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  • WV DNR News Releases
    WV DNR News ReleasesLeave young wildlife alone, WVDNR urgesGov. Justice announces that improved trout stocking method is in placeGov Justice promotes tradition and tourism at the WV Gold Rush Event at Babcock State ParkWest Virginia hunters harvest 108,856 deer during Fall 2018 through January 2019 seasonFirst Day Hikes at West Virginia state parks in 2019 �“ Resolve to get outdoorsBig Band Bash at the Blennerhassett Museum debuts New Year�™s EveBobcat trappers needed for home range studyTrappers and hunters must tag furbearersHunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 bucks during the traditional buck firearms seasonEureka Midstream funds cooperative habitat enhancement projects on the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management AreaWest Virginia�™s 2018 fall turkey harvest up 28 percent�œChristmas at Cacapon” event features Historic Old Inn on Dec. 16, 2018Stonewall Resort offers holiday events and activitiesEast River Mountain Town Band Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 2, at Pipestem Resort State ParkWest Virginia�™s muzzleloader deer season opens Dec. 10, 2018State park gifts cards include �œSomething Extra” to encourage visits to parks and forestsCanaan Valley Resort opening tubing and skating park for Thanksgiving weekendWest Virginia�™s buck firearms season opens Nov. 19, 20182018 West Virginia deer firearms season fact sheet�œTrees of Our Heritage” on display at Blennerhassett Museum of Regional HistoryCorrection to 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping RegulationsNatural Resources Commission to meet Oct. 28 at Stonewall Resort State ParkRiver otter carcasses needed for WVDNR studyWest Virginia State Parks Offering Veterans Appreciation Lodging Discount Nov. 1-15Tests for Natural Resources Police Officer positions scheduled Oct. 26 and 27, 2018Wild Game is a ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2019-04-18
    2 days ago
  • Leave young wildlife alone, WVDNR urges
    WV DNR News Release 1 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Leave young wildlife alone, WVDNR urges FRENCH CREEK, W. Va. – West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) personnel urge people to leave young wildlife alone because doing anything else is illegal, unsafe and often detrimental to the animal’s health. “This season provides an excellent opportunity to observe the fawns, cubs and other young wildlife our state has to offer,” said Tyler Evans, a wildlife biologist at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center. “It is especially important for the public to understand the need to avoid touching or disturbing these animals, as the risks are considerable.” Picking up wildlife or getting too close greatly increases the risk of harm to both the animal and human, Evans said. By handling these animals, humans leave behind a scent that may attract a predator. Additionally, handling wildlife can expose humans to a variety of parasites. “Ticks, fleas and lice are just a few of the common threats that humans are immediately exposed to when they handle wild animals,” he said. Zoonotic diseases are even more dangerous because they can be transmitted from animals to humans, and these include Lyme Disease, which is caused by the bite of a black-legged (“deer”) tick. Not surprisingly, these ticks are frequently encountered when handling fawns and other young animals. Rabies, a viral disease that is nearly always fatal in humans when ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2019-04-18
    2 days ago
  • Gov Justice promotes tradition and tourism at the WV Gold Rush Event at Babcock State Park
    WV DNR News Release 1 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Governor Justice promotes tradition and tourism at the WV Gold Rush Event at Babcok State Park CLIFFTOP, W.Va. — Today, Gov. Jim Justice and representatives from the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) participated in the West Virginia Gold Rush, West Virginia’s annual golden rainbow trout stocking, at Babcock State Park. “I hope as many West Virginians as possible take advantage of the Gold Rush this year,� Gov. Justice said. “Fishing is a wonderful tradition in our state. I have so many great memories of times I went fishing with my dad, and I want all West Virginians and our visitors to have the opportunity to make the same great memories with their families.� Babcock State Park was chosen for today’s ceremony because it is one of 15 state parks and forests to receive the stockings. Many of West Virginia’s state parks are offering overnight accommodations and scheduling special programing during this special week. Video of today’s Gold Rush event can be found here. During the Gold Rush, April 1-6, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is stocking golden rainbow trout in 55 designated lakes and streams throughout the state. An extra-large rainbow trout release is scheduled for the last day of the event, Saturday, April 6, to ensure families have an excellent opportunity to participate. This is the second year ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2019-04-03
    2 weeks ago
  • West Virginia hunters harvest 108,856 deer during Fall 2018 through January 2019 season
    WV DNR News Release 2 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News West Virginia hunters harvest 108,856 deer duringFall 2018 through January 2019 Season SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters in West Virginia registered 108,856 white-tailed deer through the electronic game checking system during the recently completed buck firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, youth/Class Q/Class XS and Mountaineer Heritage seasons. The total harvest was within 1 percent of the 2017 deer harvest of 108,160 and 11 percent below the five-year average of 122,924, said Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. A breakdown of the combined 2018 deer seasons reveals 44,599 bucks were harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 32,751 antlerless deer were taken during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 26,613 deer were harvested by bows and crossbows in the urban and regular archery/crossbow seasons, 4,234 deer were taken in the muzzleloader season and 659 deer were taken with primitive bow and muzzleloader weapons in the Mountaineer Heritage season. Antlerless Deer Season The 2018 antlerless deer season harvest, which includes the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 2.5 percent less than in 2017 and 20 percent below the five-year average of 40,859. “It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population,� said Johansen. DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2019-02-06
    2 months ago
  • First Day Hikes at West Virginia state parks in 2019 – Resolve to get outdoors
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News First Day Hikes at West Virginia state parks in 2019 – Resolve to get outdoors SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It's time to make New Year's resolutions and seven West Virginia state parks and forests are inviting people to join a First Day Hike on Tuesday, Jan. 1 and adopt a healthier outlook by spending more time outside in 2019. "Hiking is a year-round activity and the experience is different each time, depending upon the season and temperature," said West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England. “Our parks and forests are known for our trails and beautiful scenery, and hking is the number one activity that park visitors enjoy.”  West Virginia is one of the 50 state park systems participating in America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. State parks participating in First Day Hikes include Blackwater Falls, Cacapon Resort, Chief Logan, Pipestem Resort, Tygart Lake, Watoga and Kanawha State Forest. "We're venturing out the first day of the year in 2019, no matter what the weather," said Chris Bartley at Watoga State Park. Bartley’s First Day Hike in 2018 was a chilly zero degrees with a solo hiker joining him. “If we have folks show, we go.”  In past years, First Day Hikes participation ranges from 1 to 50 hikers, with Kanawha State Forest typically drawing in 100-200 hikers. Hiking or ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-12-17
    4 months ago
  • Big Band Bash at the Blennerhassett Museum debuts New Year’s Eve
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Big Band Bash at the Blennerhassett Museum debuts New Year’s Eve PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The Blennerhassett Museum in Parkersburg is the place to be on New Year's Eve. “The museum’s first ‘Big Band Bash’ debuts with a remarkable evening of music, dance and food, featuring the Doug Hess Big Band under the direction of Felice Jorgeson,” said Activities Coordinator Pam Salisbury. “It's dance music from the 1940s, from swing to rumba, with a rhythm section, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, drums and guitar.” The Doug Hess Big Band has been providing music for dances for nearly 50 years. The Doug Hess Big Band currently consists of longtime Parkersburg area musicians including Doug Hess's son Whitney Hess, Kent and Felice Jorgensen, Les Paul, Buddy Lee, Richard Board, Eric Staats, Tim Marks and David Fluharty and others. Current and former local band directors are well represented, and a few Ohio University students play with the band from time to time. The Blennerhassett Museum is on the corner of Juliana and 2nd streets in Parkersburg. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with music and dance from 9 p.m. until midnight. The event is fee based and includes hor d'oeuvres, finger foods and beverages. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 304-420-4800. Big Band Bash is sponsored by the Blennerhassett Historical Foundation as a fundraiser for Blennerhassett Island ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-12-10
