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DNR ready to hear from hunters and anglers in W.Va.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will have personnel on the road Monday and Tuesday to have informal discussions with the Mountain State’s sportsmen and women. March 11 and 12 are the Sportsman’s Sectional Meeting in the state.

The gatherings are required by statute, for hunters and anglers across the state to give feedback to the DNR staff about proposed changes for this year’s hunting season dates, bag limits, and proposed changes to game, fish, and trapping regulations. Those suggested changes were recently presented to the Natural Resources Commission. Commissioners are charged to consider the desires of sportsmen and women as they weight whether to approve the recommendations of the DNR’s wildlife section.

Along with discussions about those proposed changes, hunters and fishermen are encouraged to raise any questions or concerns with biologists, wildlife managers, or law enforcement personnel from the agency about game and fish management in the state.

“This informal meeting style allows people to attend at their convenience during the scheduled meeting times, learn about proposed regulation changes, discuss these proposals with personnel from the Wildlife Resources and Law Enforcement sections and comment on the proposed regulations and other wildlife-related issues,” said DNR Director Brett McMillion in a press release.

Locations for the meetings:

Monday, March 11 – 6-8 p.m.

Grafton – Tygart Lake State Park Lodge
Martinsburg – Martinsburg Holiday Inn (I-81, Exit 13)
Elkins – WVDNR Operations Center (Ward Road)
Beckley – Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center
Milton – West Virginia Pumpkin Park (Office Building)
Spencer – Spencer Heritage Park Community Building

Tuesday, March 12 – 6-8 p.m.

Triadelphia – Cabela’s Wheeling (2nd Floor Conference Room)
Moorefield – South Branch Inn (Route 220 and Corridor H)
Sutton – Braxton County High School
Pipestem – Pipestem Resort State Park Lodge
Logan – Chief Logan State Park Conference Center
Parkersburg – WVDNR District 6 Office (Emerson Ave. and Conservation Way)

Those who are unable to attend an in-person meeting but wish to send a written comment on proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations, may do so by filling out and submitting a questionnaire, available to download at Written comments must be received by the DNR by April 2.

As an incentive to encourage youngsters to attend, Governor Jim Justice has announced youth hunters ages 10–15 who attend one of the meetings will get a chance to enter their names into a drawing for an open spot on a trip to Little Coal Wildlife Management Area and participate in a sponsored youth turkey hunt, fishing and camping adventure.

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