January 27, 2023

Get Permission First

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The West Virginia DNR is issuing the below statement as a reminder to hunters to seek permission first before hunting on private property. Whether you live in a state that requires this or not, it is good advice and a good practice.

Soon the long hot summer days will be dwindling into the short cool days of fall. Then, before you know it, the hunting seasons will be upon us once again. The summer months are the perfect time of the year to begin scouting for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. It’s also a good time to start asking private landowners for permission to hunt on their property.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) passes on a friendly reminder to hunters to always ask private landowners for permission to hunt on their property. It is also important to remember that, once you have obtained written permission, you are an invited guest and you should always respect the rights and property of your gracious host. A little respect and a simple “thank you” will go a long way in obtaining permission to hunt there for years to come.

Hunters should remember that it is “unlawful for any person to shoot, hunt, fish or trap upon the fenced, enclosed or posted grounds or lands of another person…without permission in writing from the owner” and that written permission must be carried by the hunter.

Although 90 percent of West Virginia is owned by private landowners, there are still more than 1.6 million acres of public land open to hunting. Hunters having difficulty locating a place to hunt can contact any DNR District Office, the Elkins Operations Center, or go on-line at the DNR official Web site (www.wvdnr.gov ) to obtain information on West Virginia’s wildlife management areas, state and national forests which are open to public hunting.

Tom Remington