It looks like the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is going to increase the number of locations where limited antlerless deer gun hunting is going to be this year.
This fall, limited antlerless deer firearm hunting will be on eight wildlife management areas, three state forests, three complete counties and five portions of counties.
As I stated last week, all of these limited hunts will be open to residents, non-residents, and lifetime license holders who apply for and receive a permit to hunt in a certain location.
In Randolph County, the DNR will give out 100 permits for the Beaver Dam WMA of Monongahela National Forest and 50 permits for Kumbrabow State Forest. They will also give out 100 permits for the Potomac WMA, which is located in Grant, Pendleton, Randolph and Tucker counties.
A hundred permits will be given out for the Blackwater WMA of the National Forest, located in Tucker and Preston counties, 50 permits for Calvin Price State Forest in Pocahontas County, 250 permits for the Elk River WMA in Braxton County, 50 for the Greenbrier State Forest in Greenbrier County, 25 for the Little Canaan WMA in Tucker County, and 100 permits for the Little River WMA of the National Forest in Pocahontas County. The DNR will give out 500 permits for all of Boone County, 400 for all of Mercer County and 300 for all of Pocahontas County. Only portions of Clay, Fayette, Nicholas and Raleigh counties will be open for the limited antlerless deer gun hunting.
This year in Pendleton County, the area west of the Straight Fork to the junction with the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River will have limited antlerless deer hunting. In this portion of Pendleton County, the DNR will give out 150 hunting permits that must be applied for. All of the area east of this line in Pendleton County will be open to unlimited antlerless gun hunting with a season bag limit of three antlerless deer. Anyone who chooses to antlerless deer gun hunt in Pendleton County needs to study the 2014-2015 hunting regulations for this county.
All applications for the limited antlerless deer gun hunting areas must be signed, dated, completely and legibly filled out. The applications must be received by the DNR Application Section by Aug. 15. An individual's name can only appear on one application. Any violation of these simple rules will disqualify the applicant.
All antlerless deer taken with a firearm must be taken on a Class N or NN stamp, with the exception of landowners, their resident children and resident tenants of such land.
The latest Hunting and Trapping Regulations are available at the Elkins Operations Center. They can also be picked up at the old Western Maryland Railroad Depot Visitors Center. There are some changes that involve black bear, antlerless deer, and wild turkey. I recommend that all hunters start studying these new regulations so they will be fully comprehended.
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The youth squirrel season will be Saturday, Sept. 6. The regular squirrel season will start Sept. 13. This is just two months away.
If parents, grandparents, etc., plan on keeping up with the youth, they had better think about getting themselves in shape for this endeavor now. All adults who plan on being outdoors with their children and grandchildren should start trying to cut back on the carbohydrate intake and be exercising for the next few weeks.
The deer archery season will come in on Sept. 27. This is the time for bow hunters to be practicing and getting all of their archery equipment ready for action.