CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Deer, bears, squirrels and other game animals will have a little more to eat this fall than they did in 2011.
Division of Natural Resources biologists recently finished the agency's annual Mast Report and Hunting Outlook, and it includes both good news and bad news.
The primary good news is that the overall statewide abundance of wild game foods is up about 5 percent over the 42-year average and 14 percent over 2011's crop. The primary bad news is that acorns were the only major mast item that came in significantly above average.
Here's how the various oak species broke out:
The news for the other highly important mast species - beechnuts, walnuts, hickory nuts, black cherries and grapes - isn't nearly as encouraging. For example: