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

A white-tailed buck deer waits in a West Virginia woodland.

West Virginia hunters harvested 105,278 deer in 2021

Hunters harvested 105,278 white-tailed deer in 2021 during the recent buck firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, youth/Class Q/Class XS, and Mountaineer Heritage deer seasons. The...
West Virginia residents are eligible through December to register for the annual Hunting & Fishing License Giveaway.

Division of Natural Resources conducts study on hunting

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is conducting a survey of state residents and their hunting participation and success rates for various species to...
Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.

W.Va. hunters harvested 2,756 black bears in 2021

West Virginia hunters harvested 2,756 black bears during the combined 2021 archery and firearms seasons, a 22 percent decrease compared to the 2020 harvest...
Wild boar still range across isolated mountain hollows in Logan County.

2022 wild boar firearms season in West Virginia opens Feb. 4

West Virginia's resident-only wild boar firearms season will be open in Boone, Logan, Raleigh, and Wyoming counties in southern West Virginia Feb. 4-6, 2022,...
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...