Edited from a Press Release
WVDNR encourages hunters to obtain DNR ID number before buck firearms season  Demonstrations scheduled across the state Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2015 West Virginia buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 23, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 5. This is the state’s most popular hunting season and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to obtain their DNR identification number (DNR ID#) before the season begins so they will be ready to use the new electronic game checking system to check in their animals.

 

Staff from the DNR Wildlife Resources and Law Enforcement sections will be demonstrating for reporters the process for obtaining the DNR ID# at six license agents across the state. All events will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, the week before the buck gun season begins.

 

Charleston/Huntington - Spring Hill Rod and Gun Shop

Contact: Dan Kessel

4901 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston 

304-768-2090

 

Beckley/Bluefield - Cardinal Pawnbrokers

Contact: Michael and Lisa Crook

1221 S Eisenhower Drive, Beckley

304-253-7357

 

Romney – South Branch Guns and Pawn

Contact: Charles Rinker

15 Foxes Hollow Road, Routh 50 West, Romney

304-822-7558

 

Parkersburg – Wal-Mart East #2823 

Contact: Kevin Ohse

2900 Pike Street, Parkersburg

304-489-1905

 

Wheeling – Cabela’s

Contact: Honor “Bud” Forte

One Cabela Drive, Tridelphia

304-238-0120

 

Clarksburg/Morgantown – Marsh’s Lumber & Home Center Inc.

Contact: Arlis and Linda Marsh

515 Rosebud Plaza, Clarksburg

304-624-6549

 

Hunters must use the new electronic game checking system for reporting their harvested animals. Using their DNR ID#, hunters may check their game by calling 1-844-wvcheck, by smartphone or computer at wvhunt.com, or by going to a  license agent. 

 

Hunters without a DNR ID# may visit www.wvhunt.com or any license agent to get their number. Annual license buyers will find their DNR ID# in the upper left corner of their license. Lifetime license holders have already been assigned a number.  They can visit www.wvhunt.com and log on with their social security number and date of birth to verify their information and get their number.  If they are unable to log on, they should call the DNR headquarters at 304-558-2758 for assistance. If they try to enroll as a new customer, it will give them a second DNR ID# which will cause problems when they try to check in their game.

 

Hunters not required to purchase a license (landowners and youth, for example) may obtain their DNR ID# by visiting www.wvhunt.com or a license agent.

 

Not only is the system more convenient for hunters, but it also makes important information available more quickly to DNR staff, who use it to make better wildlife management decisions and to better enforce the state’s hunting laws.