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West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announces dates for regulations meetings

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold 12 public meetings across the state to review and receive comments on proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations on Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties will have an opportunity to comment on proposed 2017 hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, black bear and boar, proposed 2018 - 2019 general hunting and trapping regulations, and proposed 2018 fishing regulations.

"The public regulations meetings will use an 'open house' format," said DNR Director Steve McDaniel. "This informal meeting style allows people to attend at their convenience during the scheduled meeting times, to learn and discuss the proposed regulation changes with personnel from the Wildlife Resources and Law Enforcement Sections, and to comment on the proposed regulations and other wildlife-related issues."

Written comments from the public on these proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations also are encouraged. The proposals are posted on the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov. The deadline for submitting written comments is April 3, 2017. Anyone interested in attending the meetings should note these dates and locations:

Monday, March 13, 2017:

  • Fairmont - East Fairmont High School (Commons Area)
  • Martinsburg - James Rumsey Technical Institute (Cafeteria)
  • Flatwoods - Braxton County High School
  • Mullens – Twin Falls State Park
  • Milton - West Virginia Pumpkin Park (Office Building)
  • Harrisville – North Bend State Park

Tuesday, March 14, 2017:

  • Glen Dale - John Marshall High School (Commons)
  • Moorefield - South Branch Inn (Rt. 220)
  • Elkins - DNR Operations Center
  • Lewisburg – WVU Building at the State Fair Grounds
  • Logan - Chief Logan State Park Conference Center
  • Parkersburg - City Building (Lobby)

New purple paint posting option on private land now available in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In addition to the traditional ways of posting land, West Virginia landowners now have another option – the use of purple paint – to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering their property.

According to a new law passed this year by the West Virginia legislature [§61-3B-1 (B)], boundaries can be marked with a clearly visible purple-painted marking, consisting of one vertical line no less than 8 inches in length and 2 inches in width, and the bottom of the mark not less than 3 nor more than 6 feet from the ground or normal water surface.

The painted marks must be affixed to immovable, permanent objects that are no more than 100 feet apart and readily visible to any person approaching the property.

Even if landowners post their land with purple paint, they must post written signs at all roads, driveways or gates of entry onto the posted land which are clearly noticeable from outside the boundary line.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds hunters that they must carry written permission from landowners before entering private property.

West Virginia hunters harvest 112,384 deer in 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary counts indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 112,384 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section. This year’s total harvest was 19 percent below the 2015 deer harvest of 138,493 and 15 percent below the five-year average of 132,466.

A breakdown of the combined 2016 deer seasons reveals 46,071 bucks harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 32,508 antlerless deer taken during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 28,808 deer harvested by bows and crossbows, and 4,997 deer taken by muzzleloader hunters.

Antlerless Deer Season

The 2016 antlerless deer season harvest, which includes the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 18 percent less than in 2015 and 26.5 percent below the five-year average of 44,239.  “It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population,” said Johansen.  Hunters are reminded that on March 13 and 14, 2017, the DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state to gather comments on proposed fall 2017 antlerless deer hunting seasons in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.  The 2016 top 10 counties are: Preston (1,535), Upshur (1,485), Lewis (1,292), Mason (1,269), Jackson (1,224), Ritchie (1,215), Wood (1,126), Roane (1,034), Harrison (972), and Braxton (854).

Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2016 muzzleloader harvest of 4,997 was 3 percent below the 2015 harvest of 5,178, and 21 percent below the five-year average of 6,344. The top 10 counties are Randolph (243), Nicholas (232), Preston (217), Upshur (185), Lewis (168), Jackson (158), Braxton (157), Mason (153), Wood (141), and Webster (139).

Archery and Crossbow Deer Season

The bow and crossbow hunter’s take of 28,808 deer was 11 percent less than the 2015 archery season harvest of 32,540, and four percent above the five-year average archery season harvest of 27,596.  Archery harvests are inversely correlated to hard mast crops. The below-average acorn crop in 2015, followed by a better acorn crop in 2016, likely contributed to the lower 2016 harvest; however, the proportion of the harvest taken using a crossbow increased in 2016 over that recorded in 2015.  The 2016 top 10 counties are: Preston (1,365), Randolph (975), Wood (945), Kanawha (921), Upshur (867), Wyoming (867), Mason (791), Jackson (785), Nicholas (765), and Raleigh (738).

