SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is now accepting applications to participate in controlled deer hunts at six state parks.
Controlled hunts are scheduled for the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley Resort, North Bend, Pipestem Resort and Twin Falls Resort state parks. Hunters have until Aug. 30 to apply. Drawings for the hunts will start on Aug. 31 and successful applicants will be notified in early-September.
“Previous controlled hunts are one of the ways we manage deer populations at our parks,” said West Virginia State Parks Chief Brad Reed. “Past hunts have proven that this is an effective and efficient way to maintain a biologically and socially balanced deer herd in areas experiencing overpopulation.”
Applications for the hunt must be submitted online at www.wvhunt.com. Hunters must use their existing Electronic Licensing and Game Checking System account or create one in order to apply. Once logged in, applicants must select “State Park Lottery Hunts” and choose one of the hunting options. There is a $15 application fee. Each application can be for one or two people.
Each application is for a three-day harvest opportunity using a compound bow or crossbow or muzzleloader rifle, depending on the selected date, hunt type and designated area. Rather than specified hunting stands for each hunter, as used in past controlled hunts, all hunters will be given a map and will be able to hunt within the designated hunting zones. Deer harvested during a controlled hunt do not count against a hunter’s annual deer season bag limit.
If chosen, each hunter will be required to confirm their intent to participate in the hunt. They must also possess a valid West Virginia Hunting License (or be legally exempt from purchasing a license) within one week