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West Virginia Warns of Errors in 2007-08 Regulations Booklet

From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

-- The Division of Natural Resources strives to provide hunters and trappers with an accurate, well-designed and informative regulations brochure each year. However, given the complexity and number of changes that must be incorporated into each year's regulations, errors or omissions do sometimes occur.

The 2007-2008 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary contains one trapping error and several deer hunting errors or omissions. Corrections, by page number, are detailed below.

On page 4, the regulations booklet says it is illegal to set conibear or Mohawk type traps for terrestrial trapping, but incorrectly states that they may be used in underwater sets. The regulations should read that these traps may be used in water sets.
           
On page 17, the Antlerless Deer Season table indicates that only those counties in the first column have an antlerless season on December 26-29, 2007 on private land.  The season dates December 26-29 should have been included in all four columns.  All counties or portions thereof with an antlerless deer season have a 22-day season which includes December 26-29, 2007 on private land only.
           
Page 25 contains several errors on the Muzzleloader Deer Season map.  Contrary to the coloration on the map, Braxton and Tucker counties and the western portion of Pendleton County are open to either-sex muzzleloader hunting on the base license and to antlered deer hunting only on the Class RM and RRM Additional Muzzleloader Deer stamps.  Barbour, Taylor and Ritchie counties and the eastern portion of Pendleton County, along with Monroe County (except for Potts Creek WMA) are open to either-sex muzzleloader deer hunting on both the base license and on the Class RM or RRM Additional Muzzleloader Deer stamps.
           
Hunters and trappers are urged to visit the DNR Web site at
www.wvdnr.gov to view or obtain corrected pages of the 2007-2008 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.  Deer hunters are also advised that the White-tailed Deer Hunting Seasons table on pages 12-15 of the 2007-2008 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary is correct and should take precedence over any discrepancies which occur elsewhere in the text.
           
The Division of Natural Resources apologizes for these errors and omissions and any inconvenience or confusion they may have caused.  Hunters or trappers having questions about regulations are urged to contact the appropriate DNR district office, the contact information for which is located on the inside front cover of the 2007-2008 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

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