- 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.


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

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