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West Virginia Wildlife
Wildlife Map
Patrick McMurtry A New Tool For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

February 19, 2014
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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Most of us know how to read a map, and everyone knows how to go online. Now the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has combined those two tools to come up with something truly innovative, and amazingly useful. Check out their new interactive map. Art Shomo with the division explains how this map evolved.

"For many years, we've had an interactive trout map so you can see where the trout streams are being stocked. As technology improved, that faded out and wasn't useful anymore, so we developed a new tool that's good for any type of recreation." says Shomo.

This really is a cool map. Go to the WV DNR website and click on this icon and you're on your way to finding out nearly anything you need to know about wildlife opportunities in the state.

"It's covers trout fishing, warm water fishing, hunting, it shows the hiking trails all over the state. If you want to canoe a section of water, it shows you that. It's good for any type of recreation, it's a great planning tool." says Shomo.

The site is really versatile, and in fact, there's so much to do we can't show you all of it...you'll have to check it out for yourself. But we can focus on one area most of us will use, and use often, hunting.

"You can click on it and if you want hunting or fishing information you click on the map. It shows you where the licensing agent is, it shows you where the location is, gives you phone numbers. It shows all the check stations, all the shooting ranges.
If you come to a wildlife management area you can click on that dot and it has an icon for animals you can hunt, camp grounds, shooting ranges." says Shomo.

You can get that kind of detailed information about a lot of different areas, so give it a whirl the next time you're planning to do anything outdoors.



LEARN MORE at the W. Va. DNR


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