DNR launches Big Buck Photo Contest for WV hunters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the first time, the state Division of National Resources is holding a Big Buck Photo Contest during the deer gun season.

Hunters are asked to upload a photo of them and the buck they harvested during the 2021 hunting season and write a short account of their hunt.

Governor Jim Justice applauded the program and said hunting in West Virginia is special to him. He hopes to see a good turn out.

“It’ll touch your soul. It’s an experience you will remember forever,” Justice said. “You’ll remember even how things smell in the woods with the crisp air and the cold wind blowing on your face. It’s just a spectacular part of growing up in West Virginia. I hope you all take advantage.”

Those who enter the contest must have a valid 2021 West Virginia Hunting License to participate and will need to enter the 13-digit DNR-issued game check number for their buck.

Five lucky winners will be be drawn. There are a number of prizes including a free lifetime West Virginia hunting license, a two-night stay in a Cabwaylingo State Forest cabin, a two-night stay in a Seneca State Forest cabin, a $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card and a $500 Cabela’s gift card.

The contest is open through Dec. 27.

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