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.

 Permit Applications Available for Special Deer Hunt from National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va.

GREEN BANK, W.Va. - The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, W.Va, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).

Submitting an application enters the hunter in a drawing for a maximum of two (2) days on the NRAO site. Applications for the drawing must be received by NRAO on or before August 2, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and issued a special NRAO letter of authorization to deer hunt. Only hunters who have made application and have received a letter for a particular day or days can hunt. “Walk-ons” will not be permitted to hunt.

The controlled hunts, held for two days, October 18 and 19, 2013, under the auspices of the WVDNR, will take place on four delineated areas ranging in size from 132 acres to 1,000 acres. Each area is designated: BOW ONLY; or MUZZLELOADER & SHOTGUN WITH SLUGS; or MUZZLELOADER ONLY. On the application form, applicants must choose a bow or the type of firearm they wish to use.

The maximum bag limit during the NRAO hunt is two antlerless deer (one per day), except that an on-site lottery will be held each day of the hunt which will allow five hunters to hunt an either-sex deer. These are BONUS deer and do not count toward the hunters annual licensed deer bag limit. However, participating hunters must possess an appropriate base West Virginia hunting license (A, AH, AHJ, X, XJ, Lifetime) or be exempt from having to purchase a license. All deer harvested must be checked at the official game checking station located on the NRAO site.

Due to the nature of the work at the Observatory, gasoline-powered vehicles are strictly controlled on the site. Hunters may park only in designated parking areas, and all vehicles will be issued a “pass” for display on the windshield. Transportation from hunter check-in to some hunt areas is provided by the NRAO. For purposes of safety and biological study of harvested deer, all hunters must pass through the check-in station each morning before the day’s hunt. At the end of the day’s hunt, all hunters must exit through the check-out station.

Applications may be picked up at any WVDNR district office or may be requested by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at P.O. Box 2, Green Bank, W.Va. 24944, Attention: Hunt Coordinator. Applications are also available through email by requesting to dwirt@nrao.edu. An application and detailed instructions and regulations will be provided to each applicant. For information, call 304-456-2011 or 304-924-6211.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief