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Debate Over ATV Access to West Virginia Wildlife Areas

The Big Game Hunting Association of West Virginia seeks to change current state rules regarding the use of all-terrain vehicles in West Virginia’s Wildlife Management Areas, claiming it excludes some hunters, according to MetroNews.

ATV driving on these lands is currently allowed for hunters who cannot walk more than 200 feet. The proposed change would also allow those with other health concerns to ride into their stand, according to MetroNews.

Local opponents of the proposal cite concerns that broadening ATV access would lead to people cruising around, damaging the land and disturbing hunters and the newly reintroduced elk population.

— Hannah Gillespie