Last spring, I emphasized that this year's anterless season should be a major concern to all deer hunters. There will not be any firearms (modern or muzzleloader) anterless season in Randolph, Pocohontas, or Webster counties in 2008.
Tucker and Upshur counties will be open to unlimited permits for anterless season starting Nov. 24 on private acreage and on public and private land Nov. 26 through Dec. 13. The anterless season will reopen Dec. 24 through Dec. 27; however, nimrods will only be permitted to kill one deer. In Lewis and Pendleton counties, same dates and land conditions apply with a season limit of two deer. In Barbour County, the same dates and land conditions apply with a season limit of four deer. Hunters need to remember they must have in their possession a valid Class N stamp for residents and a Class NN stamp for non-residents for every deer taken.
Last week, I got the applications for the 2008 Anterless Deer Permits. The Division of Natural Resources is conducting two different limited anterless seasons this year. The first will be conducted on Stonewall Resort State Park.
Hunters may apply individually or as a two-party group. They must select only one of the three days this hunt will be conducted (Nov. 17, Nov. 18 or Nov. 19). Only one day can be chosen for each application, and only one application is permitted per person.
The hunting area is divided into two zones: a fixed-stand zone and a free-roaming zone. Hunters must apply for one of these zones. All applicants must designate the type of weapon they intend to use (bow or firearm). All other details are on the back of the application for this special, controlled deer hunt. Applications are available at the Elkins Operations Center on Ward Road and must be postmarked by Aug. 29.
The second limited anterless hunt will be conducted on six of the state wildlife management areas: Amherst/Plymouth, Burnsville, Cross Creek, Hillcrest, Stonecoal, and Stonewall Jackson. The ones that should be of the most interest to sportsmen and sportswomen in this area are Stonecoal and Stonewall Jackson. Fifty permits will be issued for Stonecoal and 300 permits for Stonewall Jackson.
Applications must be completed and received by the DNR Application Section by Aug. 23. The dates of this hunt will be Nov. 26 through Dec. 13, Dec. 24 through Dec. 27.
These permits will only be issued to West Virginia residents. Successful applicants should receive an "eligibility card" in the mail sometime in October. As always, the "eligibility card" may not be transferred to another person; and the location of the hunt cannot be changed.