W.Va. Division of Natural Resources offers holiday gift ideas

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W.Va. Division of Natural Resources offers holiday gift ideas
A Hawks Nest State Park ornament hangs on a Christmas tree. (Photo: W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is offering gift ideas for outdoor enthusiasts, including wildlife calendars, state park gift cards, and lifetime and 2020 hunting and fishing licenses.

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"If you know someone that loves the wonderful things West Virginia has to offer, we have gifts they will enjoy," says Stephen McDaniel, division director.

"Hunters, anglers, hikers, and those that just love the beauty of West Virginia will love receiving a unique gift from Almost Heaven."

West Virginians who purchase a 2020 Class X or XJ Sportsman hunting, fishing, or trapping license before January 1 will automatically be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes, as announced by Governor Jim Justice last week.

Prizes for the drawing will include overnight stays at state parks, gift bags filled with hunting and fishing gear, and a Lifetime Sportsman Hunting, Trapping and Fishing License (Class AB-L).

Winners will be announced in mid-January. To view prize descriptions, learn how to purchase a license as a gift, or see complete contest rules, visit .

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The state wildlife calendar features a full-color painting of a state animal or fish species each month and includes a brief description of each subject and interesting daily facts about best fishing days and tips for enjoying the outdoors.

Sales of the calendar have generated funding for DNR Wildlife Resources Section programs for 31 years. Calendars may be purchased online at , by mail, at all division offices, or retail outlets across the state.

West Virginia State Park gift cards may also be purchased online at by clicking on the 'Gift Cards & Merchandise' option at the top of the page. Cards come in increments of $25, $50, $100, $200, $300, $400, and $500.

Gift cards are honored at all 45 state parks and forests and can be used toward gift shop purchases, overnight lodging packages, on-site dining, golf green fees, and lodge room, cabin and cottage stays. Gift cards can also be purchased at any state park gift shop.

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