NCTC Deer Management Hunt to Take Place at the National Conservation Training Center

Shepherdstown, WV  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting applications for persons to hunt deer on the 532-acre National Conservation Training Center property in Shepherdstown, WV. This fall season will mark the twenty-first year for this managed hunt.  To manage the deer population on the property, the use of archery equipment, shotguns with single slugs, and muzzleloader rifles will again be allowed during the appropriate West Virginia hunting seasons.  Hunters will be randomly selected from those who apply for a given date and assigned to a certain location from which to hunt.  Hunters may apply for multiple dates.  In 2022 thirty-three deer were harvested.

The hunt dates, all of which are on Saturdays, are November 11, November 18, November 25, and December 2, December 9, December 16, and December 30.  During that time hunters may use a shotgun, muzzleloader, or bow (during the appropriate WV DNR hunt season), and either buck or doe may be taken (also during the appropriate state season)– subject to NCTC’s antlerless-first policy.

Hunters interested in participating should obtain more information at the NCTC Deer Hunting website which will also take you to the required online orientation and application.  Inquiries may be sent by email to  Applications for the hunt must be received by Thursday, August 31.

This managed hunt is open to out-of-state applicants as well as West Virginia residents. Before their first hunt day, the hunter must be licensed in West Virginia and have received a hunter safety education certification. Hunters with disabilities are welcome to participate, and accommodations will be made as needed. 

The use of non-toxic lead-free ammunition will be continued.  Crossbows as well as regular bows are allowed for all archery hunting.

The National Conservation Training Center is the home of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a leader in environmental sustainability. The center provides exemplary training tailored to support Service employees and conservation partners in the accomplishment of the agency’s mission. For more information about NCTC or our green practices, visit our NCTC Program webpage

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