Well, it's official. West Virginians aren't the "huntingest" people in the country.
They aren't the "fishingest," either. But to employ a rather overused saying, they ain't too shabby in either of those pastimes.
According to data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, West Virginians are among the United States' most enthusiastic hunters, and they rank well above surrounding states in both hunting and fishing participation.
Every four years, Fish and Wildlife Service researchers survey hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers to see how many are active in their respective pastimes. Agency officials released the most recent results a week and a half ago, and Ol' Wild and Wonderful made a pretty good showing.
West Virginia had the 12th-highest percentage of residents who hunt. According to the survey, 13 percent of all Mountain State residents said they participate in one form of hunting or another.
In case you're wondering, South Dakota enjoyed the highest participation rate, at 20 percent. Alaska finished close behind in the runner-up spot, followed by Mississippi, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Maine and Vermont.
West Virginia's percentage of hunters far, far outstrips the national average, which came in a little north of 5 percent.
None of the five states that border West Virginia came close to matching its percentage of hunters. Kentucky came closest at 9 percent, followed by Pennsylvania at 7 percent, Ohio at 6 percent, Virginia at 5 percent and Maryland at 2 percent.
The lowest hunting rates came from states you'd expect to have them. Florida, New Jersey, California and Massachusetts - urban states with large human populations - all came in at less than 2 percent.