2016 WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST

County

Buck Firearms

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery/Crossbow

Total

Barbour

1,098

773

133

568

2,572

Brooke

268

367

38

287

960

Hancock

209

164

34

357

764

Harrison

1,138

972

113

632

2,855

Marion

765

787

113

521

2,186

Marshall

727

493

73

357

1,650

Monongalia

827

644

91

707

2,269

Ohio

270

222

46

294

832

Preston

1,774

1,535

217

1,365

4,891

Taylor

581

490

70

303

1,444

Tucker

730

191

73

409

1,403

Wetzel

899

819

90

335

2,143

Dist. 1 Subtotal

9,286

7,457

1,091

6,135

23,969

Berkeley

737

627

67

582

2,013

Grant

954

439

81

351

1,825

Hampshire

1,197

836

88

421

2,542

Hardy

1,076

610

63

317

2,066

Jefferson

422

413

54

417

1,306

Mineral

922

684

80

404

2,090

Morgan

437

406

44

241

1,128

Pendleton

1,088

448

70

345

1,951

Dist. 2 Subtotal

6,833

4,463

547

3,078

14,921

Braxton

1,102

854

157

571

2,684

Clay

390

164

43

241

838

Lewis

1,246

1,292

168

629

3,335

Nicholas

1,044

470

232

765

2,511

Pocahontas

921

202

56

278

1,457

Randolph

1,617

803

243

975

3,638

Upshur

1,399

1,485

185

867

3,936

Webster

941

303

139

548

1,931

Dist. 3 Subtotal

8,660

5,573

1,223

4,874

20,330

Fayette

889

266

124

718

1,997

Greenbrier

1,447

699

135

565

2,846

McDowell

456

456

Mercer

636

383

86

684

1,789

Monroe

1,099

752

70

550

2,471

Raleigh

648

206

70

738

1,662

Summers

657

562

62

403

1,684

Wyoming

 

 

 

867

867

Dist. 4 Subtotal

5,376

2,868

547

4,981

13,772

Boone

573

147

72

364

1,156

Cabell

677

404

60

434

1,575

Kanawha

1,058

385

78

921

2,442

Lincoln

846

522

106

466

1,940

Logan

574

574

Mason

1,267

1,269

153

791

3,480

Mingo

386

386

Putnam

992

803

119

661

2,575

Wayne

815

252

62

419

1,548

Dist. 5 Subtotal

6,228

3,782

650

5,016

15,676

Calhoun

705

599

69

326

1,699

Doddridge

946

706

70

308

2,030

Gilmer

791

634

93

311

1,829

Jackson

1,487

1,224

158

785

3,654

Pleasants

334

251

27

154

766

Ritchie

1,422

1,215

102

630

3,369

Roane

1,178

1,034

105

544

2,861

Tyler

855

766

82

330

2,033

Wirt

777

810

92

391

2,070

Wood

1,193

1,126

141

945

3,405

Dist. 6 Subtotal

9,688

8,365

939

4,724

23,716

State Total

46,071

32,508

4,997

28,808

112,384

West Virginia hunters harvest 3,012 black bears in 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia hunters harvested 3,012 black bears during the combined 2016 archery, crossbow and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The preliminary black bear harvest data for the combined 2016 seasons were 6 percent lower than the record set in 2015. The harvest is the second highest bear kill recorded and is the second time the harvest has topped 3,000.

“The mast index for all oak species in 2016 increased significantly over 2015 and was above the long-term average,” said Carpenter. “Historically, an abundance of oak mast makes bears harder to target for archery hunters. Conversely, increased oak mast typically means a higher December firearms harvest because many bears delay entering their dens due to the abundance of food.”

Carpenter added, “In the 2016 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook, we predicted a decreased archery harvest and a similar-to-slightly greater December firearms harvest over the levels observed in 2015. Our prediction held true for the archery season, but did not hold up in the December season.”

“Overall, the 2016 harvest declined during the archery, buck-gun and December seasons over the levels recorded in 2015. However, those decreases were partially offset by very successful early gun seasons in September and October.

Hunters killed 1,012 bears during the first segment of the 2016 archery season (Sept. 24 – Nov. 19).  They took 584 bears with vertical bows and 428 with crossbows. The top five counties were Randolph (82), Fayette (74), Nicholas (60), Greenbrier (55) and Preston (52).

Firearms hunters harvested 2,000 bears during 2016. Hunters took 883 bears in September and October, 349 during the concurrent buck-gun bear season, and 768 during the traditional December season. The top five counties were Pendleton (177), Randolph (167), Pocahontas (161), Nicholas (153) and Hardy (133).

