South Charleston, W.Va. – Hunters who successfully applied for a limited number of permits to hunt antlerless deer in specific parts of the state will be receiving those permits in the mail soon. These permits are awarded for areas where wildlife biologists have determined that limited hunting is necessary to meet deer population management objectives, according to Paul Johansen, Assistant Chief in Charge of the Division of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Game Management Section.

A total of 1,558 valid applications was received for five wildlife management areas (Bluestone, Elk River, Stonecoal, Stonewall Jackson Lake and Teter Creek Lake) and public lands in two counties (Grant and Tucker).  Antlerless deer hunting on these areas is restricted to resident hunters who are randomly drawn to receive a permit.

Results of the drawing are as follows:

WMA/County

Permits Available

Applications Picked

Bluestone WMA

200

200

Elk River WMA

100

100

Stonecoal WMA

100

55

Stonewall Jackson WMA

600

600

Teter Creek Lake WMA

10

9

Grant County(Public land only)

100

61

Tucker County(Public Land Only)

150

150

Not Picked

383

Total

1,558

The 2011 limited resident antlerless deer season will provide an opportunity for 1,175 residents to participate on the five WMAs and on public land in the two counties (Grant and Tucker) that are restricted to resident hunters.

For complete information on antlerless deer season dates and bag limits, consult the 2011-2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which is available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, DNR offices and online at www.wvdnr.gov.

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