Edited from a Press Release

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2016 West Virginia spring turkey season begins Monday, April 18, and runs through Saturday, May 14. Hunters who didn’t get their DNR ID number during last year’s hunting seasons will need to obtain their number before they head into the woods.


A youth spring gobbler season will be held Saturday, April 16, for hunters ages 8 through 17. Youth hunters must have their own DNR ID number to check in game. 


“A hunter’s DNR ID number is good for their lifetime, so those who got it last year will use that same number to check in their gobbler,” said Scott Warner, assistant DNR Wildlife Resources Section chief. “Using their DNR ID number, hunters may check their game by calling 1-844-wvcheck, by going online at wvhunt.com, or by going to a license agent.” 


Annual license buyers will find their DNR ID# in the upper left corner of their licenses. Hunters not required to purchase a license, such as resident landowners and youth under the age of 15, may obtain their DNR ID number by visiting www.wvhunt.com or a license agent.


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 retrieve their number. If they are unable to log on, they should call the DNR headquarters at 304-558-2758 for assistance.


If a hunter who already has a DNR ID number tries to create a new account on the electronic licensing system, it will give them a second DNR ID number, which will cause problems when they try to check in their game.