From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia Hunters Harvest 2,385 Black Bears in 2014
South Charleston, West Virginia – West Virginia hunters harvested 2,385 black bears during the combined 2014 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2014 seasons were 11 percent lower than the 2013 harvest of 2,692 bears. The black bear harvest of 2014 marks the fifth time in five years that the harvest has topped 2,000 and is tied for the third highest harvest on record.
"Mast conditions in 2014 helped some hunters and hurt others," said Carpenter. "The 2014 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook documented vastly improved oak mast conditions over 2013. Historically, abundant oak mast has led to a decreased archery harvest and an increased December firearms harvest, and that scenario held true in 2014... more on West Virginia's 2014 black bear hunting season
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Buck and Antlerless Gun Seasons Open Nov. 24, 2014 Additional Buck Stamp (Class RG & RRG) must be purchased prior to
South Charleston, West Virginia - As is traditional every Monday before Thanksgiving, West Virginia's two-week antlered (buck) firearm season begins Monday, Nov. 24, and continues through Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. The West Virginia's buck gun season provides a wealth of recreational opportunities for hunters and has a tremendous economic impact on the state's economy.
"Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2014," said Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). "Hunters can harvest an additional buck with the purchase of the appropriate stamp."
Resident hunters wanting the extra buck must purchase the Class RG stamp prior to the beginning of the season. The cost is $21. The RG stamp must be accompanied by a Class A and CS, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ, AH, AHJ or free license.
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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia's deer, bear and boar archery seasons open Sept. 27
South Charleston, West Virginia - West Virginia's 2014 archery seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar open Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. The bear archery season is a split season (Sept. 27-Nov. 22 and Dec. 8-Dec. 31).
In addition to a base license, bear hunters must purchase a Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS) to hunt bear in West Virginia. Two bear may be taken per year, provided at least one bear is taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh or Wyoming counties. Other than the Class DS stamp, no additional stamps are needed to harvest the second bear during the archery season except for non-residents hunting on the National Forest (Class I).
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Trijicon and Peacemaker succeed in creating championship that offers variety of shooting experiences
American Rifleman's Brian Sheetz breaks down why the Trijicon World Shooting Championship is such a hit ...
Trijicon World Shoot Winds Down
After such an unqualified success as the Trijicon World Championship, it's obvious that Peacemaker has succeeded in its mission to bring excellence in a variety of shooting experiences to the masses.
From a wide range of competitors in both pro and amateur categories to sponsors and staff, the inaugural Trijicon World Shooting Championship appears to have been a success if it is to be judged by the enthusiastically affirmative responses that arose from the informal survey question, “Would you shoot it again next year or recommend it to a friend?”
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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Early Bear Gun Seasons to Open Sept. 18 and Oct. 4 in selected counties
South Charleston, West Virginia - Hunters are reminded that a bear season with or without the use of dogs will take place in all or parts of 16 counties Sept. 18–20 and all of eight counties Oct. 4-10.
The counties or parts of counties open to bear hunting with or without dogs from Sept. 18–20 include: Barbour (east of state Route 92), Braxton (east of I–79), Clay (south of Elk River), Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Mineral (west of New Creek), Monroe (east of U.S. Route 219), Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur (east of state Route 20), and Webster.
The counties open for bear hunting with or without dogs Oct. 4-10 include; Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming.
"Counties that will be open for early bear hunting are above their management objective and need additional bears to be harvested to achieve their goal,"... More about Bear Hunting Season in West Virginia
The Mountain State to debut NRA's newest state-level Y.E.S. October 16
Fairfax, Virginia - Each year the NRA selects a couple dozen exceptional high school students to attend its National Youth Education Summit, a seven day educational experience in Washington, D.C. Students spend the week touring the memorials and monuments around our nation’s capital while learning the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.
Some students are selected after submitting an application, but an increasing number of attendees reach Y.E.S. from a state-level program that graduates the top candidate(s) on to the national summit. Starting in 2002 these state Y.E.S. programs have popped up in Alaska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and now West Virginia.
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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Applications available for 2014 antlerless deer season limited permit areas
SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season are available at West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. These applications also may be downloaded from the DNR's Web page at www.wvdnr.gov.
"These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that limited numbers of antlerless deer permits are necessary to meet management objectives," said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.
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From Trijicon - Trijicon World Shooting Championship Adds Junior and Amateur Divisions
Wixom, Michigan - The Trijicon World Shooting Championship, co-sponsored by the NRA and other industry leading manufacturers, will now offer divisions for both Amateur and Junior level shooters. Effective immediately, registration is available for both newly added divisions.
"The idea here is to offer a less intimidating and expensive experience for up and coming shooters," said Cole McCulloch, Owner and Founder, Peacemaker National Training Range. "Myself and all the sponsors involved believe this inaugural event should be available to the most advanced firearm competitors from around the world, regardless of age or overall access to professional competition."
To be considered for this elite competition, Junior and Amateur participants must be competitive shooters or aspiring professionals capable of handling firearms in a safe, responsible and experienced manner.
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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Permit applications available for special deer hunt at National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia
Green Bank, West Virginia – The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).
Submitting an application enters the hunter in a drawing for a maximum of two days on the NRAO site. Applications for the drawing must be received by NRAO on or before Aug. 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and issued a special NRAO letter of authorization to deer hunt. Only hunters who have applied and have received a letter for a particular day or days can hunt... more about hunting at West Virginia's National Radio Astronomy Observatory ...
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