proposed, I expect a lot of people to want to comment," he said.
He added that the meetings' open-house format allows sportsmen to have their questions addressed directly.