From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- Anyone with a pocket calendar published by the West Virginia Divisions of Natural Resources and Forestry should be aware important dates and other information have been changed since the calendars were printed in late 2010.
An incorrect opening date for deer archery season appears on the 2011 pocket calendar. Hunters are reminded that the traditional deer archery season opens on Oct. 1, 2011, and closes on Dec. 31, 2011.
This years earlier opening date for the deer archery season was approved by the Natural Resources Commission May 1. Deer of either sex may be hunted statewide with a bow during this traditional archery season. The daily bag limit is one (1) and the maximum season bag limit varies from three (3) to two (2) depending upon the county.
For information about the West Virginia fall hunting seasons, hunters are urged to check the 2011- 2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, available at all license agents or online at http://www.wvdnr.gov/Hunting/Regs1112/Season_dates.pdf.
Beginning Oct. 1 outdoor burning will be prohibited until after 5 p.m. during fall and spring forest fire seasons. All fires must be extinguished by 7 a.m. No outdoor burning will be allowed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during forest fire seasons. Until now, outdoor burning hours started at 4 p.m.
In addition to changes in the forest fire season burning hours, the Legislature increased the maximum fine for illegal burning from $300 to $1,000. Fines now range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $1,000. A new civil penalty of $200 also may be assessed; money collected from the civil penalty will supplement the agencys wild land fire suppression budget.
For more information about the states outdoor burning laws and fire safety, visit the Division of Forestrys website at www.wvforestry.com.