**DNR**

2016 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

County

Bow/Crossbow

Sept/Oct Gun

Buck Gun

December

Total

Barbour

45

20

1

0

66

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

16

0

2

0

18

Marion

3

0

0

0

3

Marshall

2

0

0

0

2

Monongalia

7

0

2

0

9

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

52

41

22

22

137

Taylor

17

0

1

0

18

Tucker

35

37

6

50

128

Wetzel

1

0

0

1

2

Dist. 1 Subtotal

178

98

34

73

383

Berkeley

3

0

3

0

6

Grant

25

31

6

39

101

Hampshire

17

0

29

4

50

Hardy

26

61

14

58

159

Jefferson

3

0

2

0

5

Mineral

11

0

0

9

20

Morgan

8

0

11

0

19

Pendleton

37

100

10

67

214

Dist. 2 Subtotal

130

192

75

177

574

Braxton

36

11

4

11

62

Clay

9

13

7

16

45

Lewis

13

0

5

0

18

Nicholas

60

56

31

66

213

Pocahontas

23

62

11

88

184

Randolph

82

99

4

64

249

Upshur

14

10

2

6

32

Webster

38

50

9

52

149

Dist. 3 Subtotal

275

301

73

303

952

Fayette

74

21

39

13

147

Greenbrier

55

45

12

73

185

McDowell

49

38

5

16

108

Mercer

33

0

4

2

39

Monroe

24

27

17

29

97

Raleigh

36

25

9

7

77

Summers

26

0

8

0

34

Wyoming

24

30

1

2

57

Dist. 4 Subtotal

321

186

95

142

744

Boone

23

28

30

32

113

Cabell

0

0

0

0

0

Kanawha

26

38

33

28

125

Lincoln

1

0

0

0

1

Logan

22

26

1

2

51

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

13

14

0

7

34

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

1

0

0

0

1

Dist. 5 Subtotal

86

106

64

69

325

Calhoun

1

0

3

0

4

Doddridge

3

0

0

0

3

Gilmer

7

0

4

3

14

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

0

0

0

0

0

Ritchie

4

0

0

0

4

Roane

1

0

0

0

1

Tyler

2

0

0

0

2

Wirt

4

0

1

1

6

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. 6 Subtotal

22

0

8

4

34

State Total

1012

883

349

768

3012

Sportsmen oppose HB 4286

ATTENTION SPORTSMEN! THIS IS A WEST VIRGINIA WILDLIFE FEDERATION ACTION ALERT MESSAGE.

HOUSE BILL 4286 INTENDS TO TRANSFER REGULATION OF DEER FARMS FROM THE DNR TO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND HAS BEEN REFERED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE DNR TO MAINTAIN REGULATION OF ALL WHITETAIL DEER. WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST UNDERSTAND DEER DISEASES AND HAS A VESTED INTEREST IN PROTECTING THE WILD DEER, NOT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

EVERY SPORTSMAN NEEDS TO CALL THESE COMMITTEE MEMBERS STARTING MONDAY AFTERNOON AND KEEP CALLING. LEAVE YOUR NAME AND MESSAGE YOU WANT DNR TO REMAIN IN CONTROL OF DEER FARMS. E-MAIL ADDRESSES ARE LISTED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE IF YOU PREFER TO SEND THE MESSAGE. EITHER WAY, PLEASE CONTACT THE LEGISLATORS!!!

ASK YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO CALL ALSO.

DO NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY AND THINK “SOMEONE ELSE WILL CALL”…ABSOLUTELY EVERY CALL IS IMPORTANT!!!

CALL AND E-MAIL TO AS MANY AS YOU CAN SO THEY CAN HEAR FROM THOSE WHO ELECTED THEM.

Brent Boggs Braxton (304) 340-3230 brent.boggs@wvhouse.gov
Kevin J. Craig Cabell (304) 340-3116 kjcraigwv@aol.com
Doug Reynolds Cabell (304) 340-3280 delegatedoug@yahoo.com
Richard J. Iaquinta Harrison (304) 340-3161 richard.iaquinta@wvhouse.gov
Eric Nelson Kanawha (304) 340-3181 nelson@wvhouse.gov
Doug Skaff Jr. Kanawha (304) 340-3362 doug.skaff@wvhouse.gov
Ron Walters Kanawha (304) 340-3194 ron.walters@wvhouse.gov
David Evans Marshall (304) 340-3151 david.evans@wvhouse.gov
Marty Gearheart Mercer (304) 340-3179 marty.gearheart@wvhouse.gov
Charlene Marshall Monongalia (304) 340-3900 charlene.marshall@wvhouse.gov
Daryl Cowles Morgan (304) 340-3177 daryl.cowles@wvhouse.gov
Erikka Storch Ohio (304) 340-3378 erikka.storch@wvhouse.gov
Troy Andes Putnam (304) 340-3121 troy.andes@wvhouse.gov
Rick Moye Raleigh (304) 340-3162 rickymoye@wvhouse.gov
Bob Ashley Roane (304) 340-3185 bob.ashley@wvhouse.gov
Don Perdue Wayne (304) 340-3269 don.perdue@wvhouse.gov
David Pethtel Wetzel (304) 340-3158 dave.pethtel@wvhouse.gov
Daniel Poling Wood (304) 340-3137 dan.poling@wvhouse.gov
Linda Goode Phillips Wyoming (304) 340-3163 linda.phillips@wvhouse.gov
William Anderson Wood (304) 340-3168 bill.anderson@wvhouse.gov
Ray Canterbury Greenbrier (304) 340-3131 ray.canterbury@wvhouse.gov
Nancy Peoples Guthrie Kanawha (304) 340-3156 nancy.guthrie@wvhouse.gov
Carol Miller Cabell (304) 340-3176 carol.miller@wvhouse.gov
Rupert Phillips Jr. Logan (304) 340-3174 rupert.phillips@wvhouse.gov
Larry A. Williams Preston (304) 340-3160 lawii@frontier.com

THESE REPRESENTATIVES MUST HEAR FROM THE SPORTSMEN ON THIS ISSUE!!

PLEASE MAKE THOSE CALLS AND SEND THOSE E-MAILS!!!

Another reason to oppose SB 4286