DNR seeks big bucks and trophy fish for display

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A family visits the National Hunting and Fishing Day display. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking hunters and anglers to enter showcase pieces for its big buck and trophy fish display at the National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park on Sept. 22-23.

Mounted trophy white-tailed bucks with a Pope-and-Young or Boone-and-Crockett score of 140 or greater that were legally harvested with a bow or gun may be entered in the display. The division also is seeking fish that meet its trophy citation guidelines.

“This display is a tremendous draw at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day and attracts thousands of visitors each year,” say display organizers James Walker and Tyler Evans, wildlife biologists for the division.

“This is a great opportunity to show off your big buck or trophy fish.”

The display is limited to the first 30 qualifying trophy bucks, and only 25 qualifying trophy fish, chosen by a selection committee, will be displayed. No more than five fish of any species will be accepted for the display. Each hunter and angler who displays their trophy deer or fish at the two-day event will be entered in a drawing for several valuable prizes.

For more information about entering a qualifying buck, email Tyler Evans at . For fish, email James Walker at . Hunters and anglers also may call 304-924-6211 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

In addition to the division, event sponsors include the West Virginia Wildlife Federation and Toyota.

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