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Applications available for 2018 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas

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Applications for the 2018 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com, and will be accepted until midnight, August 14.

Hunters who apply for a limited antlerless firearms permit must use the Electronic Licensing System at www.wvhunt.com. Applicants must log on, select “Enter Lottery” on the home screen, select “2018 Antlerless Deer Hunt,” then choose the county or wildlife management area for which they want to apply. Hunters also may select a secondary county or WMA. Hunters without accounts can create one at www.wvhunt.com.

“These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that issuing limited numbers of antlerless deer permits will help meet management objectives,“ said Chris Ryan, supervisor of game management services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail by the first week of October. Starting September 01, all applicants can see whether they received a permit by logging into their account.

The following wildlife management areas and counties are open for this drawing:

  • Blackwater
  • Bluestone
  • Calvin Price State Forest
  • Greenbrier State Forest
  • Hillcrest
  • Kumbrabow State Forest
  • Little Canaan
  • Seneca State Forest
  • Boone
  • Greenbrier
  • Lincoln
  • Mineral
  • Pocahontas
  • Raleigh
  • Webster

A limited number Class N licenses for resident and Class NN licenses for nonresident hunters will be available. Successful applicants may hunt antlerless deer October 25–28 on private land only, and November 19–December 01, December 06–09 and December 28–31 on private and public land.

Hunters who want to enter as a group must know the other hunters’ DNR ID numbers to enter the lottery. Hunters also may call their local DNR district office for help with the application process.

For complete information on antlerless deer season dates and bag limits, consult the 2018–2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary. It will be available online at www.wvdnr.gov and at West Virginia license agents and DNR offices in July.

Farm Storage Facility Loans

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FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks.

The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities, floriculture, hops, maple sap, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Qualified facilities include grain bins, hay barns and cold storage facilities for eligible commodities. 

Loans up to $50,000 can be secured by a promissory note/security agreement and loans between $50,000 and $100,000 may require additional security. Loans exceeding $100,000 require additional security.

Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply. The loans are designed to assist a diverse range of farming operations, including small and mid-sized businesses, new farmers, operations supplying local food and farmers markets, non-traditional farm products, and underserved producers.

To learn more about the FSA Farm Storage Facility Loan, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport  or contact your local FSA county office. 

To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

Yellowstone Tourist Filmed While Taunting Bison

Video taken inside Yellowstone National Park shows a person taunting a wild bison that was attempting to mind its own business along a busy roadway. Per KRTV, the incident unfolded in the Hayden Valley area of Wyoming, where a passerby recorded as a person who appeared to be a tourist directly engaged the 1,000-plus pound beast. The bison first tried to just ignore the person. However, when the taunts continued and the tourist got closer, the animal charged. At that point, witness Lindsey Jones’ moved her camera away. “Oh God, no, no, I can’t watch,“ she said. Lucky for everyone, the tourist managed to move away before being gored. “Meanwhile in Yellowstone National Park… #dontdrinkandbuffalo,“ Jones wrote after posting the video to Facebook. Park officials say the rules, for the safety of both animals and people, are clear: stay away from the wildlife.

‘Hands of God’ Appear to Hold New Bridge

Emerging from a mountainside 4,600 feet above sea level, two giant hands appear to hold a thin gold thread. Only it’s not a thread at all, but a nearly 500-foot-long bridge. Cau Vang or the Golden Bridge, which recently opened in Vietnam’s Ba Na Hills after about a year of construction, is the latest architectural feat to make waves around the world. As Reuters reports, it’s “as if the mountain itself has sprouted limbs” of weathered stone, dotted with what appears to be green moss. They were designed to mimic the “hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land,“ says Vu Viet Anh of TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, which designed the new pedestrian bridge in Thien Thai Garden. Per the BBC, a second, connecting bridge of silver, to resemble a god’s strand of hair, is also in the works.

The stone-colored hands made of steel mesh and fiberglass appear to hold the golden pedestrian bridge, whose supports are painted green to blend in with the treetops. “It creates a walkway in the sky, among the foggy and fairy-like lands of Ba Na mountain,“ says Anh, who was nonetheless surprised by the international response. Per Reuters and My Modern Met, the bridge lined with purple flowers has already hosted “scores of tourists” and a bridal fashion show since opening in June. Many more visitors are expected, as the Ba Na Hills area drew more than 2.7 million visitors last year. The attraction, which offers majestic views of Da Nang, is apparently worth the trip. “It makes me feel like humans can do anything,“ one tourist tells Reuters. The Guardian has photos of other unusual pedestrian walkways.

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