ELKINS, W.VA. — Hunters who wish to participate in the controlled mourning dove hunt at South Branch Wildlife Management Area must submit an application by midnight on Aug. 7.
Hunters may apply at the WVDNR District 2 headquarters in Romney or request an application by calling the Wildlife Resources Section at 304-822-3551. Successful applicants will be notified by mail before Sept. 1.
On the first two days of the mourning dove season (Sept. 1-2), hunting is by permit only. Hunters who are chosen in the lottery drawing will be randomly assigned a day to hunt, given a shooting station for one day, free of charge and will be allowed to bring two guests. A map showing location of shooting stations will be included with notification of successful drawing. No permits will be necessary to hunt doves after Sept. 2.
The South Branch WMA is located at the upper end of what is known as the Trough section of the South Branch River in Hardy County. For more information about the mourning dove season, download a copy of the 2020-21 West Virginia Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations.