Applications available for antlerless deer limited-permit areas

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Applications for antlerless deer limited-permit areas are now being accepted. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.

Applications for the 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now and will be accepted until midnight Aug. 14, according to Chris Ryan, supervisor of game management services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

“These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that the deer population exceeds management objectives,” Ryan said.

“Issuing limited numbers of antlerless deer permits will help meet our management goals.”

Hunters who apply for a limited antlerless firearms permit must use the Electronic Licensing System at . Applicants must log on, select “Enter Lottery” on the home screen, select “2019 Antlerless Hunt,” then choose the county or wildlife management area (WMA) for which they want to apply.

Hunters also may select a secondary county or WMA. Hunters without accounts can create one at .

Successful applicants will be notified by mail by the first week of October. Starting Sept. 1, all applicants can see whether they received a permit by logging into their account.

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The following wildlife management areas and counties are open for this drawing:

A limited number of Class-N licenses for resident and Class-NN licenses for nonresident hunters will be available. Successful applicants may hunt antlerless deer Oct. 24–27 on private land only, and Nov. 25–Dec. 7, Dec. 12–15, and Dec. 28–31 on private and public land.

Hunters who want to enter as a group must know the other hunters’ DNR ID numbers to enter the lottery. Hunters also may call their local DNR district office for help with the application process.

For complete information on antlerless deer season dates and bag limits, consult the 2019–2020 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary. It will be available online at and at West Virginia license agents and DNR offices in July.

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