Hunting in West Virginia

Turkey hunting, Fayette County, Adventures on the Gorge
A trophy fan taken in southern West Virginia

A hunter's paradise unmatched in the eastern U.S., West Virginia was long a native hunting ground shared by many native Americans. Its mountains and valleys continue to attract  hundreds of thousands of hunters annually. According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources,  more than 350,000 hunters annually take to West Virginia woods, and the majority of West Virginia families have at least one member who hunts regularly.

Public Hunting Areas

Public hunting is accommodated in all or parts of most state forests and wildlife management areas in West Virginia. For information on regulations, please refer to each specific article. The sport is also permitted in parts of most national forest areas and in some national park areas.

Hunting Regulations

West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations are continually updated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. For official information on hunting in West Virginia, please refer to their site.

Further hunting information

Information on hunting, trapping, and related sports in West Virginia will be featured here and on our quarterly guide, West Virginia Hunter Magazine.

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West Virginia Hunting News

Charted and uncharted caverns descend for thousands of feet beneath the surface of West Virginia.

Dogs survive being trapped in West Virginia cavern with bear

A labyrinth of uncharted caverns extends for hundreds of feet beneath much of the scenic farmland in eastern West Virginia, and while some of...
Hunting is permitted in parts of the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. (Photo courtesy Julian Hanslmaier)

New River Gorge National Park implements new hunting regulations

Beginning January 1, 2022, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will implement changes authorized by the recent legislation that expanded the park and...
A hunter and his hound venture out on a misty morning hunt.

W.Va. reminds hunters and trappers of 2021 furbearer regulations

Furbearer hunting seasons are underway in West Virginia, with raccoon hunting continuing through Feb. 28, 2022, and the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources again...
A white-tailed deer walks gingerly through a snowy West Virginia woodland. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

Muzzleloader deer hunting season 2021 opens Dec. 13

West Virginia’s muzzleloader deer hunting season opens Dec. 13, and hunters who want to harvest an additional deer are reminded to buy appropriate hunting...
Deer hunting is an increasingly popular sport in West Virginia.

W.Va. releases 2021 mast survey and hunting outlook

Hunters getting ready for the fall hunting seasons can now review the 2021 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook publication available on the West Virginia Division...