SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Applications are being accepted through Aug. 25, 2019, for controlled deer hunts at six West Virginia state parks. The six areas are Beech Fork (Cabell County), Cacapon Resort (Morgan County), Canaan Valley Resort (Tucker County), North Bend (Ritchie County), Pipestem Resort (Summers County) and Twin Falls Resort (Wyoming County) state parks. The drawings will be held Aug. 26 with notification of successful applicants occurring between Sept. 3 and 13, 2019.

“Controlled hunts have been successful in deer management in West Virginia state parks during the past few years,” said State Parks Chief Sam England. “It is an effective and efficient means of maintaining a biologically and socially-balanced deer herd at areas with overpopulation.”

Changes have been made for the 2019 controlled hunts. Each application remains as a three-day harvest opportunity using archery/crossbow, archery or muzzleloader, depending upon the dates, hunt types and designated areas. However, rather than specified hunting stands for each hunter as in past controlled hunts, all hunters will be provided a map and will be able to roam and hunt as they like within the designated hunting zones.

Controlled Hunt Application Process

Hunters must apply online at using their existing DNR ID account. First-time users must enroll using the Electronic Licensing and Game Checking system (ELS). Once logged in, applicants must select “State Park Lottery Hunts” and then choose one of the hunting options for each $15 application fee. Each application can be for one or two people.

Hunters will be selected at random; successful applicants will be notified between Sept. 3 through Sept. 13, 2019.

Each hunter will be required to confirm participation and possess a valid West Virginia Hunting License (or be legally exempt from purchasing a license) within

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