    4 months ago
  • Bobcat trappers needed for home range study
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Bobcat trappers needed for home range study SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking bobcat trappers to assist with a new study in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties. “We’re asking trappers in those counties who catch bobcats to call wildlife biologists so a research crew can place a radio collar on their animal and release it,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief for Wildlife Management. “A $100 gift card, useable at several locations, will be awarded to all trappers contributing an animal for the study.” Animals caught and released will not count toward the trapper’s seasonal bag limit, and trappers may contribute multiple animals to the study. Researchers retain the right to refuse animals based on research needs or condition of the bobcat. The study will help DNR refine the population model used to manage bobcats in the state and guide harvest recommendations in the future. Radio-collared bobcats will yield important data regarding home range size, habitat use and mortality factors. The study will take two trapping seasons to complete and biologists are hoping to collar 30 bobcats each season. Upon trapping a bobcat in the targeted counties, trappers should leave the animal on site and call one of the numbers listed below during normal business hours, Monday ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-12-10
    4 months ago
  • Trappers and hunters must tag furbearers
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Trappers and hunters must tag furbearers SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources would like to remind beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter trappers that they are required to electronically register their catches within 30 days after the close of the respective season. The furbearer trapping seasons in West Virginia opened Nov. 3. A game check confirmation number issued by the DNR must be recorded in writing with the trapper's name and address, or written on a field tag, and must be attached and remain attached to each pelt or whole animal until it is sold, tanned or processed into commercial fur, or is mounted. Information provided by hunters or trappers when checking game is used to monitor the harvest and assist in future management of these species in West Virginia. Decisions regarding season length, opening and closing dates, and bag limits rely on accurate data obtained from electronic registration of the harvest. Trappers are asked to deliver skinned river otter carcasses to DNR district offices. Call a district office to arrange a pick up if you are unable to deliver the carcass. Biological samples collected will assist biologists in making decisions regarding future trapping seasons. A $20 gift certificate will be issued for each useable otter carcass turned in. DNR personnel advise trappers to obtain a Convention ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-12-10
    4 months ago
  • Hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 bucks during the traditional buck firearms season
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 bucks during the traditional buck firearms season SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season which ran from Nov. 19 through Dec. 1, 2018, according to Gary Foster, assistant chief of Game Management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.  The 2018 harvest was 1 percent higher than the 2017 harvest. The top 10 counties for buck harvest in 2018 were: Randolph (1,685), Preston (1,607), Greenbrier (1,479), Hampshire (1,471), Jackson (1,379), Pendleton (1,274), Grant (1,217), Hardy (1,212), Kanawha (1,212) and Mason (1,206). The buck harvest increased in the eastern panhandle (DNR District 2) and in southwestern West Virginia (DNR District 5) and was similar to or slightly down in the remainder of the state. Deer hunters have several days of opportunity left this year, including the remainder of the archery and crossbow seasons, which run through Dec. 31. Muzzleloader deer season will open Dec. 10 and remain open through Dec. 16. The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open Dec. 26-27 in any county with a firearms deer season. This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-12-09
    4 months ago
  • Eureka Midstream funds cooperative habitat enhancement projects on the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Eureka Midstream funds cooperative habitat enhancement projects on the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area JACKSONBURG, W.Va. — A large-scale, cooperative wildlife habitat enhancement project has been initiated on the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area in Wetzel County with a $75,000 donation from Eureka Midstream. This joint project involves the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section, Mountaineer Branch and Mid-Ohio Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association and Eureka Midstream. The project will include herbicide applications in pre-timber harvest and post-timber harvest units to control the undesirable vegetation and promote productive woodland regeneration for wildlife. The project will also include the planting of persimmon trees for wildlife habitat. Additionally, existing wildlife openings will be enhanced by establishing legumes. “We are excited about giving back to the community and, more specifically, directly benefiting the areas where we operate our gathering and compression facilities in West Virginia,” said Chris Akers, president and CEO of Eureka Midstream. “These invasive species affect the regeneration of native plants and provide little benefit to wildlife species,” said District Wildlife Biologist Steven Rauch. “The DNR is actively managing the forests on Lewis Wetzel WMA to create young forest habitat for a wide array of wildlife species that depend upon early successional habitat. During this process, it is important to control the non-native species such as autumn ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-12-09
    4 months ago
  • West Virginia’s 2018 fall turkey harvest up 28 percent
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News West Virginia’s 2018 fall turkey harvest up 28 percent SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia turkey hunters harvested 1,215 birds during the fall season, according to the Division of Natural Resources. That’s an increase of 28 percent above the 2017 season, and only 4 percent below the five-year average. “Even with the incredibly wet summer we had this year, poult production was up from last year,” said Mike Peters, DNR game bird biologist. “That was a good indication fall harvest would also be up, as was predicted in the 2018 West Virginia Mast Survey and Hunter Outlook.” Two main factors contributed to the improved harvest numbers, according to Peters. Brood production was up from last year and mast conditions were slightly below the long-term average. Poor mast conditions will concentrate birds and make it easier for hunters to bag a bird. The uptick in harvest from last year could also be attributed to the increase in hunting opportunity. “It’s the third year all 55 counties had at least a one-week season, but it’s the first year that Sunday hunting was permitted in all 55 counties on both private and public land,” Peters said. Leading the state was Randolph County, with hunters harvesting 76 birds, followed by Nicholas (68), Greenbrier (65), Upshur (58), and Preston County (54). The top three counties had ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-12-09
    4 months ago
  • “Christmas at Cacapon” event features Historic Old Inn on Dec. 16, 2018
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News “Christmas at Cacapon” event features Historic Old Inn on Dec. 16, 2018 BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Cacapon Resort State Park is hosting a holiday celebration on Sunday, Dec. 16. The Historic Old Inn, West Virginia’s first state park lodge, will be decorated for the holidays, setting the stage for an afternoon of activities. Santa will greet children from 1-2:30 p.m. “This is a good time to bring a camera to capture pictures with Santa and wintry scenes at Cacapon,” said Valerie Chaney, Cacapon events coordinator. “If there is snow, Santa will encourage making snow angels outdoors. The fireplace will warm guests who enjoy the outdoors as well as indoor festivities.” An old-fashioned caroling and sing-along with the Morgan County Community Concert Band’s Small Ensemble will start at 3:30 p.m. There will be light refreshments and Christmas cookies. The afternoon at the Inn will be free and open to the public. The park’s restaurant at Cacapon Lodge is open daily. The Old Inn is a popular family reunion setting with 12-sleeping rooms, a great room for gathering and full kitchen. For additional information about activities and events at Cacapon Resort State Park, call 304-258-1022. Learn more about Cacapon State Park at www.cacaponresort.com. ###   ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-12-06
    4 months ago
