Division of Natural Resources

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Members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee took up a bill that would give Division of Natural Resources law enforcement officers a raise in the upcoming fiscal year and every year following. 

The bill raises the base salary for new officers from $31,222 in their first year to $33,994. All other officers will receive a bump in the range of two to six thousand dollars a year.

The introduced version of the bill also grants the officers a $400 a year raise for every year they remain on the force.

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Senate Bill 237 was on the House Floor Thursday. The bill would create the Captive Cervid Farming Act, which would allow West Virginians to own farms to raise deer and elk. The bill would transfer regulation of these farms from the Division of Natural Resources to the Department of Agriculture.


Senator Joe Manchin has appointed the former state director of the division of natural resources to a new, elevated post. 

Manchin named West Virginia's former director of the Division of Natural Resources Frank Jezioro the senator's new liaison to sportsmen and natural resources. Manchin was recently tapped to serve as co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and will hold a position on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the new Congress.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Natural Resources are gearing up for their 10th annual Christmas tree recycling event.

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That Christmas tree adding holiday flair to your living room could become a condo for fish in a West Virginia lake.

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Hunters killed nearly 37,280 bucks during West Virginia's two-week firearm season. That's down 34 percent from the 56,523 bucks killed in the 2013 season.

Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro said Friday that bad weather and an excellent acorn crop this fall contributed to lower hunter success.

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   SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Division of Natural Resources is advising hunters to take safety precautions with tree stands as the two-week buck firearms season gets under way.
     The season began Monday and runs through Dec. 6.
     DNR law enforcement chief Col. Jerry Jenkins says in a news release that tree stand accidents are the most common cause of hunter injuries.  
     Hunters are advised to use a safety belt or harness when hunting from elevated tree stands. Climbing belts should be used when climbing up or down a tree.

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West Virginia's hunting seasons for Canada goose and other birds will open Sept. 1.

The Division of Natural Resources says the early Canada goose season will run through Sept. 13.

Hunting seasons for sora and Virginia rails will run through Nov. 8. The common snipe season will end on Dec. 13.

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  The Division of Natural Resources is shedding paper and moving to an electronic licensing system for hunters and anglers.

The change will be ushered in Jan. 1, according to The Daily Mail.

The division's chief of wildlife resources, Curtis Taylor, says West Virginia is one of a handful of states that still use paper forms. He says the division has a tough time finding a vendor who makes the forms.

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 Hunters can apply for a controlled deer hunt at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory site in Green Bank.

The Division of Natural Resources says a drawing will be held for the hunt, which will be conducted in four areas on Oct. 17 and 18. Applications are due by Aug. 1 and are available at DNR district offices or at the observatory.

The hunting areas will be designated for bow, muzzleloader and shotgun, or muzzleloader only.

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The Division of Natural Resources says West Virginia hunters bagged 9,017 bearded turkeys this spring, down 19 percent from the previous year.

DNR wildlife resources chief Curtis Taylor says most of the state's districts saw a harvest decline from last year during spring gobbler season.

Top counties for 2014 were Preston, with a take of 344, Mason with 297, Jackson with 294, Wood with 268 and Harrison with 264.

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Division of Natural Resources officials say no fatalities or injuries were reported during the spring turkey hunting season in West Virginia for the first time since it was established in the late 1960s.

The four-week spring gobbler season began April 28 and concluded Saturday. 

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is looking for whip-poor-wills.

DNR officials are worried that the bird is declining in population and so they are reaching out to the public to get a better sense of Whip-poor-will presence throughout West Virginia.

The bird's really hard to spot since its grey, black and brown coloring act as a camouflage. But the call is unmistakable.

West Virginia Morning
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Supreme Court Justices Benjamin and Loughry speak about the balance of power in state government, the public campaign finance program, and partisan elections bringing them to their office. A Wheeling native who is a doctoral student of theology will be the lead author of a new Pastoral letter in the works.  Division of Natural Resources officials are trying to stop Columnaris Disease from spreading to more waters and aquatic wildlife in the state. 

DNR Officials Continue to Study Fatal Fish Disease

Apr 18, 2014
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Columnaris Disease. It’s an illness affecting aquatic life in West Virginia. While it can be fatal, Division of Natural Resources officials are trying to stop it from spreading to more waters in the state.

Two Harrison County residents have been fined for exceeding the state's trout possession limit following the discovery of more than 300 trout in their home.

The individual limit for possessing trout is 12.

The Division of Natural Resources says 70-year-old Michael Earl Fetty and 46-year-old Tammy K. Fetty of Wallace caught trout in Curtisville Lake and Huey Run Lake nearly daily. The trout were kept in a freezer in their home.

DNR officers discovered 321 trout in the home last month during an investigation.

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A Senate Committee saw controversy as House Bill 4286 was discussed.

The bill pulls the state deer farming program from the oversight of the Division of Natural Resources and puts it under the Department of Agriculture.

“The DNR has been doing everything in their power in recent years to squash that entire industry. They will not promote it, they’re trying to kill it,” said Sen. Daniel Hall in support of the legislation.

Dunkard Creek Restoring Itself Faster Than Expected

Jan 27, 2014
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A fisheries biologist with the Division of Natural Resources, says the water body Dunkard Creek is doing an excellent job of restoring itself with aquatic life. This is the site of a massive fish kill back in 2009.

W.Va. Hunting Season Sparks Family Competition

Nov 27, 2013

Anna and Chuck Baker are just returning from their farm to check in a deer. It was Anna who bagged the did a little nine point buck.  

Listen to Anna share the story of how she killed her buck.