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Stephen S. McDaniel, Director

News Release: July 24, 2019

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DNR seeks big bucks and trophy fish for National Hunting and Fishing Day display

Roanoke, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking hunters and anglers to enter showcase pieces for the big buck and trophy fish display at the National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park Sept. 21-22.

Mounted trophy white-tailed bucks with a Pope and Young or Boone and Crockett score of 140 or greater that was legally harvested with a bow or gun may be entered in the display. DNR also is seeking fish that meet trophy citation guidelines.

“This display is a tremendous draw at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days and attracts thousands of visitors each year,” said fish display organizer James Walker, DNR wildlife biologist. “This is a great opportunity to show off your big buck or trophy fish.”

The display is limited to the first 30 qualifying trophy bucks. Only 25 qualifying trophy fish, chosen by a selection committee, will be displayed. No more than five fish of any species will be accepted for the display. Each hunter and angler who displays their trophy deer or fish at the two-day event will be entered in a drawing for several valuable prizes.

For more information about entering a qualifying buck, email Tyler Evans at [email protected]. For fish, email James Walker at [email protected]. Hunters and anglers also may call 304-924-6211 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

In addition to the DNR, event sponsors include the West Virginia Wildlife Federation and Toyota.

Big buck display

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
The Big Buck display is always a popular exhibit during the annual
West Virginia Celecration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. This year's event
is Sept. 21-22 at Stonewall Resort State Park.