West Virginia DNR is taking applications for controlled hunts at state parks.
If you have ever wanted the opportunity to hunt some normally off-limit areas of West Virginia, now is your chance.
Recent studies in whitetail deer populations for both areas have shown they are exceptionally high. This has prompted the need for the controlled hunts to take place.
In a recent news release, Director of the DNR Bob Fala said, “When you have too many deer in one area, there is not enough available vegetation for them to browse, which affects the health of the entire deer population in that area. The results of previous controlled hunts have proven to be a responsible resource management tool.”
They have been using similar controlled hunts in other state parks since 2001 in an attempt to curb whitetail populations at the parks. Results have shown it to be very effective for the health of the forests and animals, and something they plan to continue to do.
“Overpopulation of the whitetail deer herd is an ongoing challenge facing the state park system,” said State Parks Chief Sam England. “This method of population control has been used in some West Virginia state parks since 2011. The positive effects of these hunts on the surrounding vegetation and the herds’ health have become apparent.”
The dates for the hunts are November 16, 17, and 18 for Pipestern State park; December 7, 8, and 9 for Cacapon State Park.
If you would like to put you name in the lottery to try for a shot to hunt these places go to www.wvhunt.com. If you do not have an account you must create one before selecting “Enter Lottery”.
Hunters may enter both lotteries, but both are only limited to one entry per person. Applications must be in before midnight on August 15, 2015 to be eligible. Applicants can check to see if they were chosen by logging into the system again after August 17.
For more information on the the rules and regulations for the hunt, as well as more application information click here.