SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Green Bank Observatory (GBO) in Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced a special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the GBO site Oct. 11-12, 2019. Hunters must enter a lottery for limited permits.
Hunters must apply for the hunt on the Electronic Licensing System at www.wvhunt.com by midnight, Aug. 29. Applicants must log on, select “Enter Lottery” on the home screen, then choose the desired Green Bank Observatory hunt. Hunters without accounts can create them at wvhunt.com. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the Division of Natural Resources (DNR).
Hunters may enter by themselves or in a group of up to four hunters. Hunters must know the other hunters’ DNR ID number(s) to enter as a group.
Submitting an application enters the hunter in a drawing for one or two days on the GBO site. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and issued a special GBO letter of authorization to deer hunt. Only hunters who have made application and have received a letter for a specific day or days may hunt. “Walk-ons” will not be accepted.
The controlled hunts will take place within delineated areas ranging in size from 132 acres to 1,000 acres. Hunters may apply for Oct. 11, which is bow/crossbow only, and/or Oct. 12, which is muzzleloader only. This is a change from previous hunts held on the GBO site. Applicants cannot choose which type of weapon they wish to use during the hunt; the hunter’s choice of day will determine the type weapon.
The maximum bag limit for the hunt is two antlerless deer (one per day). However, an on-site lottery will be held each day of the hunt, which will allow five hunters to