This is day one of a controlled hunt on the park grounds with one goal in mind...get the deer population under control.
Park superintendent Sam England says this hunt is vital to overall deer herd health. "That over population is causing a number of things, an imbalance of the eco-system within the state park. We also see a decline in the health of the deer herd. We see things like low body mass, low fat, an unusual number of sub-legal bucks, so they aren't getting the nutrition they need to have."
Those are the main reasons why The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources sets aside 150 hunting spots over three days at the park. You'll see blinds on the golf course, hunters in the woods and tree stands at selected spots. Amazingly, many of the people in the hotel never even know there's a hunt going on, but you can bet people in the state are very interested.
"This hunt has quite a bit of interest. As many people apply for this hunt as apply for other special interest hunts in the whole state because of the interest in Stonewall, it's pretty easy to fill those stands and spaces we provide." says England.
England calls this an unquestioned success, it was so good, in fact, Stonewall probably won't need another hunt next year.
Home | Eyewitness News Newsroom | Storm Team Weather | Eyewitness Sports | Schedules
Send email to email@example.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2013, WCHS-TV8. Portions are
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.