NCTC Deer Hunt

Deer behind speed limit sign

NCTC is now accepting applications for persons to hunt deer on the property. This fall season will mark the thirteenth year this managed hunt has been held. In order to control the deer population on campus the use of archery, muzzleloader rifles, and shotguns with single slugs will again be allowed during the appropriate seasons. 

NCTC has been allowed a Special Hunt during October, which allows hunters to take two deer using either shotgun or archery that will not require a stamp or be counted toward the hunter’s season bag limit.  The antlerless-only hunt on October 17 will emphasize Youth hunters, though any stands not filled by Youth will be available to other hunters.  Spots for the hunt on October 31 will be open to all hunters, and that shotgun-only hunt will be for either sex deer.  Hunters may now use crossbows during archery season.

Hunters are randomly selected from those who apply for a given date and are assigned to a certain location from which to hunt. Hunters may apply for multiple dates.

There is an online orientation and application process, though a hard-copy version is available. The use of lead-free ammunition will be continued. This prevents lead poisoning of birds and animals that might ingest lead particles or fragments from deer entrails or carcasses.

This managed hunt is open both to West Virginia residents and out-of state applicants. Before hunting each hunter must be licensed in West Virginia and have received a hunter safety education certification. Hunters with disabilities are welcome to participate, and accommodations will be made as needed.