Anterless Deer Application Deadline Aug 17th

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Hunters wishing to participate in this year's limited resident antlerless deer season are reminded their applications must be received by the Division of Natural Resources before the close of business on August 17, 2002, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section.

Six (6) counties or portions thereof, 15 Wildlife Management Areas, Seneca and Calvin Price State Forests and Monongahela National Forest lands in Pocahontas County will have a limited number of Class N licenses for resident antlerless deer hunting (December 9-14 on private and public lands, and December 25-28 on private lands only). The 2002 limited resident antlerless deer season will provide an opportunity for 2,660 West Virginia residents to participate on selected Wildlife Management Areas, State Forests and National Forest lands. An additional 5,005 residents will be selected to hunt antlerless deer in counties or portions thereof that are restricted to resident hunters. Successful applicants will be notified in October.

"The 2002 antlerless deer season offers tremendous hunting opportunities for residents and nonresidents alike," said Taylor. "Each year specified counties or portions thereof and selected public lands are restricted to limited resident antlerless deer hunting to accomplish deer management objectives."

In addition to restricted areas, antlerless season will be open the entire Bucks-Only season (November 25 - December 7) in 40 counties or parts thereof on private land and on Hughes River, Lewis Wetzel, McClintic and Springfield Wildlife Management Areas only. These counties and an additional four counties or portions thereof will be open to antlerless hunting on both private and public land December 9-14. Private land in these 44 counties or portions thereof, having an unlimited antlerless season, will reopen for antlerless deer hunting December 25-28.

Hunters are urged to read the complete detailed description of deer hunting opportunities and regulations in the "WEST VIRGINIA HUNTING & TRAPPING REGULATIONS SUMMARY 2002-2003." Both the regulation's brochure and limited resident antlerless deer hunting applications are available at license agents and DNR offices statewide.