West Virginia Blennerhassett Island and Stonewall Resort Deer Hunt Apps Available Now

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Controlled deer hunts are scheduled to occur on two of West Virginia's state parks in 2010: Blennerhassett Island on Nov. 8 and 9, and Stonewall Resort on Nov. 15, 16 and 17. Monitoring of the deer population and consequent surveys conducted by Division of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife and parks personnel reveal high deer density on both state park properties.

Controlled hunts held at Blennerhassett Island State Park in 2001, 2002 and 2007 and Stonewall Resort State Park in 2008 and 2009 have been successful and responsible resource management tools at both parks, according to DNR Director Frank Jezioro.

"We have been successful with the use of controlled hunts as a method of wildlife management in a public setting; however, history has shown that multiple successive hunts are necessary to reduce the population to sustainable levels." The scheduling of both controlled hunts on these state parks is good and responsible resource management, according to Jezioro.

The scheduled hunts will be by permit only. Resident or non-resident hunters may apply for the Blennerhassett Island hunt. The Stonewall hunt permits will be for West Virginia residents and holders of West Virginia Lifetime Licenses only.

Full instructions and applications for both controlled hunt permits are available online at www.wvdnr.gov under the "Hunting" section.

Applications also are available at all DNR district offices: DNR Operations Center, Elkins; DNR Offices in Building 74, 324 4th Avenue, South Charleston; W.Va. State Parks and Forests offices; the W.Va. Wildlife Center at French Creek; at Stonewall Resort State Park, Sam England, 304-269-0524 and at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Donna Smith, 304-420-4800.

Applications are two-pages with an application and the detailed information page. Hunters also may complete the application printed from online, sign, date and send via U.S. mail. The information, procedures, and application for permits are different for each hunt.

Applications for either hunt must be completed and mailed and postmarked by August 28, 2010, to be eligible for the hunts. Successful applicants will be notified after October 1, 2010. The mailing address is: W.Va. Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241-0067.