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2011-2012 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations

2011-2012 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations

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2011-2012 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Several important changes in the state’s fall hunting seasons for squirrel, white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey, as well as the new senior hunting, trapping and fishing license and a new otter trapping season, are included in the 2011-2012 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary
2011-2012 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Several important changes in the state’s fall hunting seasons for squirrel, white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey, as well as the new senior hunting, trapping and fishing license and a new otter trapping season, are included in the 2011-2012 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary

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HUNTINGand TRAPPING
 July 2011 – June 2012 Regulations Summary
 
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Senior License Returns Tax Dollars to WV 
In 1937, Congress passed the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act which createda tax on hunting equipment. The taxes collected from around the country are given tothe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The funds are then distributed to each of the statesbased on a formula that involves a state’s land area and the number of hunting licenseholders in the state. West Virginia currently receives $3.5 million to $4 million each year of these “federal aid” funds. At issue is the fact that when our residents turn 65, they no longer need a basehunting license and are no longer counted as a license buyer. This reduces the amountof federal aid tax dollars returned to West Virginia. Those dollars have instead gone toother states which have more license holders, including those which for years have askedtheir senior citizens to buy a license.To address that issue, the 2011 West Virginia Legislature passed a bill that will givethe DNR additional dollars each year which can only be spent on wildlife management efforts and law enforcement activities related tohunting, trapping and fishing.Residents who turn 65 after January 1, 2012 and who hunt, trap or fish after that date will have to buy a $25 Lifetime Senior Hunting,Trapping and Fishing License. Nonresident seniors have always had to buy a base hunting license so they are not affected by this bill. Iencourage even those who have been “grandfathered” in and are thus exempt from having to buy the license, to make this one-time purchaseto benefit themselves and future generations. Thanks for helping keep your hard-earned money in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.Frank Jezioro, Director,
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
DISTRICT OFFICES
Main Oice - South Charleston, WV 25303
324 4
th
Avenue
Wildlie Management
− Paul Johansen
(304) 558-2771Law Enorcement
− Lt. Col. Jerry Jenkins
(304) 558-2784
District 1 - Farmington, WV 26571
1110 Railroad Street
(304) 825-6787Wildlie Management
− Steve Rauch
Law Enorcement
− Capt. W. A. Persinger
District 2 - Romney, WV 26757
1 Depot Street
(304) 822-3551Wildlie Management
− Rich Rogers
Law Enorcement
− Lt. Thomas R. Stuckey
District 3
WV State Wildlie Center
P.O. Box 38 • French Creek, WV 26218
Wildlie Management
− Rob Silvester
(304) 924-6211Law Enorcement
− Capt. Micheal A. Waugh
(304) 637-0245
P.O. Box 67 • Elkins, WV 26241
District 4 - Beckley, WV 25801
2006 Robert C. Byrd Drive
(304) 256-6947Wildlie Management
− Todd Dowdy
Law Enorcement
− Capt. L. O. Case III
District 5
McClintic WMA
1163 Wildlife Road • Pt. Pleasant, WV 25550
Wildlie Management
− Randy Kelley
(304) 675-0871Law Enorcement
− Capt. Kaven W. Ransom
(304) 759-0703
4300 1st Ave. • Nitro, WV 25143
District 6 - Parkersburg, WV 26101
2311 Ohio Avenue
(304) 420-4550Wildlie Management
− Jef McCrady
Law Enorcement
− Capt. Chip Shaver
Operations Center - Elkins, WV 26241
Ward Road, P.O. Box 67
Wildlie Management
− Gary Foster
(304) 637-0245
Cover photo: Ricky Simmons
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Hunting and Trapping Seasons, Dates and Limits...................2General Hunting and Trapping Regulations ............................3
Reporting Hunting Violations ..........................................................................................................
7
Deer Hunting Regulations.........................................................9
White-tailed Deer Hunting Seasons Tables ..............................................................................12Antlerless Season ................................................................................................................................18Archery Seasons ..................................................................................................................................21Buck Season ..........................................................................................................................................24Muzzleloader Seasons ......................................................................................................................
26
Special Split Youth and Class Q/QQ Season .............................................................................29
Chronic Wasting Disease – Questions and Answers ..............31Turkey Hunting Regulations ...................................................32
2011 Fall and 2012 Spring Seasons
...............................................................................................33
Public Lands - Wildlie Management Areas (WMAs),State Forests and National Forests .........................................34Bear Hunting Regulations .......................................................36
Archery Season ....................................................................................................................................38
Firearms Season
..................................................................................................................................39
Boar Hunting Regulations .......................................................40License Inormation and Fees .................................................41
SuMMaRy OF CHangES 2011-2012
1.
 The statewide archery deer season will open this year on October 1, 2011.
2.
All private land in counties having a firearms antlerless deer season (Class N or NN) will be open November 21 – December10 and December 28-31. All public lands having an antlerless deer season will be open November 23 – December 10 andDecember 28-31. Bag limits vary among counties but will be either one, two or four antlerless deer. See pages 12-16 and 18.
3.
Fall wild turkey hunting season has been reduced in 2011 with 12 counties open October 22-29; seven counties openOctober 22 - November 5; and 14 counties open October 22 - November 19. See page 33.
4.
Black bear hunting seasons in 2011 include nine counties open September 26-28; 11 counties open September 26 –October 1; seven counties open November 21 – December 3 during the Buck Season, and all 55 counties open December5-31. The daily bag limit is one bear per day with a season bag limit of two bears, provided at least one bear comes fromBoone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Raleigh or Wyoming counties. See pages 38-39.
5.
 There will be a special controlled black bear hunting season with dogs December 5-31, 2011, on Nathaniel Mountain and
Short Mountain Wildlie Management Areas. Prior application is required. See page 39.
6.
 The West Virginia Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment Area has been expanded to now include all of HampshireCounty, that portion of Hardy County which lies north of Corridor H and W.V. Rt. 55 from Wardensville to the VirginiaStateline, and that portion of Morgan County which lies west of US Rt. 522. See pages 11 and 31.
7.
It is illegal to bait or eed any wildlie on public land between September 1 and December 31 and during the spring gobblerseasons.
8.
 The statewide squirrel hunting season will open this year on September 10, 2011.
9.
Green colored, as well as amber and red-colored, artificial lights are legal for hunting coyote at night from January 1 thru
July 31.
10.
An otter trapping season will open this year on November 5, 2011 and run through February 29, 2012 with an annual baglimit of one otter, which must be checked at an official game checking station. See page 4.
11.
 The Lifetime Senior Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class XS) is required for resident hunters, trappers, and anglers whoreach 65 years of age on or after January 1, 2012. See page 42.
Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
State o West Virginia
Frank Jezioro, Director
Division of Natural Resources
Curtis I. Taylor, Chie 
Wildlie Resources Section
Col. Dave Murphy, Chie 
Law Enforcement Section
Commissioners
Jerey S. Bowers
− Sugar Grove
Byron Chambers
− Romney 
Peter L. Cuaro
− Wheeling
 Thomas Dotson
− White Sulphur Springs
David M. Milne
− Bruceton Mills
David F. Truban
− Morgantown
Kenny Wilson
− Chapmanville

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When do you post the 2012 schedule for hunting....interested in when the squirrel and deer season begins
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