  • Stonewall Resort offers holiday events and activities
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Stonewall Resort offers holiday events and activities ROANOKE, W.Va. — Stonewall Resort is hosting a series of holiday-themed events with activities scheduled each weekend in December, running through New Year’s Day. “We call these event and activity-filled weekends ‘The Season of Comfort and Joy’ to encourage people to celebrate this special time of the year with family or loved-ones in the cozy, amenity-filled confines of Stonewall Resort,” said André D’Amour, general manager of Stonewall Resort  The following activities will occur on the weekends of Dec. 7, and Dec. 14:  Breakfast with Santa in Stillwaters Restaurant on Saturday mornings Culinary demonstrations on how to build a gingerbread house or holiday “mixology” on Saturdays Variety of recreation opportunities, including special movie showings and Christmas craft activities Christmas “Tuck-ins” by one of Santa’s elves on select Friday/Saturday evenings Live, holiday musical performances in the Grand Hall with complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and warm cider Brunch with Santa each Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. West Virginia native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the 2011 winner of NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent, will perform a special holiday concert in the Stonewall Resort ballroom Saturday evening, Dec. 8.  The event is open to the public and tickets are available at www.Landaumurphyjr.com, or by calling 703-268-4218. Stonewall Resort will host a “Not-So-Silent Night Community Holiday Party” on ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-12-05
    5 months ago
  • East River Mountain Town Band Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 2, at Pipestem Resort State Park
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News East River Mountain Town Band Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 2, at Pipestem Resort State Park PIPESTEM, W.Va. — The East River Mountain Town Band will perform an afternoon of holiday music at Pipestem Resort State Park on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. The free two-hour concert includes an intermission and will be held in the Hudkins Conference Center at McKeever Lodge. “If you enjoy live music, breathtaking views and holiday decorations, then you don’t want to miss this event,” said Pipestem activities coordinator Kim Hawkins. “It’s sure to be a good time for all.” The Town Band has 45 members from Bluefield, West Virginia, and its surrounding area. The band performs at Pipestem each year during the holiday season as well as Memorial Day weekend. Also planned for Sunday, Dec. 2, is an “Intro to Hiking and Survival” workshop with Jessie Conner, starting at 11 a.m. in the lobby of McKeever Lodge. Participants will learn about hiking safety, Leave No Trace and survival skills. Pipestem’s Bluestone Dining Room is open and features a Sunday buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as evening dining. Pipestem’s Nature Center is open Friday and Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information about Pipestem Resort State Park, activities and lodging, visit www.wvstateparks.com. ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-11-27
    5 months ago
  • West Virginia’s muzzleloader deer season opens Dec. 10, 2018
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News West Virginia’s muzzleloader deer season opens Dec. 10, 2018 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s muzzleloader deer hunting season will open Dec. 10 and run through Dec. 16, 2018. During muzzleloader season, antlered deer are legal in all counties that have a buck firearms season, and deer of either sex are legal in all counties or parts thereof that have an antlerless season. Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties are closed to all firearms deer hunting, including the muzzleloader deer season. The season bag limit is one deer on a base license and one additional deer with the purchase of a class RM or class RRM stamp. The additional muzzleloader stamps must be purchased before the start of muzzleloader season. RM is the stamp designated for residents and RRM is the stamp designated for nonresidents. Crossbows can be substituted for a muzzleloader firearm during the muzzleloader deer season; however, bows cannot be substituted for a muzzleloader. Concurrent archery hunting is legal during the muzzleloader season, subject to all archery deer hunting regulations. Concurrent waterfowl hunting is also legal. No more than three bucks can be harvested in a calendar year (all seasons combined). All hunters afield during this week are required to wear blaze orange. For more information, hunters should read the 2018-2019 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-11-27
    5 months ago
  • State park gifts cards include “Something Extra” to encourage visits to parks and forests
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News State park gifts cards include “Something Extra” to encourage visits to parks and forests SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The perfect gift is one that keeps on giving, and West Virginia State Parks is including “Something Extra” this holiday season on gift card purchases of $100 or more. This bonus includes eight coupons that can be used at select state parks and forests in 2019. West Virginia State Parks gift cards can be used to pay for lodge rooms and cabins, and on dining, gift shops or other activities that charge a fee where debit/credit card equipment is used. Each gift card purchase of $100 made online or by telephone between Nov. 1 and Dec. 14 will also receive up to eight “extras” such as “two-for-one” offers and other discounts at state parks and forests. “Giving a state park gift card is a personal invitation to family and friends to visit a favorite park or forest,” said Miranda Cope, who works in the State Parks central office. “Some people even buy a card for themselves just to get the extras.” Gift cards may be purchased online at wvstateparks.com or by calling 304-558-2764. There is no shipping or handling fee, and gift cards and “Something Extra” coupons are mailed together. While gift cards can be used any time for all purchases and services ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-11-21
    5 months ago
  • Canaan Valley Resort opening tubing and skating park for Thanksgiving weekend
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Canaan Valley Resort opening tubing and skating park for Thanksgiving weekend DAVIS, W.Va. – Canaan Valley Resort State Park is starting the winter season early this year by opening its tubing and ice skating areas during the Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 22-25. “We’re excited to be opening our snow park for a weekend of Thanksgiving family fun,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager at Canaan Valley Resort. “After a day of tubing and skating, we invite our guests to spend the night at our beautiful lodge. It’s a great place to relax for a few days during the holiday break, enjoy a delicious meal and reconnect with loved ones.” The resort’s 1,200 feet long tube run is the longest in the Mid-Atlantic and features a “magic carpet” lift that zips riders back to the top of the hill. The tubing park will be open 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22; 2-4 p.m., 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov.23, and Saturday, Nov. 24; and 8-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25. The outdoor covered skating rink will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the last session on Nov. 25, the tubing and skating park will be open on weekends until the opening of Canaan Valley Resort’s ski areas in mid-December. Canaan ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-11-19
    5 months ago
  • West Virginia’s buck firearms season opens Nov. 19, 2018
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News West Virginia’s buck firearms season opens Nov. 19, 2018 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 19, the earliest possible opening date. This season opens the Monday before Thanksgiving every year, and gives hunters an opportunity to hunt during part of the rut, when bucks are active. “Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2018,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of Game Management for the Division of Natural Resources. “West Virginia’s deer seasons provide quality outdoor recreation for hunters and, at the same time, boosts the state’s economy by hundreds of millions of dollars.” Hunters may harvest two deer on the same day, but only one of those can be an antlered buck. The first deer does not have to be legally checked before harvesting the second deer in the same day. However, all deer must be checked and the checking confirmation number recorded by the hunter before hunting during any subsequent day. Hunters are required to use their permanent DNR identification number to check in their game from their phones at 1-844-WVCHECK, their computers at wvhunt.com or at a hunting and fishing license agent. For a list of license agents, visit wvdnr.gov. Harvesting an additional buck Resident hunters wanting the opportunity to harvest an additional buck must buy the Class RG ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-11-13
    5 months ago
  • 2018 West Virginia deer firearms season fact sheet
