- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State officials are hoping to increase the number of children participating in wildlife and hunting activities.

The Division of Natural Resources says it has started a youth hunting program for children ages 8 to 17. Participants must submit an application, complete a hunter education course, having a valid hunting license if required, and have a release form signed by a parent or guardian.

More information is available through local DNR offices.

DNR law enforcement chief Col. Jerry Jenkins says participants will learn how to hunt safely and legally.

A youth squirrel hunt is planned for Saturday. Youth hunts for antlerless deer are set for Oct. 17, Dec. 26 and Dec. 28.



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This story corrects the date of the first antlerless deer hunt to Oct. 17.

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