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West Virginia deer seasons harvest increases 12.7 percent

A buck peers out from behind a shock of grass in a West Virginia countryside.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Deer hunters in West Virginia have had a very good year, according to officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural...

River-loving hippies established New River Gorge adventure resort

Paul Breuer guides a whitewater raft through the New River Gorge
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va.—One of the world's first and largest outdoor-adventure resorts, Adventures on the Gorge can trace its roots back 50 years to the earliest...

W.Va. reminds hunters, trappers about furbearer season end

A beaver gnaws at woody debris in a West Virginia stream.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources are reminding hunters and trappers that West Virginia's 2023 furbearer trapping and...

Hunters harvest fewer black bears in West Virginia in 2022

A black bear ambles through a meadow in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters harvested 1,727 black bears during the combined archery, crossbow, and firearms seasons in West Virginia in 2022, according to the...

W.Va. Hunting and Fishing Show returns Jan. 20–22

A show sponsor measures a deer rack at the W.Va. Hunting and Fishing Show. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters and anglers who attend the West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show are sure to notice a change when the...

Mountaineer Heritage hunting season in W.Va. returns Jan. 12

A white-tail buck peers out from a thicket in a West Virginia woodland.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s four-day Mountaineer Heritage season for hunting deer, bear, and turkey is set to open on Jan. 12, 2023,...

W.Va. announces return of trout stockings, new fishing regulations

An angler casts into a trout stream. Trout fishing is perennially popular across West Virginia.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.—West Virginia has announced the publication of updated 2023-2024 fishing regulations and the return of trout stockings to lakes and streams around...

Trails are vital to economic development in West Virginia

Gary Morefield at Ship Rock, Beckley, West Virginia, Raleigh County, New River Gorge Region
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Trail building has proven a vital economic development tool in the U.S. In West Virginia, where outdoor recreation has come to...

Deer season for youth, senior, class Q/QQ hunters opens Dec. 26

Deer hunting is a tradition in West Virginia passed down through generations.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The final segment of West Virginia’s special antlerless deer hunting season for youth and senior hunters and Class Q/QQ permit...

W.Va. buck firearms season harvest up 18 percent in 2022

Hunters harvested 49,662 bucks during the state’s two week buck firearms season.
The buck firearms season harvest in West Virginia was up 18 percent in 2022 compared to 2021, thanks to the weather and food availability,...

2022 fall turkey harvest increased by almost 46 percent

A wild tom turkey appears on the edge of a field in West Virginia.
FARMINGTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s 2022 fall turkey harvest increased by almost 46 percent over last year’s harvest, according to preliminary results released by...

Muzzleloader deer hunting season 2022 opens Dec. 12

A white-tailed deer walks gingerly through a snowy West Virginia woodland. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
West Virginia’s 2022 muzzleloader deer-hunting season will be open Dec. 12-18, and hunters who want to harvest an additional deer are reminded to buy...


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