Archery seasons for bear, boar, and deer open Sept. 24

Archery seasons for bear, boar, and deer open Sept. 24
Archery and crossbow hunting continue to be popular in West Virginia. (Photo: W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The reminds hunters to prepare for the state’s archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bears, and wild boars.


The popular seasons will open on Sept. 24 and run through Dec. 31. Hunters are also reminded to purchase their license and stamps at before the season starts.

Deer Archery

Hunters may take up to two deer in one day during the archery or crossbow seasons, but only one antlered deer may be taken on the same day during any season. The first deer does not have to be electronically checked before harvesting the second deer on the same day.

Hunters who wish to harvest additional deer during the archery or crossbow seasons must purchase a Class RB or RRB stamp before Sept. 24. One or two additional archery or crossbow deer, depending on the county, may be taken with an archery deer stamp for a total of one deer per stamp. West Virginia residents and senior hunters must buy a Class RB stamp to take additional archery or crossbow deer. Still, West Virginia resident landowners hunting on their property and Class DT license holders are not required to purchase additional archery stamps.


Hunters are reminded that Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming counties are under special regulations. Only two archery deer may be taken in these counties, one of which must be antlerless. In 10 additional counties or portions thereof, hunters must take an antlerless deer in any regular deer season before harvesting a second antlered deer in that county.

Bear Archery

Two bears may be taken annually, provided at least one is taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh, or Wyoming counties. The daily bag limit for bears is one per day.

Resident bear hunters are required to purchase a base license and a bear damage stamp (Class DS) to hunt bears unless otherwise exempt from having a license. Nonresident bear hunters must purchase a bear hunting license (Class EE), a conservation/law enforcement stamp (CS/LE), and a Class DS stamp. Nonresidents hunting on national forest land must also purchase a National Forest stamp (Class I).

Wild Boar Archery

The wild boar archery and crossbow seasons are open only in Boone, Logan, Raleigh, and Wyoming counties to resident hunters. The season bag limit is one wild boar, and no application is required. A second split of the wild boar archery and crossbow seasons will open Feb. 3-5, 2023. To hunt in the February wild boar season, hunters will need a 2023 hunting license when they become available to purchase.


For more information on hunting regulations, hunters should consult the 2019-2020 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary available at DNR offices, license agents, or on the WVDNR website at .

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