West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Applications Available for Controlled Deer Hunts on Two West Virginia State Parks

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two controlled deer hunts are scheduled in November 2013 at two of West Virginia’s state parks: Blennerhassett Island in Wood County and Stonewall Resort in Lewis County near Weston. The Blennerhassett Island hunt dates are November 12 and November 14, 2013. Dates at Stonewall Resort are November 18, 19, and 20, 2013.

“High deer populations create environmental imbalance within the parks and subject the herd to increasingly poor browse and health conditions,” according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

Monitoring and field surveys conducted by wildlife and parks managers led to the conclusion that harvests by controlled hunts should be implemented in 2013. Controlled hunts at both parks have been conducted several times in the past decade. DNR hunting regulations apply to controlled hunts. Hunting contributes to wildlife conservation while maintaining a healthy deer herd population.

A separate application for each hunt is available online at http://www.wvdnr.gov/, under Hunting, “Controlled Hunts.” Hunting information is different for each park due to the nature of the physical location, access and eligibility.

Applications also are available at the following locations: DNR District Offices; DNR Elkins Operations Center; DNR Main Office in South Charleston; West Virginia State Park and Forest Offices; and the West Virginia State Wildlife Center at French Creek. Applications are two-sided with the application on one side and information on the reverse.

Completed applications must be postmarked and mailed to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241-0067 by August 19, 2013. A random selection from applications received determines the successful applicants. Successful applicants will be notified after October 1.

For additional information about the Stonewall Resort Controlled Hunt, contact Stonewall Resort State Park at (304) 269-0524, or the District 3 DNR Office at 304-924-6211. For additional information about the Blennerhassett Island Controlled Hunt, contact Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park at (304) 420-4800, or the District 6 DNR Office at 304-420-4550.

Contact Information

Gary Foster, Game Management, WVDNR Wildlife; Sam England, Stonewall Resort SP; Matt Baker, Blennerhassett Island SP
304-637-0245; 304-269-0524; 304-420-4800
Gary.M.Foster@wv.gov; Samuel.A.England@wv.gov; Matthew.S.Baker@wv.gov