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Rules And Regulations Governing Public Use Of
West Virginia Wildlife Management Areas

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  1. The Division of Natural Resources assumes no responsibility for any personal property used or left on any area. If such property is abandoned or left unattended for more than 48 hours the Division may remove and dispose of the property in accordance with applicable provisions of the West Virginia Code.

  2. Camping on wildlife management areas is permitted in designated areas only. Campsite rental fees must be paid before occupying the campsite.

  3. Fires are permitted only in fireplaces, fire rings, or grates provided on the area or in other areas as designated by the Division. No fires may be left unattended.

  4. Grazing livestock on a wildlife management area is illegal without first obtaining a special use permit from the Division.

  5. Loud or excessive noise, disorderly conduct, or other disturbances are prohibited.

  6. It is illegal to cut, damage, deface, or destroy any building, rock, shrub, sign, tree, or other property on a wildlife management area.

  7. It is illegal to remove any man-made or natural object from a wildlife management area, except game and fish legally taken during the open seasons as published anually by the DNR. Objects which may not be removed include, but are not limited to, animals, plants, rocks and minerals, sand, and historical or archaeological artifacts.

  8. Only portable tree stands may be used on public lands.

  1. The maximum speed limit for vehicles is thirty (30) miles per hour unless a lower speed limit is posted. Drivers must observe all other traffic signs or directions as posted on the area.

  2. Driving any vehicle in a manner which creates a nuisance to others by repetitive or continuous cruising is prohibited.

  3. The use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorbikes, and snowmobiles is prohibited except where specifically permitted by posted signs on designated roads and trails.

  4. Driving any vehicle, ATV, snowmobile, or motorbike in a manner so as to harass, chase, or annoy any animal or bird is prohibited.

Bicycles and Horses
  1. The use of bicycles or horses is permitted only on roads normally open to public travel and on designated routes as posted on the area.

  2. Groups of 10 or more people must obtain a permit from the District Game Biologist or area manager prior to riding on any designated route.

  3. Group size will be limited to a maximum of 25 people.

  4. Competitive events are not permitted on wildlife management areas.

  5. Group use is prohibited during spring gobbler season and between October 10 and December 31 except on Sundays.

  6. No more than two groups may use a designated route on a wildlife management area during each daylight period.

  7. Horses are not permitted in designated camping areas.

  8. Where horses are kept in concentrations to create a solid waste problem, the owner(s) shall be responsible for the removal and disposal of any waste produced by the animal(s).

  9. Any horse feed brought onto a wildlife management area must be locally obtained or be pelletized horse feed.

Public Shooting Ranges
  1. Hours of operation will be posted at the entrance to each public shooting range and no person may use the range except during posted hours. A range may be temporarily closed at the discretion of the responsible District Game Biologist or the area wildlife manager.

  2. All persons using a public shooting range must obey all posted range safety instructions.

  3. Glass or metal containers may not be used as targets on any public shooting range. Only paper, clay or metal silhouette targets may be used on public shooting ranges without prior approval from the District Game Biologist or the area wildlife manager.

  4. After use, all targets or silhouettes must be removed from the range by the shooter or disposed of in containers provided at the range.

  5. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited within the boundaries of all public shooting ranges.

  6. No person may handle a weapon at a public shooting range while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or other drug, or while under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance or other drug.

  7. No person under 16 years of age may use a public shooting range unless directly supervised by an adult (18 years of age or older) except those persons under 16 years of age who possess a valid West Virginia hunting license.

  8. All firearms must be unloaded and firearm handling must cease while any person is forward of the firing line. Firearms may be loaded and discharged only at established shooting stations. The firing line shall be defined as the line directly in front of and parallel to the shooting benches.

  9. No person may move forward of the firing line until all firing has ceased, all users acknowledge an "all clear" command and all firearms have been unloaded and placed on the shooting benches.

  10. Firearms must be pointed downrange at all times.

  11. Use of fully automatic firearms is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the District Game Biologist.

  12. Any horse feed brought onto a wildlife management area must be locally obtained or be pelletized horse feed.

Special Regulations
  1. No person may create a shoreline development of any kind on the lands and waters under the administrative control of the Division within the boundaries of Stonecoal Wildlife Management Area.

  2. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited within the boundaries of the West Virginia State Wildlife Center at French Creek.
Any person violating any of these rules and regulations shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 20 of the Code of West Virginia and such other laws as may be applicable. Wildlife management area boundaries are marked with blue paint and/or metal boundary signs.

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