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 hunter addresses his dogs during an autumn hunt. (Photo courtesy Seth Schulte)

Seasons set for dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, Virginia rails

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced 2021-'22 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, and Virginia rails....
Biologists have introduced two changes to 2021-'22 waterfowl regulations.

W.Va. DNR sets new waterfowl regulations for 2021-2022

Officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources have announced waterfowl regulations for the 2021-'22 season that include two changes over previous seasons. "First, the...
A hunter in West Virginia uses a turkey call to attract a spring gobbler.

Extended W.Va. spring gobbler season open until May 23

West Virginia's spring gobbler season is underway, and turkey hunters have even more opportunities to bag a bird this year. Mike Peters, wild turkey and...
Wild boar still range across isolated mountain hollows in Logan County.

Proceeds of wild boar hunt support elk restoration project

The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources has utilized proceeds from a February lottery wild boar hunt to purchase a UTV in support of the...
Two hunters await the opportunity to take a West Virginia spring gobbler.

Spring gobbler season expands from four to five weeks

Beginning this year, West Virginia’s statewide spring gobbler season will run for five weeks instead of four, according to Mike Peters, wild turkey project...