Conservation and Trapping Science

December DNR giveaway open to Trappers
Dec 13, 2021 11:54 ET

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ third annual Hunting and Fishing License Giveaway is officially open.

Anyone who purchases an annual 2022 hunting, trapping, or fishing license in the month of December will automatically be entered to win one of several prizes, including the grand prize of a combination hunting, trapping and fishing lifetime license for a state resident.

Other prizes include $200 West Virginia State Parks gift cards, Pipestem Resort State Park zipline tour tickets with a three night lodge stay, two-night cabin stays at State Parks, and gift bags with exclusive merchandise.

The prize drawing is sponsored by the DNR and the West Virginia Department of Tourism and winners will be announced in January.

“It’s always an honor to share the great things our DNR does for those who love hunting and fishing in Almost Heaven West Virginia,” Gov. Jim Justice said.

“This license giveaway is an especially exciting opportunity and I absolutely encourage all West Virginians and visitors to our beautiful state to get their licenses early so they’ll be entered to win some great prizes.”

Eligible resident license purchases are the Class A, Class B, Class AH, Class X, Class XP, Class X3, Class XP3, Class XJ, and Class AHJ. Eligible nonresident license purchases are the Class E, Class EE, Class AAH, Class XXJ, Class AAHJ. Licenses can be purchased through the DNR’s electronic licensing system at or at authorized license agents throughout the state.

Annual licenses can also be purchased as gifts by calling the DNR licensing team at 304-558-2758. If the recipient has previously held a license, only the recipient’s name and date of birth will need to be provided.

“The Hunting and Fishing License Giveaway has been a success for years now and this year we are thrilled to expand the giveaway to include nonresident entries as well,” said Stephen McDaniel, DNR director.

“We appreciate the governor’s support of efforts like this one that promote outdoor recreation and encourage more and more people to take up hunting and fishing in West Virginia.”

For more information about the annual giveaway, including official rules and prize descriptions, visit

The DNR also reminds hunters and anglers to follow all hunting, fishing, and trapping regulations and to always practice safety when engaging in outdoor activities.

Additionally, hunters are reminded that the Big Buck Photo Contest is open to submissions until Dec. 27.

To enter the contest, take a photo of yourself with the buck you harvested during a 2021 hunting season, write a short account of your hunt and upload the photo to the Big Buck Photo Contest entry form online at

A valid 2021 West Virginia hunting license and 13-digit DNR-issued game check number are also required to participate in the photo contest.

The contest is open both to West Virginia residents and nonresidents and includes two divisions: a Youth Division for hunters 17 and younger and an Adult Division for hunters 18 and older.

In the Youth Division, five winners will select prizes from a choice of a free lifetime West Virginia hunting license (must be a state resident), a $250 Bass Pro Shops gift card, or a $250 Cabela’s gift card.

In the Adult Division, prize choices for the five winners will include a free lifetime West Virginia hunting license (must be a state resident), a $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card, a $500 Cabela’s gift card, a two-night stay in a Cabwaylingo State Forest cabin, or a two-night stay in a Seneca State Forest cabin.

After Dec. 27, a random drawing from all eligible entries will select 20 finalist entries from the Youth Division and 20 finalist entries from the Adult Division. These finalist entries will then be presented to a judging committee made up of Gov. Jim Justice and DNR Director McDaniel (or their designated representatives), who will evaluate each entry based on photo composition, size of antlers, number of antler points, and quality of narrative describing the hunt and determine the winning entries.

Winners will be announced in January.