Wheeling Urban Deer Hunt Begins Saturday

The annual urban deer hunt in Wheeling is held to thin the herd of wild deer that can be found throughout the city such as this one at a Woodsdale area parking lot.

WHEELING — The City of Wheeling announced its 2019 Urban Deer Hunt, in accordance with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources regulations, will begin Saturday and continue through Dec. 31.

There also will be a special Urban Deer Hunting Season from Jan. 13-31. Permits to participate in the 2019 City of Wheeling Urban Deer Hunt are required and can be obtained in person at the office of the city manager, Room 302, in the City County Building at 1500 Chapline St., Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants must provide a copy of their current West Virginia hunting license as well as proof of successful completion of the International Bowhunter Education Program Course at the time of sign up; a $5 application fee will apply.

During this Urban Deer Hunting Season, seven deer may be taken within the corporate limits of the City of Wheeling, which shall not apply against the hunter’s regular archery deer season bag limit under Section 58-45-1 of the West Virginia Code. If a hunter harvests a deer during the special January season, the deer harvested will count toward their 2020 Urban Deer Hunt bag limit of seven deer. West Virginia Code further requires that the first deer harvested must be antlerless and there can be no more than two antlered deer taken during the Urban Deer Hunt.

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