Applications available for antlerless deer hunts in 2022

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Applications available for antlerless deer hunts in 2022
Hunters walk in the highlands in search of their quarry. (Photo courtesy Fredrik Öhlander)

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is now accepting applications to hunt in limited permit areas during the 2022 antlerless deer season.

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According to Chris Ryan, game management supervisor for the division, applications for the lottery are available online at WVHunt.com and will be accepted until midnight on Aug. 12.

"These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that issuing limited numbers of antlerless deer permits will help meet management objectives," Ryan said.

Starting September 1, applicants can see whether they received a permit by logging into their accounts. Selected applicants will be notified by mail by the first week of October.

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

A limited number of Class N stamps for resident hunters and Class NN stamps for nonresident hunters will be available. Successful applicants may hunt antlerless deer on private and public land on October 20-23, November 21 to Dec. 4, Dec. 8-11, and Dec. 28-31.

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

For more information on antlerless deer season dates and bag limits, hunters should consult the 2022-23 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary available at wvdnr.gov/hunting-regulations.

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