GREEN BANK - The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank has announced applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Submitting an application enters the hunter in a drawing for a maximum of two days on the NRAO site. Applications for the drawing must be received by NRAO on or before Aug. 1. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and issued a special NRAO letter of authorization to deer hunt. Only hunters who have applied and have received a letter for a particular day or days can hunt. "Walk-ons" will not be permitted to hunt.
The controlled hunts, held for two days - Oct. 17 and 18 - under the auspices of the WVDNR, will take place on four delineated areas ranging in size from 132 acres to 1,000 acres. Each area is designated: Bow Only; or Muzzleloader and Shotgun with Slugs; or Muzzleoader Only. On the application, the hunter must choose a bow or the type of firearm they wish to use during the hunt.
The maximum bag limit during the NRAO hunt is two antlerless deer (one per day), except that an on-site lottery will be held each day of the hunt which will allow five hunters to hunt an either-sex deer. These are bonus deer and do not count toward the hunter's annual licensed deer bag limit. However, participating hunters must possess an appropriate base West Virginia hunting license (A, AH, AHJ, X, XJ, Lifetime) or be exempt from having to purchase a license. All deer harvested must be checked at the official game checking station located on the NRAO site.
Due to the nature of the work at the observatory, gasoline-powered vehicles are strictly controlled on the site. Hunters may park only in designated parking areas, and all vehicles will be issued a "pass" for display on the windshield. Transportation from hunter check-in to some hunt areas is provided by the NRAO. For purposes of safety and biological study of harvested deer, all hunters must pass through the check-in station each morning before the day's hunt. At the end of the day's hunt, all hunters must exit through the checkout station.
Applications may be picked up at any WVDNR district office or may be requested by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at P.O. Box 2, Green Bank, WV 24944, Attention: Hunt Coordinator. Applications also are available on the WVDNR website at www.wvdnr.gov. An application, detailed instructions and regulations will be provided to each applicant.
For information, call 304-456-2011 or 304-637-0245.