West Virginia National Forest and WMA Roads to be Open to Hunters with Disabilities

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Physically challenged hunters who have obtained a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads within certain national forests in West Virginia and on selected wildlife management areas, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

“The designation of these Class Q/QQ roads on National Forest lands in West Virginia is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service and the DNR,” said Taylor. “This highly successful program provides hunting access for physically challenged sportsmen and women. For the past 20 years these areas have been well received by hunters.”

To participate in this program, physically challenged hunters must possess either a Class Q (resident) or Class QQ (nonresident) permit issued by the DNR. Applications for these permits may be obtained at any DNR office or hunting and fishing license agent. In addition to the Class Q/QQ hunting permit, both resident and nonresident hunters must possess all applicable hunting licenses and stamps. Nonresidents hunting on National Forest lands must also possess a National Forest Stamp (Class I).

Physically challenged hunters with a Class Q/QQ permit must apply in person at the appropriate National Forest district office or DNR district office and receive a letter of authorization, which must be in the hunter’s possession while hunting on the designated areas in the program.

The Class Q/QQ permit holders may be accompanied by no more than one assistant, at least 16 years of age, when hunting within a designated area. Class Q/QQ permit holders are required to furnish information on their assistant such as name, address, phone number and driver’s license. Because the assistant cannot hunt while accompanying the Class Q/QQ permit holder, he or she is not required to have a hunting license.

Authorized physically challenged hunters will have access to specific gates via a special lock. While behind the gate, hunters must observe all national forest and/or state wildlife management area regulations, and all state hunting regulations. It is illegal to bait or feed any wildlife on public land between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 and during the spring gobbler season.

In addition to the special access areas, Class Q/QQ permit holders may participate in special Class Q/QQ deer hunts on Oct. 29 and Dec. 26-27, 2011. These special deer hunts will take place on designated wildlife management areas and state forests as outlined on pages 29-30 of the 2011-2012 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

The U.S. Forest Service and DNR are committed to providing quality hunting opportunities for physically-challenged hunters and welcome comments and suggestions from participating hunters. For more information concerning access to national forest or wildlife management area Class Q/QQ roads, contact the U.S. Forest Service (304-636-1800) or DNR (304-637-0245). Information is also available on the DNR’s website (www.wvdnr.gov). Specific areas with designated Class Q/QQ roads are listed below.

Class Q/QQ Roads Available on National Forest Lands:

Cheat/Potomac Ranger District, Parsons, WV (304-478-3251)

  • Goodwin Run (Forest Road #933) Tucker County
  • Bonifield Run (Forest Road #929) Tucker County
  • Five Lick (Forest Road #153/153A) Randolph County
  • Back Ridge (Forest Road #814) Pendleton County

Greenbrier Ranger District, Bartow, WV (304-456-3335)

  • Little Beech Mountain (Forest Road #385, 183A) Randolph County
  • Span oak (Forest Road #224) Pocahontas County

Gauley Ranger District, Richwood, WV (304-846-2695)

  • Left Branch (Frosty Gap) (Forest Road #731) Pocahontas County
  • Spice Run (Forest Road #787) Webster County

Marlinton/White Sulphur Ranger District, Marlinton, WV (304-799-4334)

  • Crooked Fork (Forest Road #251) Pocahontas County
  • Marlin Mountain (Forest Road #300) Pocahontas County
  • Panther Ridge (Forest Road #298) Greenbrier County
  • Bear Track (Forest Road #882) Greenbrier County

North River Ranger District, Bridgewater, VA (540-432-0187)

  • Dry River Hollow Road (Forest Road #151H) Pendleton County

State Wildlife Management Areas with Available Roads:

Bluestone WMA, Burnsville Lake WMA, Elk River WMA, Hillcrest WMA, Hughes River WMA, Lewis Wetzel WMA, McClintic WMA, Sleepy Creek WMA, Stonewall Jackson Lake WMA and Wallback WMA.

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Retired2hunt's picture

  Great Job West Virginia US

 

Great Job West Virginia US Forest Service and DNR agencies!  Any program that offers more availability to the disabled or partially disabled to pursue their love and desire of hunting is a great program.  This state also allows the use of a crossbow which only furthers the ability for a disabled person to go out and hunt during the hunting seasons.  Great Job West Virginia!  Many states can definitely copy this program should they not already have something in place.

 

numbnutz's picture

I like that West Virginia is

I like that West Virginia is making areas and roads open to disabled hunters. Disabled hunters have every right to be out there hunting and doing what they love just like me. Oregon has something similair in place. And the hunter can shoot from a car or truck if its not moving. This is just good practice and all states should have a similair system in place for disabled people. I applaud the states that do.

SGM's picture

Good going West Virginia,

Good going West Virginia, glad to see you helping out the disabled folks like this. This is a great way to get these folks back out doing something they love to do. Very pleased when I see and read stories like this.