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Welcome to the Hunting News Directory at West Virginia Explorer. Be sure to visit our Hunting Travel Guide for more information about hunting and hunting areas in West Virginia.

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...

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,...

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...

W.Va. hunters, anglers again eligible for lifetime licenses

Hunters and anglers who purchase an annual 2023 hunting, trapping or fishing license in December will be eligible.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resource’s lifetime license giveaway is back for...

December deer, bear hunting seasons in W.Va. to begin

Hunters are reminded to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange when hunting.
SUTTON, W.Va. — Beginning this week, hunters will have several opportunities to target deer and bear in December 2022. The next segments of West...

Hunters in Barbour, Jackson, Mason, Upshur must bring deer to stations

A hunter wanders out into fields in West Virginia.
FARMINGTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding hunters that they must bring deer harvested in Barbour, Jackson, Mason, and...

W.Va. hunters must buy stamps for buck firearms season by Sunday

A white-tailed deer peers out from behind a red oak.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s two-week buck firearms season will open Nov. 21, 2022, and hunters who want a chance to harvest an...

West Virginia bear firearms season to open Nov. 21

A black bear pauses to investigate a photographer in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The next segment of West Virginia’s 2022 firearms season for hunting black bears opens Nov. 21 in 36 counties and parts...

Autumn 2022 wild boar firearms season to open Oct. 22

Wild boar still range across isolated mountain hollows in Logan County.
The first segment of West Virginia’s wild boar firearms season will take place from Oct. 22-29 in Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties, according...


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