South Charleston, WV -(AmmoLand.com)- It’s easy to report hunting or fishing law violations in West Virginia, and those reports are helpful in protecting the state’s wildlife.
“Anyone who witnesses or is aware of hunting and fishing law violations can call the closest DNR district office, 911 or provide information on the DNR website,” said Col Jerry Jenkins, chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Section. “We are doing this to ensure a quicker response to the violations reported by the public.”
For non-emergency calls or questions, or to report questionable hunting or fishing activity, telephone calls should be made directly to the closest of six DNR district offices during working hours. Violations also may be reported on the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov/LEnforce/
For emergencies or to report game law violations in progress, calls should go to local 911 centers.
When calling, please provide the following information, if known, to a West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer:
- the nature of the violation;
- the location of the violation;
- the name and/or description of the violator;
- a description of any vehicle and license number or boat involved in the violation;
- any other important information which will assist in apprehending the violator.
Reminder: Hunters should get their permanent DNR ID number before the hunting seasons at wvhunt.com, a DNR office or at any license agent, so they will be ready to check in their harvest with the new electronic game checking system.
WVDNR Law Enforcement District Offices:
- District 1 – Farmington 304-825-6787 (Barbour, Brooke, Hancock, Harrison, Marshall, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor, Tucker and Wetzel counties)
- District 2 – Romney 304-822-3551 (Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties)
- District 3 – Elkins 304-637-0245 (Braxton, Clay, Lewis, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties)
- District 4 – Beckley 304-256-6945 (Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties)
- District 5 – Nitro 304-759-0703 (Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne counties)
- District 6 – Parkersburg 304-420-4550 (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Tyler, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties)
Related social media hashtag: #wvhunt
About the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources:
It is the statutory mission of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) to provide and administer a long-range comprehensive program for the exploration, conservation, development, protection, enjoyment and use of the natural resources of the State of West Virginia.
For more information, please visit www.WVDNR.gov.
About the West Virginia Natural Resources Police:
DNR Law Enforcement is the oldest statewide law enforcement agency, serving the citizens of West Virginia since February 1897. We have a staffing level of 123 Natural Resources Police Officers and 11 support personnel. Natural resource police officers are primarily responsible for the enforcement of the game and fish laws and rules. Officers in the section carry on a continuing program of Hunter Education and Boating Safety Education, as well as enforce laws relating to littering, forestry, state parks, environmental/solid waste, pleasure boating, and whitewater rafting. They also respond during times of emergency such as floods and other natural disasters, as well as assist the State Police during times of strife similar to the large coal strikes in past decades. Natural Resources Police Officers are the most visible of the division employees. A highly visible force of uniformed officers is a deterrent to violations of the natural resources laws.
For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/DNRpolice.