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West Virginia State Parks Encourage Life Jackets for All Water Recreation

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia State Parks is encouraging the use of life jackets as part of Operation Life Jacket.

Lakes and streams are some of the most popular attraction in the system’s 49 areas. West Virginia’s state parks offer a wide range of recreation opportunities in natural bodies of water.

“We have some of the best lakes and streams in the country right here in our own back yard,” Parks Chief Sam England said. “They’re an incredible resource, and we want to make sure people are safe while they’re using them. A natural body of water isn’t a controlled environment like a swimming pool. It has currents and debris that might not be visible from the surface. It’s important to respect the power of the natural environment.”

Lake swimming is only permitted in lifeguarded areas at Tygart Lake and Cacapon Resort State Park. Many more waters at state parks and forests are open for fishing and boating, and visitors should use approved personal flotation devices. “We want life jacket use to become a habit,” England said.

Take the pledge to wear a life jacket by sharing the pledge “sticker” on social media and using the hashtag #wearitwv. Images for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are available at www.wvcommerce.org/operationlifejacket.

More ADA Access Upgrades to the Gilmer County Recreation Center Pool

The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center Board is pleased with all the upgrading being done to the facility for people with disabilities.


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The park board thanks the FCI Gilmer inmate program for helping with these upgrades, for without their help these upgrades could not have been available this year for two camps that are held here each year with over 20 wheelchair campers.

Again the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center Board and Director Darrel Ramsey thanks FCI Gilmer for their help in making our facility a little more user friendly for the disable.

GEye™: Deer

Deer across the road from the GSC Ike & Sue
Morris Football Stadium on 06.30.15

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Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications Now Available Online

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV – Hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from November 23 – December 05 on public and private land in 18 counties, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, Mercer, Monroe, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster counties will be open for concurrent bear hunting during the traditional buck-gun season by permit only.

Resident landowners, their resident children or resident tenants who live on the land are not required to apply for a limited bear firearms season permit or purchase a class DS bear hunting stamp to bear hunt on their own land.

“Counties that will be open for bear hunting during the buck-gun season are currently above their management objective and additional bears need to be harvested to achieve their goal,“ said Carpenter. “Timing is critical when setting bear hunting seasons, and the limited bear firearms season will occur when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods. This is the third time that hunters in the majority of these counties will have the opportunity to harvest a black bear during the buck-gun season, and we hope they will take advantage of it.“

Hunters must apply for a limited bear firearms permit using the Electronic Licensing System at www.wvhunt.com.

To apply, simply log into your account and click on “Enter Lottery” on your home screen and click “Enter” to the right of “Black Bear Hunt.“  Then select the county you want to apply for during the hunt.  As in the past, hunters may also select a secondary county in case they aren’t selected for their first location.  Hunters without accounts can also create one at www.wvhunt.com.

Hunters can also call their local DNR District office for help with the application process.  The deadline for applications is midnight August 15, 2015.  Successful applicants will be notified by mail by the first week of October.  In addition, successful applicants can learn whether they received a permit starting August 18, 2015 by logging into their account.  Neither the permit nor the class DS stamp is transferrable, and the county of hunt cannot be changed.

Details concerning bear hunting seasons can be found on pages 36-39 of the 2015-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

Permits Available

Barbour

100

Braxton

100

Calhoun

100

Clay

100

Grant

300

Greenbrier

300

Hardy

500

Lewis

100

Mercer

100

Monroe

200

Pendleton

500

Pocahontas

500

Randolph

800

Summers

100

Taylor

100

Tucker

200

Upshur

100

Webster

600

Total

4800

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