From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- To commemorate a West Virginia hunter's accomplishment in harvesting his or her first deer, the Division of Natural Resources has created an online First Deer Certificate to remember the occasion.
The colorful certificate, suitable for framing, is a way to mark the special deer hunting experience and provide the hunter with a permanent reminder of the day. The certificate is easy to complete, and is designed to include the hunter's name and other important information.
Hunters can include a photo of themselves with their first deer. Because it's online, the certificate can be printed free at home. The First Deer Certificate can be found online on the DNR's website at http://www.wvdnr.gov/WILDfirstDeerCert.pdf.
"West Virginia has a strong hunting heritage and the DNR is working to provide parents opportunities to take kids afield," according to Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section chief. "We're hoping parents take advantage of the special antlerless deer seasons and introduce their kids to the joys of hunting.
"Although the certificate was initially developed for youth hunters, we recognize that individuals can be introduced to hunting at any age. We want to encourage anyone who takes his or her first deer this fall to print a certificate as a way to remember this special occasion."