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Applications available for limited-permit area antlerless deer hunts

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Applications to hunt in 12 limited-permit areas in West Virginia during the 2023 antlerless deer season are now available, according...

Mourning dove hunt applications available for South Branch

OLD FIELDS, W.Va. — Applications for a controlled mourning dove hunt at the South Branch Wildlife Management Area in Hardy County in the eastern...

Gov. announces 2022 W.Va. Big Buck Photo Contest winners

Winners of the 2022 W.Va. Big Buck Photo Contest were announced today by the Governor.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice today announced the winners of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources second annual Big Buck Photo Contest....

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...

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...

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...


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