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  • October 16, 2021 7:51 PM | Anonymous

    NCTC's Land Management would like your help volunteering for the Annual deer hunt.

    We need volunteers to assist in coordinating the hunters. For example, volunteers sign hunters in and ensure they know which hunting stand they've been assigned.

    Fall 2021 Dates that We Need Help With (all on Saturdays):

    • October 23 (5:30 a.m. to noon) - one person
    • October 23 (noon to 7:30 p.m.) - one person
    • October 30 (noon to 7:30 p.m.) - one person
    • November 13 (noon to 6:30 p.m.) - one person
    • November 27 (5:30 a.m. to noon) - two people
    • November 27 (noon to 6:30 p.m.) - two people
    • December 4 (noon to 6:30 p.m.) - one person
    • December 11 (noon to 6:30 p.m.) - two people
    • December 18 (noon to 6:30 p.m.) - one person

    *COVID precautions such as masks and distancing are required of staff and hunters. A limited number of people can be in the check station area at one time.*

    Individuals that are interested can email Phil Pannill at

    Thank you in advance; we appreciate your assistance!

  • August 16, 2021 6:53 PM | Anonymous

    Friends of NCTC Annual Meeting



    Wednesday, September 8 from 7:00-8:00 pm

    This will be via Zoom

    If you wish to attend, please email Ellen Andersen, the outgoing Board President, directly at

    She will send you an invite to your email address with the information to access the Zoom meeting

    Members, please attend the Friends of NCTC Annual Meeting to learn about our progress this past year and our plans for the upcoming year.

  • August 09, 2021 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends of NCTC,

    Preparations are underway for the nineteenth annual managed deer hunt at NCTC.  The first of these was held in 2003 after careful consideration and an environmental assessment, to deal with a burgeoning deer population. The hunting program here serves to help keep the population in balance with available habitat, resulting in healthier deer, reduced damage to native plants and the various types of wildlife that depend upon them, reduced risk of deer diseases and diseases that can spread to humans such as Lyme disease.  And, of course, there are the vehicle accidents. 

    You can find out about the hunt on our deer hunt website:

    If you, or hunters you know, might be interested, please check this out.  Applications must be submitted online by August 31.  

    We are once again looking for volunteers from Friends of NCTC to help run the hunt. Tasks include checking hunters in and out, weighing deer, providing direction, and answering questions. If you are an outdoors person, so much the better for helping with the field aspects. Look at the hunt dates - all are Saturdays - to see if some of them would work for you. More info on volunteering will be showing up in your inbox.

    Phil Pannill, Land Manager

    National Conservation Training Center

    Shepherdstown, WV  25443



    October 16 – Shotgun & Archery - (Buck or Antlerless) – Special Season October 23 – Shotgun & Archery - (Buck or Antlerless) – Special Season October 30 - Shotgun & Archery - (Buck or Antlerless) – Special Season November 13 – Archery only (Buck or Antlerless)

    November 27 - Shotgun & Archery (Buck or Antlerless)
    December 4 – Shotgun & Archery (Buck or Antlerless)
    December 11 – Shotgun (Antlerless) and Archery (Buck or Antlerless) December 18 - Muzzleloader and Archery (Buck or Antlerless)

    For applications, regulations and additional information please visit the NCTC website at , email, or call 304-876-7474. The hunt is open to all persons, including out-of-state hunters and hunters with disabilities. A West Virginia hunting license and a hunter safety certification are required prior to hunting. Applications must be received by August 31.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this activity for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to 304-876-7474, email , or TTY 800-877-8339 with your request by close of business August 31, 2021.

  • March 22, 2021 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    We at the Friends of the NCTC are pleased to announce the eagles have two new additions to their family. Click this link to see them at the NCTC Facebook page.

  • February 11, 2021 2:42 PM | Anonymous

     The first egg of the 2021 nesting season for the NCTC bald eagle pair was laid at 2:42 pm on February 11.
    This is about 6 days earlier than the first egg for 2020. We may see another egg coming in the next couple of days.
    Both adults will now incubate the egg/s for the next 35-38 days, until hatching in mid-March. Look for the female to use her beak and roll the egg every hour, or so, to ensure even heating of the egg. Thanks to Deb Stecyk and the Bald Eagles 101 group for monitoring the nest and spotting the first egg!

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