Deer Hunting

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

The West Virginia House of Delegates very narrowly rejected a bill to create a statewide school calendar starting after Labor Day and ending before June 7.

The vote followed a lengthy debate on whether House Bill 2433 interferes with a county's ability to establish a school schedule that takes into account snow days, holidays and — yes — deer hunting season. 

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications for controlled deer hunts at six state parks.

A DNR statement says the deadline for applications is Aug. 25. A drawing will be held the next day and successful applicants will be notified in early September. Hunters must apply online.

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Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

State wildlife officials say the number of white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the recently completed hunting seasons rose slightly compared to a year ago.

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Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

The state Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a controlled deer hunt this fall in southern West Virginia.

The hunt is scheduled for Nov. 3, 4 and 5 at Pipestem Resort State Park.

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Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

  Deer hunters are being encouraged to get their Division of Natural Resources identification number before West Virginia's buck firearms season opens.

Hunters will need the ID number to use the state's new electronic game checking system to report deer they have killed. Use of the electronic system is required.

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Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

A controlled deer hunt is set for next week at Pipestem Resort State Park in southern West Virginia

Division of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Todd Dowdy tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the hunt scheduled for Monday through Wednesday is the first at the resort. Hunters will be taken to designated tree stand locations and be allowed to kill one deer.

Courtesy of the West Virginia and Regional Historic Collection, WVU Libraries

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This week, we’ll talk to a man in North Carolina, who’s collected over 1,000 varieties of heirloom apples.

And Layuna Rapp shares her memories of raising turkeys on her family farm in West Virginia

And we also want to take some time to hear from two young women who know what it’s like to struggle.

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Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

   SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Division of Natural Resources is advising hunters to take safety precautions with tree stands as the two-week buck firearms season gets under way.
 
     The season began Monday and runs through Dec. 6.
 
     DNR law enforcement chief Col. Jerry Jenkins says in a news release that tree stand accidents are the most common cause of hunter injuries.  
 
     Hunters are advised to use a safety belt or harness when hunting from elevated tree stands. Climbing belts should be used when climbing up or down a tree.
 

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Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

 Hunters can apply for a controlled deer hunt at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory site in Green Bank.

The Division of Natural Resources says a drawing will be held for the hunt, which will be conducted in four areas on Oct. 17 and 18. Applications are due by Aug. 1 and are available at DNR district offices or at the observatory.

The hunting areas will be designated for bow, muzzleloader and shotgun, or muzzleloader only.

W.Va. Hunting Season Sparks Family Competition

Nov 27, 2013

Anna and Chuck Baker are just returning from their farm to check in a deer. It was Anna who bagged the did a little nine point buck.  

Listen to Anna share the story of how she killed her buck. 

 

 

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It’s that time of year again!

For two weeks, beginning Monday, Nov. 25 and ending Saturday, Dec. 2, it’s open season in 51 counties across the state as hunters hit the woods looking for that prize buck.

About 330,000 hunters will participate in West Virginia’s buck firearm season and will spend an estimated $230 million here, particularly in rural areas, but before you hit the woods, the state Division of Natural Resources has some rules and regulations they want you to be aware of: