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West Virginia Antlerless Deer Seasons

Applications for the 2012 Limited Permit Antlerless Deer Season are now available at all West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices, Elkins Operations Center and South 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 website at

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.

Two wildlife management areas (Elk River and Upper Mud River), one state forest (Calvin Price), 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 October 25-27 on private land only and November 19 through December 1, December 13-15 and December 28-31 on private and public land.

Applications for these limited antlerless deer hunting licenses must be received by the DNR before the close of business on August 24, 2012.

The 2012 limited antlerless deer season will provide an opportunity for 650 residents and non-residents to participate on the two WMAs, one state forest, 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 or portions thereof (Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster) with restricted antlerless deer hunting.

For complete information on antlerless deer hunting season dates and bag limits, consult the 2012-2013 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which is available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, DNR offices and online at