Edited from a Press Release
Pipestem Resort State Park controlled deer hunt applications available for Nov. 3, 4 and 5
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Applications are being accepted for the controlled deer hunt at Pipestem Resort State Park scheduled for Nov. 3, 4 and 5, 2016.

 
Applications must be submitted by going to www.wvhunt.com. Applicants must use an existing account or create one on the Electronic Licensing and Game Checking System. Once logged in, applicants must select “Enter Lottery” and then choose one of three options: Archery, Rifle or Class Q (Class Q license holders only). 
 
Applications must be completed by midnight, Aug. 15, 2016. Forty hunters will be selected randomly for each day of the hunt. Successful applicants will be assigned one hunting day and will be notified after Oct. 1.
 
For additional information about the controlled deer hunt at Pipestem Resort State Park, call 304-466-2804. DNR hunting regulations will apply. More information is available at www.wvdnr.gov and www.wvhunt.com.
 
Benefits of controlled hunts
 
Without controlled hunting, deer herds can reach levels that become detrimental to the landscape, according to DNR wildlife biologists. Overbrowsing by deer can lead to the loss of native vegetation, prevent forest regeneration and alter habitat for all wildlife species living in the park. The primary goal of controlled hunts is to reduce deer numbers to levels that prevent habitat loss, property damage, vehicle collisions and potential human injuries, yet allow visitors the opportunity to view deer throughout the state park. Hunting contributes to wildlife conservation while maintaining a healthy deer herd.
 
“Previous controlled hunts on selected state parks property have proven to be very effective in reducing the deer population to biologically and socially acceptable levels,” said DNR Director Bob Fala. “The Parks and Recreation, Wildlife and Law Enforcement sections of DNR are to be commended for their cooperative efforts in organizing these managed hunts.”
 
General information about the Pipestem Resort State Park controlled hunt