Applications for the 2012 Antlerless Deer Season are now available at all West Virginia Division of Natural Resources district offices, Elkins Operations Center and Charleston headquarters, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the DNR's Wildlife Resources Section.
These applications may also be downloaded from the DNR's webpage at www.wvdnr.gov under the "Hunting/Main Page" heading.
"These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that limited numbers of antlerless deer permits are necessary to meet management objectives," Taylor said.
Three Wildlife Management Areas (Calvin Price State Forest, Elk River and Upper Mud River), National Forest Land in Tucker County and five counties or portions thereof (Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster) will have a limited number of Class N licenses for resident and Class NN licenses for non-resident antlerless deer hunting from Oct. 25-27 on private land only and Nov. 19 through Dec., Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 28 through Dec. 31 on private and public land.
Applications must be received by the DNR before the close of business on Aug. 24. The 2012 limited antlerless deer season will provide an opportunity for 650 residents and non-residents to participate on the three WMAs and national forest land in Tucker County.
An additional 1,500 residents and non-residents will be selected to hunt antlerless deer in the five counties (Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster) that are restricted to antlerless deer hunting.
For complete information on antlerless deer season dates and bag limits, consult the 2012-13 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which is available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, DNR offices and online at www.wvdnr.gov.