Outdoor activities abound in West Virginia
HUNTINGTON -- Summersville Lake's tailwater of the Gauley River was stocked with 750 pounds of rainbow trout June 27 by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional Outfitters Association.
"The goal of the stocking is to enhance summer trout fishing opportunities in the Gauley River," said Frank Jezioro, DNR Director. "Another stocking will be conducted in August."
The program is supported by rafting fees to compensate for additional days of whitewater rafting flows on the Gauley River. Fishing opportunities are reduced during these high flows released from Summersville Dam.
ANTLERLESS APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are available at West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. These applications also can 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.
Eleven Wildlife Management Areas (Beaver Dam, Big Ugly, Blackwater, Calvin Price State Forest, Elk River, Greenbrier State Forest, Kumbrabow State Forest, Little Canaan, Little River, Potomac and Wallback) and eight counties or portions thereof (Boone, Clay, Fayette, Mercer, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas and Raleigh) will have a limited number of Class N licenses for resident and Class NN licenses for nonresident antlerless deer hunting Oct. 23-25 on private land only, and Nov. 24 through Dec. 6, Dec. 18-20 and Dec. 29-31 on private and public land.
Applications must be received by the DNR before the close of business Aug. 15, 2014.
For complete information on antlerless deer season dates and bag limits, consult the 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which is available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, DNR offices and online at www.wvdnr.gov.
DNR INVESTIGATES BEAR ENCOUNTER: An encounter between a black bear and a woman in the Mayfield Road area of Morgantown is being investigated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, a news release said.
DNR personnel were searching for a female black bear with two orange ear tags. The sow is likely to be accompanied by two yearlings. Monongalia County residents who spot that specific animal should contact the District DNR office in Farmington, W.Va., at 304-825-6787.
To avoid potentially dangerous situations, DNR personnel remind residents that bears quickly become habituated to handouts in the form of trash, bird seed, pet food and feed placed out for other animals. As a result, they lose their fear of humans.
Bears that have lost their fear of humans resort to raiding garbage, outdoor freezers, storage sheds, vehicles and other structures associated with people.
Feeding of any wildlife should be avoided for numerous reasons. These include but are not limited to: disease transmission, increased predation, habitat destruction around the feeding site, ethical concerns, and the animal's overall health.
Residents are reminded to secure their bird seed, pet food and trash to ensure that black bears remain wild and free in West Virginia.
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