Division of Natural Resources conducts study on hunting

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Division of Natural Resources conducts study on hunting
West Virginia residents are eligible through December to register for the annual Hunting & Fishing License Giveaway.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is conducting a survey of state residents and their hunting participation and success rates for various species to help manage wildlife populations and hunting opportunities in the state.

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The study will include licensed hunters, license-exempt hunters, and state residents among the general population, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the division's wildlife resources section.

“With this study, WVDNR will collect data on hunting participation rates and opinions about the state’s deer population from both hunters and non-hunters,” Johansen said.

“If you are contacted about the study, please consider participating and assist WVDNR in measuring hunting participation, harvest success and opinions about the deer population.”

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The division has contracted with Responsive Management, a research firm that specializes in conducting surveys on fish and wildlife, natural resources and outdoor recreation issues.

Responsive Management will be contacting West Virginia hunters and residents by phone, text, or email. Phone calls will be from a Charleston area phone number.

The study will continue through the end of March. Analysis of responses is anticipated to be completed by fall.

Results from the study will be used to make hunting and trapping recommendations to the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission.

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