West Virginia Hunting News

New Hunter Education Youth Card Introduced
Beginning July 1, 2004 , anyone between the ages of 8 and 9 years, inclusive, may obtain a temporary Youth Card by completing an abbreviated Hunter Education Course. This card is only valid for three years from the course completion date.
DNR Wildlife Resources Section Files Legislative Rule for Review
The Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has filed a legislative rule change with the Secretary of State's office, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division's Wildlife Resources Section. The proposed rule will be open for review and written comment until 4:30 p.m. July 28, 2004.
Applications Available for Limited Permit Antlerless Deer Hunting
Applications for the 2004 Antlerless Deer Season are now available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, Division of Natural Resources' district offices, Elkins Operations Center and Charleston Headquarters, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section.
WANTED: Owners of Big Bucks
The West Virginia Wildlife Federation, in cooperation with the Division of Natural Resources, is seeking hunters who own trophy deer that were legally taken in West Virginia with either bow or gun and have a Pope & Young or Boone and Crockett score of 155 or greater.
Spring Gobbler Harvest Results Down
Hunters in West Virginia harvested 10,461 turkeys during the 2004 spring gobbler season, according to Jim Pack , Wild Turkey Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section. Preliminary harvest figures indicate that the turkey kill was 16.5% lower than 2003.
Two Men Plead Guilty to Charges of Illegal Selling of Deer Meat
Two West Virginia men have pled guilty to charges of selling deer meat intended for distribution to local needy residents, according to Lt. Col. William Daniel of the Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section.
Spring Gobbler Season Opens on April 26
Taylor, Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. Wildlife Biologists expect this year's spring wild turkey harvest to be similar to last year's, with 10,000 to 13,500 birds being harvested during the upcoming season. The 2003 spring gobbler harvest was 12,535.
Reward for Turkey Poaching Information
In an effort to curtail illegal activities associated with wild turkey hunting in West Virginia, the Division of Natural Resources will once again cooperate with the West Virginia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation's program to pay rewards to persons reporting poaching or other illegal practices relating to wild turkeys.
Springfield Wildlife Management Area Lease Agreement Will Not Be Renewed
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources regrets to inform hunters that the Springfield Wildlife Management Area, located in Hampshire and Mineral counties and formally under lease from Mead-Westvaco Corporation, will no longer be managed as a public hunting area as of April 1, 2004.
2003 Big Game Statistics Available
The 2003 West Virginia Big Game Bulletins are available at all Division of Natural Resources district offices, Charleston Headquarters and Elkins Operations Center , according to Ed Hamrick, Director of the Division of Natural Resources.