CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) —
The expression “information at the
touch of a button” could have been
coined for the newest feature on
the Division of Natural Resources’
It’s an interactive (online) hunting
and fishing map. With it,
hunters and anglers can find public
hunting land, sections of streams
where trout are stocked, gamechecking
stations, public shooting
ranges, handicap-access vehicle
trails and dozens of other little
“This lets people know where
things are,” said Curtis Taylor,
chief of the DNR’s Wildlife
Resources Section. “Right now in
the state, you could go up to someone
and ask where to find a certain
wildlife management area or the
nearest game-checking station,
and chances are the person you
ask won’t have a clue. With this,
people should be able to find
The new map makes use of the
Geographic Information System,
which takes computerized information
about locations on the ground
and puts that information on maps.
The new map, for example, starts
off looking like a low-resolution
topographic overview of the mid-
Atlantic region. A zoom feature
allows the user to home in on the
state, and then on specific counties
or areas. The farther the user
zooms in, the higher the resolution
When the zoom reaches a certain
level, the screen transforms into a
functional topographic map, complete
with contour lines and shaded
topography, giving the user insight
into the lay of the land.
But that’s not all.
As local features pop up, so do
symbols for boat-launching ramps,
shooting ranges, hunting- and fishing-
license agents, game-checking
stations, trails, camping areas and
other amenities. Clicking on the
symbols opens hidden information
boxes. For example, clicking on a
symbol for a game-checking station
reveals the station’s name, its location
and its phone number.
Clicking on a wildlife management
area reveals its acreage, the
animal species available for hunting
and trapping, and any amenities
it might offer.
Clicking on the highlighted area
of a trout stream reveals the length
of the stocked section, how often it
is stocked, and lists any special
regulations that might be in effect.
Clicking on a fishing-access symbol
tells whether it’s a pier or a ramp,
and tells whether the ramp is
paved or unpaved.
“And one of the great things
about the map is that you don’t
have to back out of it in order to
switch from the hunting part to the
fishing part,” DNR spokesman Art
Shomo said. “All you have to do is
click on the ‘fishing’ or ‘hunting’ tab
at the top of the page, and you get
switched to the other map at the
same level of resolution.”
Programmers at West Virginia
University’s GIS Technical Center
helped to integrate the accumulated
information into a coherent final
“The maps work best when users
have high-speed Internet connections,”
“With all the detail we have on
the maps, it can take a while for the
screens to rewrite themselves. It’s
also not very friendly for people
who use mobile devices, and that’s
something we need to work on.”
Taylor said he looks forward to
the day when mobile-device users
can access the site as easily as
“We want this thing to be as userfriendly
as possible,” he said. “We
want people, no matter where they
are around the country, to be able
to go to these maps and say, ‘Wow,
look at all the hunting and fishing
that’s available in West Virginia. We
need to go there.”’
The maps can be accessed at the
DNR website, www.wvdnr.gov, by
clicking on the highlighted “Hunting
Map” link in the Hunting section,
or the “Fishing
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Bad catfish should be eaten
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• Summary of the 2014 Sectional Meetings – Sportsmen and Landowners Questionnaire.
• Approve 2014 - 2015 Big Game Hunting Regula- tions.
W.Va. cautions about eating certain fish
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U.S. Army Corps campgrounds open
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Fishing rodeo slated
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Register at canderson@dnr. state.md.us or call 301-722-1480.
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