SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - To commemorate a hunter's accomplishment in harvesting his or her first deer, the Division of Natural Resources has created an online First Deer Certificate to memorialize the special occasion, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of DNR.

The colorful certificate, which is suitable for framing, is a great way to mark this special deer hunting experience and provide the successful hunter with a permanent reminder of the memorable day.

The certificate is easy to complete and is designed to include the hunter's name and other important information. Hunters can even include a photo of themselves with their first deer. Because it's online, the certificate can be printed free at home. The First Deer Certificate can be found online on the DNR's website at   www.wvdnr.gov

"West Virginia is very fortunate to have a strong hunting heritage and the DNR is working hard to maintain this interest by providing parents with opportunities to take kids afield," said Taylor. "We're hoping parents take advantage of the special antlerless deer seasons and introduce their kids to the joys of hunting.

Although the certificate was developed primarily for our youth hunters, we also recognize that individuals can be introduced to hunting at any age. I would like to encourage anyone who takes his or her first deer this fall to print a certificate as a way to remember this special occasion."

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