Lottery drawings will be held for two of the Mountain State’s most famous locales with one common denominator.
They’re overrun with deer. Hunters are thus needed to alleviate that situation.
Both Stonewall Jackson State Park in Lewis County and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Pocahontas County will afford some opportunities for a limited number of applicants lucky enough to draw a tag.
Starting out with the NRAO per its earlier deadline and hunting days, applications must be received there on or before August 3 for the five days of hunting to be held on October 3, 9, 10, 15 and 16. Successful applicants will be assigned two days of hunting and allowed a limit of one deer per day, two in total.
The NRAO hunts are limited to archery, muzzleloading and shotguns only.
Both NRAO and Stonewall require check-in, check-out procedures and designated hunt areas. Likewise, deer bagged do not count toward the regular annual limits.
Neither hunt will allow walk-ons or standbys the days of the hunts.
Although both hunts are billed as antlerless deer only, a few individuals will be drawn each day for either sex options.
Applications for both special hunts may be picked up at any WVDNR Office. Per their limited nature, these hunts are only available to in-state residents.
For an NRAO application, send a self addressed, stamped envelope to: P.O. Box 2, Green Bank, WV, 24944, Attention: Hunt Coordinator. An application and detailed instructions and regulations will be provided to you.
These materials are also available by e-mail by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org; the same application, instructions and regulations will be sent in .pdf format.
For further information, call 304-456-2011 or 304-924-6211.
For the Stonewall hunts, the firearm options are expanded but just as for NRAO, the applicant must specify the hunting implement.
The Stonewall applications must be received by DNR post-marked no later than August 28 for the three one-day hunts to be held November 16, 17 and 18. Those dates fall within the week just prior to gun buck season.
Some 50 hunters will be drawn for each day with a limit of one deer.
Both the application and instructions for the Stonewall controlled hunt are posted on the DNR Web page at www.wvdnr.gov under Hunting, Stonewall Controlled Hunt.
Completed applications must be mailed to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV. Successful applicants will be notified after October 1, 2009.
For additional information, contact Stonewall Resort State Park at (304) 269-0524, or the DNR District 3 Office at (304) 924-6211.
The “early birds” that get their applications in will get the venison! That’s especially true when it comes to the sky high hunter success rates that Stonewall and NRAO have to offer.