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DNR accepting applications for South Branch WMA dove hunt

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Mourning dove hunters who wish to participate in a controlled hunt at the South Branch Wildlife Management Area in Hardy County must apply by midnight on July 31.

Mourning doves may be hunted at the WMA by permit only on Sept. 1-3. Hunters will be randomly selected by drawing and assigned a shooting station and day to hunt. There is no charge to enter and successful applicants may bring two guests. No permits will be necessary to hunt doves after Sept. 3.

Hunters may register through DNR’s electronic license system and apply online at After logging into their accounts, hunters should click “Enter Lottery” on the home screen and then select “Enter” to the right of “South Branch Dove Hunt.”

Hunters may also apply by calling the DNR District 2 Headquarters at 304-822-3551. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and receive a map showing shooting locations by Aug. 20.

For season dates and more information, consult the 2018–19 West Virginia Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations. Migratory bird regulations will be available at DNR offices by early August and are posted now on the WVDNR website at