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.

 Big Buck Contest Winners


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the winners of the 2010 West Virginia Big Buck Contest, according to Gene Thorn, Chairman of the West Virginia Big Buck Contest Review Committee. The contest is cosponsored by the DNR, Izaak Walton League of West Virginia, West Virginia Bowhunter’s Association, West Virginia Muzzleloader’s Association, West Virginia Physically Challenged Advisory Board and Toyota to recognize sportsmen and women who take an extraordinarily big antlered buck in West Virginia.

This past year, 292 hunters had their deer antlers scored at one of the six DNR district offices, field offices, or during the West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show in Charleston. Sixty-five (65) hunters qualified for the 2010 Big Buck Contest by entering their legally-harvested bucks into one of four categories (gun, muzzleloader, bow or crossbow). Contestants were required to meet certain conditions to participate: deer antlers needed to meet or exceed a minimum score established for the respective category, an Official Game Check Tag had to be presented, and a Fair Chase Statement had to be signed.

Eleven bucks killed by gun hunters scored above 140 points typical or 165 points non-typical. In the Typical Gun category, the winner was Jeffery Whitman from Hurricane, W.Va., with a 10-point buck killed in Ritchie County that scored 157 7/8. There were no entries this year in the Non-typical Gun category.

Muzzleloader hunters needed to score above 140 points typical or 165 points non-typical to win. There were no typical or non-typical bucks taken with the muzzleloader this year that met the minimum score.

Bowhunters killed 52 deer that scored above 125 points typical or 155 points non-typical. The winner of the Typical Bow category was Bucky Sargent of Blair, W.Va., with an 11-point buck from Logan County that scored 163 6/8. There was no non-typical buck taken with the bow this year that met the minimum score.

Two bucks killed by physically-challenged crossbow hunters scored above 125 points typical or 155 points non-typical. The Typical Crossbow category winner was Carl Pate of Williamstown, W.Va., with a 16-point Wood County buck that scored 149 3/8. The Non-typical Crossbow category winner was Joe DeBerry of Rockport, W.Va., who took a big 18-point buck in Wood County that scored 171 4/8.

The Boone and Crockett Club or Pope and Young Club rating systems are used to score bucks, depending upon the method of harvest. The Boone and Crockett Club guidelines are used to score deer harvested with a firearm, muzzleloader, or crossbow (used by physically-challenged hunters with a Class Y Permit). Certificates are presented for racks scoring at least 140 points typical or 165 points non-typical for firearms and muzzleloaders, and scoring at least 125 points typical or 155 points non-typical for crossbow. Deer harvested with a bow are measured according to Pope and Young Club standards, and they are recognized with a certificate for racks scoring at least 125 points typical or 155 points non-typical.

The winner in each category will receive a plaque during the 2011 National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration, held the last weekend of September at Stonewall Resort State Park. A list of bucks meeting the minimum qualifications will be posted on the DNR’s website: www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/BigBuckContest.shtm

The Big Buck Contest Committee thanks all the hunters who participated in this year’s contest.

Contact Information

Gene Thorn, Wildlife Resources Section