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News 2018 West Virginia deer firearms season fact sheet SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The 2018 West Virginia buck firearms season will start Monday, Nov. 19 and run through Dec. 1. Here are a few facts about the season: Buck firearm season is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming. Sunday hunting will be legal on public lands throughout West Virginia, and on private land with written permission of the landowner. The only Sunday that falls within the two-week buck firearms season is Nov. 25. All deer harvested by hunters in Berkeley and Mineral counties on Nov. 19 and 20 are required to be brought to a designated Biological Game Examination Station. For station locations, consult page 12 of the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary. Approximately 250,000 deer hunters will be in West Virginia's woods this season. Hunters should review the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for detailed instructions concerning bag limits and season dates. The regulations are available at license agents, DNR district offices and online at www.wvdnr.gov. All hunters must use their permanent DNR ID number to check game. The ID number can be found on annual hunting licenses. Hunters who have registered with the electronic licensing system in the past must use the number they were previously provided.  They also can be obtained by calling ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-11-13
    5 months ago
  • “Trees of Our Heritage” on display at Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News “Trees of Our Heritage” on display at Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — It’s beginning to look like Christmas at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg, with the annual “Trees of Our Heritage” display underway through Dec. 23, 2018. The event features 36 Christmas trees representing different countries around the world, as well as special memorials or holiday themes displayed on the museum’s three levels. A new tree was added this year that serves as a memorial or tribute tree for World War I, which ended 100 years ago this month. “This special exhibit of holiday trees is a great way for folks to connect with their family heritage and learn more about different holiday traditions celebrated by other countries,” said Pam Salisbury, event coordinator for Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 23. Admission rates are $4 for adults and $2 for children 3-12. For more information, call 304-420-4800. The museum is located at 137 Juliana Street in Parkersburg. The museum gift shop will be open with many special items for the holiday gift-giving season. Gift-wrapping will be available. The museum also features a video about the Blennerhassetts and the history of the island. Exhibits relating to Parkersburg ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-11-13
    5 months ago
  • Correction to 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Regulations
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Correction to 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Regulations SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Regulations brochure published in July include inaccurate dates for the antlerless deer season at two West Virginia wildlife management areas. The correct dates for antlerless deer hunting at Stonecoal Lake and Stonewall Jackson Lake WMAs are Nov. 19 – Dec. 1, Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 28-31, 2018. For more information, contact a district office near you: District 1 Farmington, 304-825-6787 District 2 Romney, 304-822-3551 District 3 French Creek, 304-924-6211 District 4 Beckley, 304-256-6947 District 5 Alum Creek, 304-756-1023 District 6 Parkersburg, 304-420-4550 Elkins Operations Center, 304-637-0245 ###   ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-18
    6 months ago
  • Natural Resources Commission to meet Oct. 28 at Stonewall Resort State Park
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Natural Resources Commission to meet Oct. 28 at Stonewall Resort State Park ROANOKE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will conduct its next quarterly meeting on Sunday, July 29 at Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend and make comments. Items on the agenda include: Review, Correct and Approve the Minutes of the July 29, 2018, Meeting at Stonewall Resort State Park Review Results of Deer Hunters Survey Public Comments Director Stephen McDaniel’s Comments Wildlife Management Areas – 5-year Plan ###   ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-18
    6 months ago
  • River otter carcasses needed for WVDNR study
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News River otter carcasses needed for WVDNR study ELKINS, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking trappers to donate river otter carcasses to assist in collecting much-needed data on otter populations in the state. Reproductive and age data collected from carcasses will be used to model the state’s population and better determine how the otter population would respond to any changes in bag limits and season lengths. DNR is looking to collect 50-75 carcasses a year over the course of the next five trapping seasons. A $20 gift card is being offered for each useable carcass, which include those with skulls and all organs intact. Trappers are asked to freeze carcasses as soon as they are skinned. Fresh or frozen carcasses may be delivered to any DNR district wildlife office where a data sheet must be filled out by DNR staff. Trappers may also make arrangements to have their carcasses picked up by calling one of the district offices listed below. District 1 Farmington, Steve Rauch, 304-825-6787 District 2 Romney, Rich Rogers, 304-822-3551 District 3 French Creek, Tyler Evans, 304-924-6211 District 4 Beckley, Todd Dowdy, 304-256-6947 District 5 Alum Creek, Kem Shaw, 304-756-1023 District 6 Parkersburg, Jeff McCrady, 304-420-4550 Elkins Operations Center, Keith Krantz, 304-637-0245 For more information about the study or carcass collections, contact the district office ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-17
    6 months ago
  • West Virginia State Parks Offering Veterans Appreciation Lodging Discount Nov. 1-15
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News West Virginia State Parks Offering Veterans Appreciation Lodging Discount Nov. 1-15 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As a way to thank veterans and military personnel for their service, West Virginia State Parks is offering a 50 percent discount on lodge rooms and cabins Nov. 1-15, 2018. “Each year, we recognize our visitors who have served or are currently serving our country by offering this veterans appreciation program,” said Sam England, chief for West Virginia State Parks. “West Virginia State Parks thanks all veterans for all the sacrifices they’ve made.” The discount is available to all military personnel who have served or are in reserve or active duty. Reservations can be made at wvstateparks.com with the promotional code, VETERAN. Those who use the discount are asked to present a military ID or proof of veteran status upon check in. The offer is subject to availability and regular minimum stay requirements and cannot be combined with other packages, discounts or promotions. Two-night reservations are suggested on weekends. Reservations are requested in advance. Participating parks and forests include: Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley Resort, Cass Scenic Railroad (company house rentals), Chief Logan Lodge, Hawks Nest, Holly River, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Twin Falls Resort, Tygart Lake and Watoga, Cabwaylingo, Greenbrier and Kumbrabow. Reservations also can be made by calling ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-16
    6 months ago
  • Tests for Natural Resources Police Officer positions scheduled Oct. 26 and 27, 2018
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Tests for Natural Resources Police Officer positions scheduled Oct. 26 and 27, 2018 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has scheduled Physical Agility Tests (PAT) on Oct. 26-27 for anyone interested in applying for open Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions. The tests will be at the South Charleston Community Center and start at 9 a.m. Walk-ons will be accepted. Applicants also will be required to take a written exam at DNR’s South Charleston office at 324 4th Avenue, either day at 12:30 p.m. Interviews for successful applicants will be held Nov. 7-9. Times and a location will be announced at the PAT. During the PAT, candidates must complete a 37.5-yard swim, a minimum of 18 pushups in proper form in one minute and 28 sit-ups in proper form in one minute, and a 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes, 36 seconds or less. Candidates should bring long pants and a shirt for the fully clothed swimming test and a change of clothing for the running test. Passing the PAT is required to become a Natural Resources Police Officer. To be considered, candidates must be willing to relocate and work in any county in the state. They also must be willing to work all shifts and be on call. County assignment ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-15
    6 months ago
  • Wild Game is a Nutritional, Natural Source of Protein
