Deer Management Hunt to Take Place at National Conservation Training Center

Deer by Barn // Photo Credit: USFWS Credit: Billings

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) is now accepting applications for persons to hunt deer on the property. This fall season will mark the eleventh year this managed hunt has been held. In order to control the deer population on campus the use of archery, muzzleloader rifles, and shotguns with single slugs will again be allowed during the appropriate West Virginia seasons. Hunters are randomly selected from those who apply for a given date and are assigned to a certain location from which to hunt. Hunters may apply for multiple dates.

A few changes are being implemented this year to keep pace with current technology, allow Training Center personnel to more efficiently administer the process, keep up with changes in West Virginia hunting regulations, and reduce the likelihood of harm to other wildlife. As part of the process of applying, every hunter will take an on-line orientation (a hard-copy version is available). On-site orientation sessions and archery proficiency tests are no longer required. One significant change is the use of lead-free ammunition, which prevents lead poisoning of birds and animals that might ingest lead particles or fragments from deer entrails or carcasses.

The dates are as follows: October 12 - archery; October 19 – Youth 10 to 17 years old, Disabled Hunters with Class Q or QQ permits, and senior Hunters with a Class XS license - shotgun; October 26 shotgun; November 9 – archery; November 30 & December 7 – shotgun & archery; December 14 – muzzleloader & archery; December 21 – shotgun & archery; December 28 – shotgun & archery. This managed hunt is open to West Virginia residents and also to out-of state applicants. All hunters must be licensed in West Virginia and have received a hunter safety education certification. Hunters with disabilities are welcome to participate, and accommodations will be made as needed.

For further information or to apply, visit the NCTC website at Inquiries may be sent by email to, or call 304-876-7272. Applications for the hunt must be received by Friday, August 30.

 -- published --  August 13, 2013
 -- photo credit --  USFWS Credit: Billings

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