Hunt Harvest Report Extension
Hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with State of West Virginia hunting regulations and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policies. There are open seasons for a wide variety of game species from September 1 through February 28, as well as a spring turkey season from March 1 to August 31.
Hunters must carry a current, signed Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge hunt permit, appropriate state hunting licenses, and a photo ID to hunt on the refuge.
It has been a condition of the refuge hunt permit for hunters to complete and turn in a hunt harvest report by June 15 each year. According to refuge policy, hunters failing to meet this deadline will be denied a refuge hunt permit for the following year. The June 15 deadline, however, has not been enforced consistently.
Letters were sent from the refuge this September informing hunters who had not submitted their hunt reports that they were ineligible to receive a refuge hunt permit for the 2014-2015 hunting seasons. There were approximately 1800 permit holders for the 2013-2014 season, and about half of those had not submitted hunt reports at the time notification letters were mailed.
Since mailing the letters, it has become clear that there is a need to improve the refuge’s administrative process for managing the process of collecting the hunt reports. We have received a large volume of calls and emails from hunters in response to the letters making these gaps evident.
With a goal of improving the process for next year, the refuge has extended the deadline to submit 2013-2014 hunt reports through midnight on October 24, 2014. Click here to download the hunt harvest report form.
Hunters will be notified of this extension by direct email or letter, and the information will be posted on our website and media.
We are committed to improve the efficiency of our hunt program’s permitting and reporting process to better serve hunters. We apologize for the confusion that has occurred this year.