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Wild Game is a Nutritional, Natural Source of Protein FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — West Virginia's abundance of wildlife and hunting seasons provides opportunities for many families to fill their freezers with highly nutritious wild game. Wild game provides a low-fat, high-protein alternative to beef or other commercial meats. For example, white-tailed deer (venison) contains fewer calories and approximately five times less fat than the equivalent serving of beef. "Wild game that is legally harvested during one of West Virginia's hunting seasons provides a healthy source of protein for many West Virginians," said Tyler Evans, wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. "Many West Virginians incorporate venison, wild turkey and other wild game into their diets on a regular basis." Hunters and their families are not the only West Virginians who benefit from the state's abundant supply of wild game. The DNR-sponsored Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program processes deer for needy families and individuals in the Mountain State. Since the program’s inception in 1992, approximately 979,549 pounds of venison have been donated. In 2017 alone, 554 deer (19,702 pounds of nutritious venison) were donated to the HHH Program and contributed to approximately 26,269 family-style meals. For more information about the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program, please visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov or call the DNR district office in ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-15
    6 months ago
  • Create and celebrate your own holiday with a party at North Bend State Park
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Create and celebrate your own holiday with a party at North Bend State Park CAIRO, W.Va. — North Bend State Park in Ritchie County is offering a Holiday Party Special this October through December for small and large groups. The party special is designed for group events where friends, family or co-workers can get together and enjoy an outing that includes a great meal in a private dining area. “Whether it’s a traditional fall holiday, or even if you want to create your own, we can provide a special party in a relaxed setting that everyone will remember,” said Group Services Specialist Kristi Steed. “The lodge is decorated, the lobby is open to the public and the fireplace area is a wonderful place to meet and greet guests as they arrive.” The Holiday Party Special includes a two-entrée buffet, all the fixings, and special holiday deserts for groups of 35 or more. The cost is $18.95 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Rates for children and groups of 34 or fewer are available. Overnight lodging also is available. For more information or to make reservations, contact Kristi Steed at 304-643-2931 or visit www.northbendsp.com. ### Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce North Bend State Park is offering a Holiday Party Special for large and small groups  October through ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-11
    6 months ago
  • Youth, Class Q/QQ, and Class XS Deer Season to Open Oct. 20, Dec. 26–27
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Youth, Class Q/QQ, and Class XS Deer Season to Open Oct. 20, Dec. 26–27 FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons with a Class Q/QQ permit and senior citizens with a Class XS license will soon be underway. The first segment of the season is Oct. 20. The second segment is Dec. 26-27. Hunting is permitted on private and public lands in counties that have a firearms deer hunting season. Youth hunters ages 8-17 may participate in this special antlerless deer season. Hunters ages 8-14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult who may not hunt or possess implements for the taking of wildlife. Hunters ages 15-17 must comply with all licensing requirements. Senior hunters who have a Class XS lifetime hunting/trapping/fishing license may also participate in this special antlerless deer season. "This special split antlerless season provides an excellent opportunity for parents and other mentoring adults to pass on the safe habits and traditions of hunting to youth hunters," said Tyler Evans, Division of Natural Resources wildlife biologist. "This season also provides an excellent opportunity for seniors and other eligible hunters to take to the woods at a time when there is not as much hunting pressure." All hunters participating in this season, as well as accompanying adults, must wear at least 400 ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-10
    6 months ago
  • West Virginia’s 2018 fall wild turkey season opens Oct. 13
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News West Virginia’s 2018 fall wild turkey season opens Oct. 13 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s fall wild turkey season opens Oct.13. This will be the third year that all 55 counties will have a least a one-week fall season. It’s also the first fall turkey season where Sunday hunting is permitted on both private and public lands. “Fall seasons are based on county specific spring gobbler season harvest, excluding the 14 traditional fall season counties,” said Mike Peters, upland game bird biologist with the Division of Natural Resources. “This year’s spring gobbler harvest was the highest in the past 15 years and is reflected in the increased number of counties that have a two-week season.” Twenty-two counties have a one-week season, 19 counties have a split two-week season and 14 counties have a split four-week season. During the fall season, only one bird of either sex can be harvested using a bow, crossbow or gun. Hunting hours are from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. The use of electronic calls and bait is prohibited. Refer to the 2018-19 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary available at DNR offices and license agents and online at www.wvdnr.gov for details. ### Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. West Virginia’s 2018 fall turkey hunting season opens statewide ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-09
    6 months ago
  • West Virginia Fall Trout Stockings Begin Oct. 15
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News West Virginia Fall Trout Stockings Begin Oct. 15 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock 26 streams and 11 lakes with trout during the weeks of Oct. 15 and 22. Fall trout stocking traditionally occurs during the week of Columbus Day and the following week, but this year’s stocking will begin a week later. “There are several reasons for delaying the trout stocking by one week,” said Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. “Even though we’ve had a lot of rainfall this year, this time of year is typically very dry and water temperatures can be very warm. Delaying the stocking by even one week increases the chance of rain falling and the water temperatures getting cooler.” The schedule change also helps hatchery staff ensure trout spawning is completed in a timely fashion and those large brood fish can be put out to anglers. Call the Fishing Hotline at 304-558-3399 or visit www.wvdnr.gov each afternoon to find out which streams and lakes have been stocked each day. ### Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. West Virginia’s fall trout stockings will be held the weeks of Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, 2018.     ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-04
    7 months ago
  • DNR releases 2018 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News DNR releases 2018 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook ELKINS, W.Va. — Hunters getting ready for the fall hunting seasons can now consult the 2018 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook publication, available on the Hunting section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website at www.wvdnr.gov. Since 1971, the DNR Wildlife Resources Section, in cooperation with volunteers from numerous other agencies, has conducted a fall mast survey to determine the abundance of mast produced by 18 species of trees and shrubs. “The availability of fall foods has significant impacts on wildlife populations and harvests,” said Chris Ryan, supervisor of the Game Management Services for the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. “Our biologists have used the mast survey data to demonstrate a strong correlation between mast conditions and deer, bear and turkey harvests. In addition to the impacts on harvests, the amount of food available each year can affect the reproductive success of numerous species, which affects population in following years.” Production of white oak acorns, walnuts and hickory nuts is significantly higher than the long-term average and will have effects on the 2018–2019 hunting seasons. Black/red oak, scarlet oak and black cherry are down significantly from last year and well below their long-term average.   “It is very important for hunters to scout and consider the type and amount of food available ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-10-04
    7 months ago
  • Blennerhassett Island’s Mansion by Candlelight Tours Return Oct. 12 and 13
