“The 2015-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary contains an error on page 15 with regards to the archery and crossbow white-tailed deer maximum combined seasons bag limit,” the statement read. “In the counties listed below, which are closed to the antlerless season, the maximum combined seasons bag limit is two either-sex deer, not three deer as printed. Those counties or parts thereof include: Boone, Mineral (West Portion), Clay (South of Elk River), Pendleton (West Portion), Fayette (West Portion), Raleigh (West Portion), Greenbrier (North Portion), Tucker, Kanawha (South Portion), Webster, Mineral (West Portion).
“The Division of Natural Resources encourages hunters to refer to pages 22-23 of the Regulations Summary for maps and descriptions of the split counties and regrets any inconvenience this error may cause. Questions can be directed to any DNR district office, the Elkins Operations Center or the South Charleston office.”
The online version of the guide has been updated with the correct information, but thousands of printed versions that include this mistake have already been distributed. (This mistake also appears in the Bowhunting World annual overview of bowhunting forecasts, season dates and regulations across the U.S.)
West Virginia’s Coal Valley News reports that, according to Col. Jerry Jenkins of the DNR’s Law Enforcement Section, law enforcement officers have been made aware of the error and will use discretion when handling violations.