White-tailed deer (Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce)

Hunters in Barbour, Jackson, Mason, Upshur counties must bring harvested deer to data collection stations

FARMINGTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds hunters that they are required to bring deer harvested on Nov. 21-22 in Barbour, Jackson, Mason and Upshur counties to a biological data collection station for carcass examination.

WVDNR personnel will be collecting data on harvested deer at 18 locations each day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All data collected at these stations will help biologists manage the deer population.

“This data collection effort is an important part of a three-year study on the population dynamics of white-tailed deer in West Virginia,” said Steve Rauch, assistant chief of game management for the WVDNR. “Hunter cooperation is essential to the success of West Virginia’s deer management program. By measuring physical characteristics and age at harvest, our biologists will be better able to manage our deer population. We hope all hunters have a safe and successful deer firearm season.”

The examination requirement was first announced in the 2022-2023 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which can be downloaded at WVdnr.gov/hunting-regulations. More information can be found in the summary of changes on page 1 and in the deer regulations on page 14.

Hunters bringing their deer to the data collection stations must still check in their deer at WVhunt.com, by telephone or at a license agent. The biological data collection stations can be found at the following locations.

Barbour County

  • Junior Fire Department, 331 Row Ave., Belington, WV 26250
  • Longview One Stop, 6861 Buckhannon Rd., Volga, WV 26238
  • Nestorville Service Station, 27 Mountaineer Rd., Philippi, WV 26416
  • Mattchew’s Bar and Grill, 20305 Barbour Co. Hwy., Philippi, WV 26416
  • Barbour County Fairgrounds, 227 Fairgrounds Way, Belington, WV 26250

Jackson County

  • Kenna Exxon, WV-34 Kenna, WV 25248
  • C-Mart, 425 North Church St. Ripley, WV 25271
  • Turkey Fork Grocery, 15 Co. Rd. 7 and Turkey Fork Rd., Sandyville, WV 25275
  • C-Mart, 8069 Ripley Rd., Cottageville, WV 25239
  • Old and New Sports, 813 Washington St., Ravenswood, WV 26164

Mason County

  • Sandhill Foodmart, 4107 Sandhill Rd., Point Pleasant, WV 25550
  • New Haven Marathon, 605 5th St., New Haven, WV 25265
  • Leon General, LLC, 27523 Charleston Rd., Leon, WV 25123
  • Jerry’s Run Food Mart, 30575 Huntington Rd., Apple Grove, WV 25502

Upshur County

  • Hodgesville Mini Mart, 4910 Clarksburg Rd., Buckhannon, WV 26201
  • Dean’s Variety Mart, 66 Mount Nebo Rd., Buckhannon, WV 26201
  • Tractor Supply Co., 120 Garden Fresh Plaza Dr., Buckhannon, WV 26201
  • Rock Cave IGA, 88 Rock Cave Rd., Rock Cave, WV 26234

For more information about West Virginia’s hunting seasons, visit WVdnr.gov. To purchase a hunting license, visit WVhunt.com.

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