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Blennerhassett Island’s Mansion by Candlelight Tours Return Oct. 12 and 13 PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — For two nights in October, visitors to Blennerhassett Island can experience the flame-lit world of 1805 and attend a period-accurate party during the park’s popular Mansion by Candlelight event. On Oct. 12-13, Blennerhassett Island will come alive at dusk with candlelight from hundreds of lanterns illuminating the graveled paths from the sternwheeler landing to the candlelit mansion. The event includes a re-enactment of a party hosted by the Blennerhassetts, whom the island is named after. “If you’ve never attended the Mansion by Candlelight tour, then you’re missing out on a big part of Blennerhassett Island and it’s 18-century history and story,” said event coordinator Pam Salisbury. Harman Blennerhassett, a wealthy Irish aristocrat, settled on the wilderness island in 1798 with his wife Margaret and completed construction of their mansion in 1800. The Candlelight tour is an opportunity to visit the island and see its exciting history brought to life. Rena and Bill Swearingen, local actors who will portray the Blennerhassetts, will join costumed re-enactors in greeting visitors. Music will be played on hammered dulcimers and other stringed instruments by the Valley Renaissance Consort Recorders. Guests can also expect dancing, a lively game of cards, strolling minstrels and more. Also planned is a “servants’ party,” where guests can ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-09-27
    7 months ago
  • National forest and wildlife management area roads in West Virginia open to physically challenged hunters
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News National forest and wildlife management area roads in West Virginia open to physically challenged hunters SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Numerous special hunter access roads will be open to Class Q/QQ physically challenged hunters on state-owned and National Forest Cooperative Wildlife Management Areas this fall. “Thanks to our partnerships with the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and the Monongahela National Forest, we’ve been able to provide some excellent hunting opportunities to physically challenged hunters,” said Paul Johansen, chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. “We started this program about two decades ago and we’re very pleased with how it has expanded.” Class Q (resident) and QQ (non-resident) hunting permits are issued by the DNR to applicants who are permanently disabled in their lower extremities, as certified by a licensed physician. Approved applicants will be issued a wallet-sized permit card. This card must be presented in person at the appropriate National Forest or DNR district office to receive a letter of authorization and a gate key to use designated Class Q/QQ roads, which are kept closed and locked to ensure restricted access. Class Q/QQ hunters must obey all National Forest and/or state WMA rules and all state hunting regulations while behind gates. All appropriate documentation, licenses, and stamps must be in the hunter’s possession while he or she is hunting. Nonresident hunters ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-09-25
    7 months ago
  • Motorists urged to be extra cautious during fall months to avoid deer collisions
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Motorists urged to be extra cautious during fall months to avoid deer collisions FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources urges motorists to exercise caution while driving during the fall months because vehicle collisions with deer typically increase during this time of year. "Because West Virginia has an abundant white-tailed deer population, there are more opportunities for collisions, especially during the peak breeding season in October and November when deer are more active,” said Tyler Evans, DNR Wildlife Resources Section wildlife biologist. “On average, about 40 percent of deer-vehicle collisions in West Virginia take place between October and December.” The state’s rugged terrain also contributes to collisions, as high-quality deer habitat often is in valleys where conditions allow for agricultural production and more natural food sources. Winding, hilly roads bordered by forests also reduce the distance drivers can see animals ahead, increasing the chances of collisions. DNR urges motorists to observe the following driving tips: Be aware of your surroundings and make use of your peripheral vision. If you see a deer in the roadway, immediately reduce your speed and honk your horn using short blasts. Drive with your headlights on and use high beams whenever it is safe to do so. Drive at a reduced speed, especially during early morning and late evening hours when deer ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-09-25
    7 months ago
  • West Virginia Gold Rush returns in 2019 WVDNR announces special golden rainbow trout stockings April 1-6
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News West Virginia Gold Rush returns in 2019 WVDNR announces special golden rainbow trout stockings April 1-6 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Gold Rush, a special stocking of golden rainbow trout, will return in 2019 with more fish and locations, according to West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel. Gold Rush will return the week of April 1-6, 2019 and include stockings and events at more than 55 lakes and streams across the state, including 12 state parks. That week, DNR personnel will stock only golden rainbow trout in designated lakes and streams. To ensure families have plenty of opportunities to participate in the event, DNR is planning a big release on Saturday, April 6, 2019, the last day of the event. “The first West Virginia Gold Rush exceeded our already-high expectations, bringing hundreds of new, active and reactivated anglers back to our lakes and streams,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “Thanks to the efforts of our trout hatcheries staff, we will be able to do it again next year, with more trout, more locations and more chances to strike ‘gold.’” Gold Rush stockings are not part of DNR’s regularly scheduled trout stockings, which have golden rainbows stocked at a one-to-10 ratio with regular rainbow trout. A list of stocked waters and more details about Gold Rush can ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-09-21
    7 months ago
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park, Sept. 22-23, 2018
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park, Sept. 22-23, 2018 ROANOKE, W.Va. – Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22-23, 2018. The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with approximately 100 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation-related merchandise and information. Staff from the Wildlife Resources, Law Enforcement and State Parks sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be available throughout the weekend to assist visitors in learning skills and to answer any questions they may have. West Virginia native Frank Addington Jr. will perform hour-long shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Addington’s “bow and arrow razzle-dazzle” will feature shooting aspirin-sized objects out of the air. The entirety of the show is shot with a recurve bow behind his back. For the first time, the Mountain State Kayak Anglers are hosting a bass fishing tournament. Up to 200 anglers will be competing Saturday on Stonewall, Stonecoal and Burnsville lakes. A cash prize of $10,000 will go to the top angler during the awards ceremony at noon Sunday. The Outdoor Youth Challenge will take place Saturday and Sunday. Youth ages 6-18 may participate and ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-09-19
    7 months ago
  • West Virginia’s archery and crossbow seasons open Sept. 29, 2018
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News West Virginia’s archery and crossbow seasons open Sept. 29, 2018 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2018 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 29. The archery and crossbow deer and bear seasons run through Dec. 31. The wild boar archery and crossbow season is a split season, with the first segment also from Sept. 29 to Dec. 31 and an additional late season from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2019. To hunt the February wild boar season, hunters will need a 2019 hunting license. Bear hunters must buy a Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS) in addition to a base license (nonresidents need a Class EE Bear Hunting License). Two bears may be taken per year, provided at least one bear is taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Preston, Raleigh or Wyoming counties. Other than the Class DS stamp, no additional stamps are needed to harvest bears during the archery and crossbow season, except for nonresidents hunting on the National Forest (Class I stamp). The daily bag limit for bear remains one bear per day. Hunters must buy stamps if they wish to harvest additional deer during the archery and/or crossbow seasons. One or two additional archery deer, depending on the county, may be taken with Class RB (resident) ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-09-17
    7 months ago
  • Hunters encouraged to perform preseason scouting and equipment checks
