The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking input on potential ruffed grouse season changes that could begin with the 2021-2022 season. There is little information available now to assess the proposals, but there are opportunities for providing public input. Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) staff are in contact with West Virginia DNR personnel and will provide our members with additional information as this develops.
Questionnaire and Written Comments
Input on these potential changes and a variety of other hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations may be provided through a questionnaire or submission of written comments by April 3, 2020. Instructions and forms for submitting the questionnaire and comments are available HERE. The bottom of page 6 contains questions regarding the ruffed grouse season.
Public meetings will also be held March 16 and 17, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the locations noted below. Since little additional information has been made available at this time, we encourage members and supporters to attend the nearest meeting location and voice your concerns regarding:
– Additional information that would support each option for regulation changes
– The need for habitat creation and enhancement to more comprehensively benefit ruffed grouse
Monday, March 16, 2020, 6:00-8:00 PM
– Fairmont – East Fairmont High School (Commons Area) *RGS Regional Biologist Linda Ordiway will attend
– Martinsburg – Martinsburg Holiday Inn (Route 81, Exit 13)
– Summersville – Nicholas County High School
– Milton – West Virginia Pumpkin Park (Office Building)
– Spencer – Heritage community Building
– Princeton – Chuck Methena Center (Stafford Commons)
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:00-8:00 PM
– Glen Dale – John Marshall High School (Commons)
– Moorefield – South Branch Inn (Route 220)
– Fayetteville – New River Gorge Canyon Rim Visitors Center
– Logan – Chief Logan State Park Conference Center
– Parkersburg – Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department (Route 68 South)
Action Alert: Nantahala and Pisgah Draft Forest Management Plan
RGS/AWS membership response in the process so far expressing the need for Young Forest Habitat has been outstanding and has already been impactful.
Now we need your voice again to influence the direction of management on our National Forests for the next 15-20 yrs.[Read more…] about Nantahala and Pisgah Draft Forest Management Plan Released – RGS