Additional Deer Archery License Deadline Oct. 12th

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West Virginia resident and nonresident archery deer hunters are reminded that they must purchase their additional deer archery licenses (Class RB or RRB) prior to October 12, 2002, the opening day of archery season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section.

Hunters may purchase two RB licenses (resident additional deer archery hunting) or two RRB licenses (nonresident additional deer archery hunting) for use during the upcoming archery season. "Dedicated archery hunters can pursue up to three deer in West Virginia during the 11-week bow season which opens on October 12 and closes on December 31," Taylor said. Hunters are reminded of the following archery hunting regulations relating to the Class RB and RRB licenses.

  • Resident hunters may purchase only two Class RB licenses and nonresident hunters may purchase only two Class RRB licenses each calendar year. The Class RB or Class RRB archery licenses must be purchased prior to October 12, 2002, the opening day of archery season.
  • Only one deer may be taken with each Class RB or RRB license. Hunting on the Class RB or RRB licenses can begin on the day after legally checking the first deer. Class RB or Class RRB licenses cannot be used for taking deer with a firearm.
  • Two additional deer may be taken with Class RB or Class RRB licenses (one per license) or by a resident landowner during the archery season. One deer must be an antlerless deer taken in those counties or portions thereof open to Class N antlerless deer hunting.
  • The Class RB and Class RRB licenses are valid in counties not open to firearms deer hunting; provided, the first archery deer was taken in a county open to firearms deer hunting. Only one archery deer per season may be taken in Logan, Mingo, Wyoming, or McDowell counties. Deer taken in this four county area must be checked in those counties and deer taken outside the area can only be checked outside these four counties.

For complete information on the upcoming deer seasons, hunters should obtain a copy of the 2002-2003 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary available at all check stations, license agents and DNR offices across the state, or visit the WV DNR Web site at www.wvhunt.com