SOUTH CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced applications for mourning doves in a managed setting are now available. The hunt will take place in the South Branch Wildlife Management Area in Hardy County. September 1 and 2 are reserved for the annual organized hunt. Mourning Dove hunters who wish to participate can request an application by calling 304-822-3551 or in person at WVDNR’s District 2 office located in Romney.
Applications must be delivered by hand to the District 2 office no later than the close of business June 30, or they must be postmarked no later than July 1. Hardy County is home to the South Branch Wildlife Management Area, which can be found at the source of the river in an area known as the “bowl section” of the South Branch. On September 1 and 2, the first two days of mourning dove hunting season, hunting is permitted only with a valid permit.
Notifications to successful applicants will be sent by post or email by August 1. Hunters selected in the lottery will be allocated a day of hunting and a shooting range at no cost to them, and they will be allowed to bring two visitors with them. Along with the news that you have been selected for the draw, you will receive a map showing the location of the shooting stations.
After September 2, dove hunting will no longer require the purchase of a permit. In late August, West Virginia Migratory Bird Hunting Regulation 2023-24 will be made available at WVDNR offices and online at WVdnr.gov/hunting/hunting-regulations. These documents will be available for purchase. Contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources District 2 office at (304) 822-3551 to learn more about regulated mourning dove hunting.