The first day of a three-day special antlerless deer-hunting season has been set for Oct. 20, and the second and third day for Dec. 26 and 27, according to officials with the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources.
Designed to allow for low-pressure hunting, only youth hunters, seniors with Class XS licenses, and persons holding Class Q/QQ permits will be permitted to participate and only in counties that allow for a firearms deer-hunting season.
All hunters , as well as accompanying adults, must also wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange.
Tyler Evans, a wildlife biologist with the division, said the special season is ideal for youth and seniors.
"This special, split antlerless season provides an excellent opportunity for parents and other mentoring adults to pass on the safe habits and traditions of hunting to youth hunters," Evans said.
"This season also provides an excellent opportunity for seniors and other eligible hunters to take to the woods at a time when there is not as much hunting pressure."
Youth hunters 8 to 17 years old may participate, though hunters 8-14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult who may not hunt or possess implements for the taking of wildlife. Hunters ages 15-17 must comply with all licensing requirements.
Senior hunters who have a Class XS lifetime hunting-trapping-fishing license may also participate.
Non-resident youth hunters must be properly licensed with a Class DT license, a Class XXJ license and CS/LE stamp, or a Class AAHJ license and CS/LEsStamp, or Class DT license, and all accompanying non-resident adults must also be properly licensed with a Class E license and CS/LE stamp.
The daily bag limit for the special season is one antlerless deer per day, and a total of three antlerless deer may be harvested during the season.
The deer will not count toward a hunter's annual deer season bag limit and Class N/NN stamps are not required for the special season.
Each deer taken must be field-tagged and electronically registered within 24 hours of the close of each segment of the split season and before the pursuit of any additional deer.
Deer may be checked online at wvhunt.com, by calling 1-844-WVCHECK or by visiting a license agent.
Please refer to the 2018-2019 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for additional details.
Hunters may also direct their questions to any of the six division district offices across the state.