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WV offers special access areas for hunters with Class Q/QQ permits

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

-- Physically challenged hunters possessing a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest, portions of the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia and on selected wildlife management areas.

In addition to the special access areas, Class Q/QQ permit holders may participate in special Class Q/QQ deer hunts on Oct. 30 and Dec. 27 and 28. The special deer hunts will take place on designated wildlife management areas and state forests as outlined on pages 29-30 of the 2010-2011 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.
         
Designating Class Q/QQ roads on national forest lands in West Virginia is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service and the DNR. The highly successful program provides hunting access for physically challenged sportsmen and women.  
           
To participate in this program, hunters must possess either a Class Q (resident) or Class QQ (nonresident) permit issued by the DNR. Applications for the permits may be obtained at any DNR office or hunting and fishing license agent. In addition to the Class Q/QQ hunting permit, both resident and nonresident hunters must possess all applicable hunting licenses and stamps. Nonresidents hunting on national forest lands must also possess a National Forest Stamp Class I.
           
Hunters with a Class Q/QQ permit must apply in person at the appropriate National Forest District Office or DNR District Office and receive a letter of authorization, which must be in the hunter's possession while hunting on the designated roads in the program.
           
The Class Q/QQ permit holders may be accompanied by no more than one assistant, at least 16 years of age, when hunting within a designated area. Class Q/QQ permit holders are required to furnish information on their assistant(s) such as name, address, phone number, drivers license and hunting license number if hunting.

The assistant may hunt with the Class Q/QQ permit holder, but he or she must be out of the vehicle while hunting and possess appropriate hunting licenses as required by state law. A hunting license is not required for the assistant if he or she is not hunting.
           
Authorized hunters will have access to specific gates via a special lock. While behind the gate, hunters must observe all national forest and/or state wildlife management area regulations, and all state hunting regulations.  
           
For more information concerning access to national forest or wildlife management area Class Q/QQ roads, contact the U.S. Forest Service at (304)-636-1800 or the DNR at (304)637-0245.  Information is also available at www.wvdnr.gov. Specific areas with designated Class Q/QQ roads include:
 
Class Q/QQ Roads Available on National Forest Lands
Cheat/Potomac Ranger District, Parsons, (304)478-3251 
-- Goodwin Run (Forest Road #933) Tucker County 
-- Bonifield Run (Forest Road #929) Tucker County 
-- Five Lick (Forest Road #153/153A) Randolph County 
-- Back Ridge (Forest Road #814) Pendleton County
 
Greenbrier Ranger District, Bartow, (304)456-3335 
-- Little Beech Mountain (Forest Road #385, 183A) Randolph County 
-- Span oak (Forest Road #224) Pocahontas County
     
Gauley Ranger District, Richwood, (304)846-2695 
-- Left Branch (Frosty Gap) (Forest Road #731) Pocahontas County 
-- Spice Run (Forest Road #787) Webster County

Marlinton/White Sulphur Ranger District, Marlinton, (304)799-4334 
-- Crooked Fork (Forest Road #251) Pocahontas County 
-- Marlin Mountain (Forest Road #300) Pocahontas County 
-- Panther Ridge (Forest Road #298) Greenbrier County 
-- Bear Track (Forest Road #882) Greenbrier County
 
North River Ranger District, Bridgewater, VA (540-432-0187) 
  
-- Dry River Hollow Road (Forest Road #151H) Pendleton County
 
State Wildlife Management Areas with Available Roads
Bluestone WMA, Burnsville Lake WMA, Elk River WMA, Hillcrest WMA, Hughes River WMA, Lewis Wetzel WMA, McClintic WMA, Sleepy Creek WMA, Stonewall Jackson Lake WMA and Wallback WMA.

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