Urban Deer Management

The 2018-2019 Urban Deer hunt commences September 18, 2018 and continues through December 31, 2018. The season resumes January 14, 2019 and continues through January 31, 2019.

In accordance with City of Martinsburg Codified Ordinance Section 505.052 (4), the City Council of the City of Martinsburg has designated the seven (7) acres, more or less, adjacent to Oatesdale Park, further identified as Tax Map M 5, Parcel 70, as an Urban Deer Management Hunting Tract. Per City Code, hunters will be selected through lottery. Interested parties should apply for a permit to hunt in City limits in accordance with 505-053.  Applications will be taken until September 5, 2018.  Urban hunting is to be done via bow or crossbow only, and hunters must meet all State and Local qualifications.

Applications for Tract Registration and Hunter Permits are now being accepted.

There is no deadline for registering a tract, or applying for a license to hunt on property not owned by the City of Martinsburg.

Application to Designate an Urban Hunting Tract (no fee required)

Application to Renew Previously Designated Urban Hunting Tract (no fee required)

Application for Urban Deer Hunting License ($25 fee required)

2018 Urban Deer Management Harvest Report (must be submitted for each deer harvested, in addition to proper reporting to WVDNR)

Some quick facts about the ordinance:

  • Hunting will be for deer only.
  • Hunting will be by bow and arrow or crossbow only. All shots must be taken from a tree stand at least ten (10) feet from the ground and facing the interior of the property. Stands should be located in such a way to direct all arrow and bolts into the interior of the property.
  • All hunters shall be permitted by the City of Martinsburg Police Department and may hunt only on lands designated as urban hunting tracts, by the City of Martinsburg Police Department.
  • NO hunting shall take place within 150 feet of any structure or 500 feet from the property boundary of a parcel containing a school building, during periods when students are in attendance or participating in school activities.
  • Up to three property owners are able to combine properties to meet the five (5) acre contiguous acre requirement; however, one person must be designated as the signatory and City contact and once a property has been designated, it will remain so for the entire season.
  • Deer carcasses must be removed in their entirety, no offal or internal organs may be left on site.
  • Hunters may harvest seven deer (2 of which may be antlered) in an urban deer hunting season. While these deer must be reported as an urban deer harvest, they do not count toward the allowable limit set by WVDNR.

Ordinance 2017-13: Urban Deer Management

2018 Urban Deer Hunt Rules and Regulations, as Promulgated by the Chief of Police