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West Virginia Wildlife
McClintic Hunt
Patrick McMurtry Great Waterfowl Hunting In Mason County

October 9, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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This is a beautiful morning in Mason County West Virginia, and things couldn't get much better at McClintic Wildlife Management Area. Duck season just opened and just like they've done every year for a long time, the annual controlled hunt just got underway. Dave McClung, a biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains the controlled hunt format.

"The controlled hunt here at McClintic has been going for nearly 25 years and the word controlled means we are controlling the number of people that can show up and hunt. It's a lottery system where people apply, they are selected and get a letter telling them what dates of the season they can come. They come here between 5 and 6 and at 6 we have a drawing for the shooting station they will use that day."

For many, this is an annual tradition. For others, like these guys, this is their first time at McClintic. Some will use this as their introduction to hunting and Dave says that's perfect.

"Nobody else can come in on them, they won't be pressured by anybody else, it's a great place to bring first time hunters because there won't be infringement by other people, it's a great place to work your dog." says McClung.

And it's a great place to get some good duck hunting in. Good waterfowl habitat is kind of rare in the mountain state, and when hunters find out about a good spot, well, it can get crowded. Not here, not today.

"One reason we do it here is waterfowl habitat is kind of limited. An area like McClintic that has a lot of wetlands and ponds, it used to receive a lot of pressure and one reason we have a controlled hunt is to relieve some of the pressure." says McClung.

There is a limited time for the controlled hunt, for more information go to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website at www.wvdnr.gov.



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