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Hunters encouraged to perform preseason scouting and equipment checks SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — September marks the beginning of many hunting seasons and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources would like to remind hunters to prepare by scouting, inspecting equipment and sharpening their skills. “By late August, you should be able to gauge fall mast conditions in the areas you hunt,” said Ethan Barton, a DNR wildlife biologist stationed in Romney. “Mast crop quantity is a good indicator of whether or not a hunting area will be productive." DNR wildlife biologists and managers conduct mast surveys statewide every year, and early indicators this year point toward a mixed mast crop. Deer, bear, and boar hunters should look for producing oaks or other desirable food close to bedding cover or habitat edges, and squirrel hunters should seek out producing oaks and hickories. According to Barton, squirrels should be more abundant this year than during last hunting season. “Hard mast production has a time-lagged effect on squirrel populations. More mast during the previous autumn means higher overwinter survival and more reproduction for squirrels the following year,” he said. Preseason scouting will help hunters locate the food and cover which game animals require, and that effort should translate into better success and recreational experiences during hunting seasons. Another important preseason activity for hunters is ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-31
    8 months ago
  • Elk Management Project Tours begin at Chief Logan Lodge in September and October 2018
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Elk Management Project Tours begin at Chief Logan Lodge in September and October 2018 LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be leading 20 guided tours of the state’s elk reintroduction site in Logan County in September and October. Public tours will start at Chief Logan Lodge and include a visit to the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area, where elk from Kentucky and Arizona were released in 2016 and 2018. West Virginia’s last native elk was seen in Webster County in 1875. About 90 free-roaming elk make up the growing herd. The tour is four hours and includes a program about the elk, their habits, habitat, and the challenges and future of elk management, led by Chief Logan State Park naturalist and biologist Lauren Cole. “There is a good chance tourists will see an elk or even hear a bull bugle,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “But even if they don’t, these tours are still something you don’t want to miss. The program is fun and informative, and the location and terrain of southern West Virginia is amazing.” Morning or evening tours are offered at 5:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Advance registration is required and participation is limited to 13. The tour costs $30 for adults and $27 for kids 15 and younger. Tickets include breakfast or late ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-31
    8 months ago
  • Applications for controlled deer hunts at nine West Virginia state parks available
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Applications for controlled deer hunts at nine West Virginia state parks available SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Applications to participate in controlled deer hunts at nine West Virginia state parks are being accepted through Sept. 9. These hunts are scheduled throughout the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley Resort, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Stonewall Resort, Twin Falls and Watoga. “Previous controlled hunts have been successful in helping us manage deer populations at our parks,” said West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England. “It is an effective and efficient way to maintain a biologically and socially balanced deer herd in areas with overpopulation.” Applications for the hunt must be submitted online at www.wvhunt.com. Applicants must use their existing Electronic Licensing and Game Checking System account, or create one. Once logged in, applicants must select “State Park Lottery Hunts” and then choose one of the hunting options for each $15 application fee. Each application can be for one or two people. Drawings for the hunts will start on Sept. 10. Successful applicants will be notified between Sept. 14 and 21. Each application is for a three-day harvest opportunity using archery/crossbow or muzzleloader rifles, depending upon the dates, hunt types, and designated areas. Rather than specified hunting stands for each hunter, as used in past controlled hunts, all hunters will be provided ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-29
    8 months ago
  • Tests for Natural Resources Police Officer positions scheduled Sept. 7-8
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Tests for Natural Resources Police Officer positions scheduled Sept. 7-8 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has scheduled Physical Agility Tests (PAT) for anyone interested in applying for open Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions. The tests, scheduled for Sept. 7-8, will be at DNR’s South Charleston office at 324 4th Ave. starting at 9 a.m. Walk-ons will be accepted. Applicants also will be required to take a written exam at the West Virginia State Police Academy, either day at 12:30 p.m. Interviews for successful applicants will be held Sept.12-14. Times and a location will be announced at the PAT. During the PAT, candidates must complete a 37.5-yard swim, a minimum of 18 pushups in proper form in one minute and 28 sit-ups in proper form in one minute, and a 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes, 36 seconds or less. Candidates should bring long pants and a shirt for the fully clothed swimming test and a change of clothing for the running test. Passing the PAT is required to become a Natural Resources Police officer. To be considered, candidates must be willing to relocate and work in any county in the state. They also must be willing to work all shifts and be on call. County assignment cannot be guaranteed. ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-29
    8 months ago
  • Panther State Forest’s main access road closed due to flood-related slippage
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Panther State Forest’s main access road closed due to flood-related slippage PANTHER, W.Va. — Recent flooding has caused a slippage and closed the main access road to Panther State Forest in McDowell County. Mark Wylie, district administrator for the Parks and Recreation Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, said the Division of Highways District 10 office in Princeton is beginning repair work to the damaged section of County Road 1 and hopes to have it reopened within the next 30 days. In the meantime, alternate routes into Panther State Forest are being assessed and soon will be made available to the public. Before attempting to drive to Panther State Forest, visitors are encouraged to check with the forest office at 304-938-2252, the West Virginia State Parks pages on Facebook and Twitter, or the state parks website www.wvstateparks.com for updates on the closure. Panther State Forest, located on the border of West Virginia and Kentucky, is the state’s southernmost state forest. It occupies 7,810 rugged acres and its heavily wooded surroundings offer a range of outdoor amenities like camping, hiking trails, scenic overlooks, fishing, picnicking, swimming and hunting. ###   ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-10
    8 months ago
  • WVDNR reminds hunters about ethics and getting land owner permission
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News WVDNR reminds hunters about ethics and getting land owner permission SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In anticipation of fall hunting season coming up, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding outdoorsmen and women to prepare for a safe and enjoyable season and to refreshing themselves on hunting ethics. “Hunting ethically and legally preserves our image as sportsmen and women and promotes good stewardship of our natural resources,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of Game Management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. One of the first steps in planning a hunting trip is identifying a place you’d like to hunt and checking regulations for that area/county. Topography or proximity to your home also may be a factor in choosing a location. Should a hunter choose to hunt on private land, they should obtain written permission from the landowner and go over any ground rules for hunting in the area. While private land makes up 90 percent of West Virginia, there are still more than 1.4 million acres of public land open to hunting. This includes wildlife management areas, state forests and national forests. “We encourage folks to check out the DNR Hunting Interactive Map online at www.mapwv.gov/huntfish/ to explore areas open to hunting,” said Paul Johansen, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. Hunters also should practice shooting ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-09
    8 months ago
  • Hunting season changes explained in 2018-2019 West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations summary brochure
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Hunting season changes explained in 2018-2019 West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations summary brochure SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Several important changes in the state’s fall hunting seasons are included in the new 2018-2019 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary. The regulations brochure is available at hunting and fishing license agents, DNR district offices, DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices and online at www.wvdnr.gov. Hunters and trappers are encouraged to carefully review these regulations. Numerous regulation changes will be in place this fall, including those that will affect turkey, bear, boar, raccoon and deer hunting. Major regulation changes for 2018-2019 include the following: Sunday hunting is legal on public lands throughout West Virginia. Fall wild turkey season dates and open counties have changed. Wild boar seasons will be split, with the second portion for gun, archery and crossbow to be held Feb. 1-3, 2019. Black bear archery and crossbow season will no longer be split, and the seasons will run statewide from Sept. 29 to Dec. 31, 2018. The dates for the second segment on the antlerless deer season have changed and will run Dec. 6-9, 2018. The muzzleloader deer season dates have changed and will run Dec. 10-16, 2018. Berkeley and Mineral counties are now included in the deer carcass transport restriction associated with the West Virginia Chronic Wasting Disease ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-09
    8 months ago
  • North Bend State Park to host 51st Nature Wonder Weekend Sept. 21-23
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News North Bend State Park to host 51st Nature Wonder Weekend Sept. 21-23 CAIRO, W.Va. — North Bend State Park’s Nature Wonder Weekend, North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event, will celebrate its 51st annual event Sept. 21-23. The theme of this year’s event is “Forage and Feast.” “This year we will get back to the basics of this long-running event, and participants will enjoy a weekend of foraging and preparation at its best,” said Emily Fleming, deputy director for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “North Bend State Park has long been a forager’s paradise with an abundance of edible wild foods. Experienced foragers will be there to help attendees discover the richness nature provides.” Wild food foragers from across the country attend the Nature Wonder Weekend every year. This year’s keynote speaker will be Doug Elliott, naturalist, herbalist, storyteller and author from Union Mills, North Carolina. Other guest speakers will include Mike Krebill, wild foods author and teacher from Keokuk, Iowa, and Sam England, chief of West Virginia State Parks. Events begin Friday evening and conclude Sunday morning. There are scheduled speakers, presentations, nature walks, the event’s first-ever bike hike and collection and preparation of wild foods. Activities include a park tour, wild food identification instruction, the Hazel Wood Commemorative Wild Food Cooking Contest and the Bill Faust ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-09
    8 months ago
  • 2018-2019 mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe, sora and Virginia rails seasons set
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News 2018-2019 mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe, sora and Virginia rails seasons set SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2018-2019 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe and sora and Virginia rails have been set. These seasons are set within the annual guidelines established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The dove season is split into three segments. The first segment runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 13. Shooting hours on Sept. 1 are noon to sunset. For the remainder of the season, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit is 15 birds. The woodcock season is split into two segments. Both the snipe and rail seasons are a single segment. Shooting hours for woodcock, snipe and rails are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. All licensed migratory bird hunters, including lifetime license holders and senior citizens, must have a valid Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card. HIP cards are available online at www.wvhunt.com and at license agents. Species Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Mourning Dove        (3-way split) Sept. 1 – Oct. 13        Oct. 29 – Nov. 17      Dec. 17 – Jan. 12 15 45 Woodcock              (2-way split) Oct. ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-09
    8 months ago
  • North Bend offers rappelling, mountain biking and kayaking classes Aug. 11
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News North Bend offers rappelling, mountain biking and kayaking classes Aug. 11 CAIRO, W.Va. — North Bend State Park will offer rappelling, mountain biking and kayaking classes on Saturday, Aug. 11 as part of its popular Quest program. These popular outdoor recreation skills courses last from two to four hours and will be taught by park rangers. Registration is required and is available until Aug. 10 by calling North Bend State Park at 304-643-2931 or by signing up at the front desk. Introduction to rappelling is a 2½ hour session that will include introduction to the equipment, safety measures, and belaying and rappelling techniques. The classes have a six-guests-to-1-guide ratio. The cost is $65 per person and all equipment is provided. Participants will meet at the North Bend Lodge at 10 a.m. The mountain biking basics and skills class is a four-hour session that includes instruction on maintenance, adjusting your bike’s fit, peddling cadence, how to get the most out of your gears, controlling your speed, balance, the ready position and simple obstacles. The group will take one of the park’s trails to work on breaking techniques, cornering, handling terrain, picking lines and putting it all together and making it flow like surfing through the woods. The cost is $35 per person. Participants will meet at the park's basecamp location at 1 ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-08-07
    9 months ago
  • Spellbinding ghost stories at Cacapon Resort State Park, Aug. 11, 2018
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Spellbinding ghost stories at Cacapon Resort State Park, Aug. 11, 2018 BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Cacapon Resort State Park will host West Virginia native and professional storyteller Adam Booth on Aug. 11 for a fun and family friendly evening of campfire ghost stories and tall tales. Booth has been professionally telling stories for more than 12 years. He’s performed across the country and was featured in “Wonderful West Virginia” Magazine’s May 2018 issue, which included a crash course on the art of Appalachian Storytelling. His storytelling days began years ago, while he was attending Shepherd University and working on a folklife project for an Appalachian culture class. He learned about the liar’s contest at the annual Vandalia Gathering in Charleston on Memorial Day Weekend. Entering for the first time, Booth came in third place. He later returned in subsequent years and won four times. He then served as the contest judge for three years. The event will be held at the campfire circle outside the Cacapon State Park Nature Center at 8:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. To learn more about facilities, programs and activities at Cacapon Resort State Park, visit www.wvstateparks.com or call 304-258-1022. ###   ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-07-27
    9 months ago
  • Natural Resources Commission to meet July 29 at Stonewall Resort State Par
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Natural Resources Commission to meet July 29 at Stonewall Resort State Park ROANOKE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will conduct its next quarterly meeting on Sunday, July 29 at Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend and make comments. Items on the agenda include: Awards Presentations Review, Correct and Approve the Minutes of the April 22, 2018, Canaan Resort State Park Meeting Public Comments Wildlife Management Areas – Habitat Management Updates Approval of the 2019-2020 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Approval of the 2019 Fishing Regulations Chief Logan Controlled Deer Hunt Postponed Until Further Action Director Stephen McDaniel’s Comments ###   ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-07-25
    9 months ago
  • Inaugural Cacapon State Park golf tournament to benefit Berkeley Springs High School golf program Sept. 15, 2018
    WV DNR News Release 5 L E G E N D1 - General News2 - Hunting News3 - Fishing News4 - Law Enforcement News5 - Parks News Inaugural Cacapon State Park golf tournament to benefit Berkeley Springs High School golf program Sept. 15, 2018 BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – Cacapon Resort State Park will host a golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in what is expected to become an annual event to support the local high school golf program. The park is working with sponsors and golfers to raise funds for the Berkeley Springs High School golf team, as well as the Cacapon Foundation and the general fund for sports programs in Berkeley County. “We are expecting Berkeley Springs High School alumni who have gone on to pursue careers in the golf industry to participate, too,” said BSHS Golf Coach Dale McCumbee. “Cacapon Supt. Scott Fortney has been very generous in allowing access to the golf course for this special event.” The cost for team registration is $60 per person, which includes a meal, beverage and a “goody bag.” The deadline for team registration is Sept. 1. Tee times may be requested between 1 and 3:15 p.m. and will be filled on a received basis. Cacapon is inviting local businesses to join two main corporate sponsors, DeWalt Tools and STS International, in supporting this fundraiser. Five levels of corporate sponsorship are available. The deadline to apply for sponsorship is Aug. 15. Raffles and prizes, including a 2018-2019 golf pass ... read more
    Source: West Virginia DNRPublished on 2018-07-25
    9 months ago