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Special urban deer archery season opens Sept. 5

Archery provides a safe alternative to fire arms in urban settings.
The opening of West Virginia's archery and crossbow deer season is still a few weeks away, but hunters can get in the woods as...

Proceeds of wild boar hunt support elk restoration project

Wild boar still range across isolated mountain hollows in Logan County.
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources has utilized proceeds from a February lottery wild boar hunt to purchase a UTV in support of the...

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...

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...

Buck, bear hunting seasons in W.Va. to run concurrently

A black bear inspects a beech forest in West Virginia.
Deer hunters in West Virginia are being reminded that a concurrent bear season (without dogs) will run from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7, 2019,...

State to poll residents regarding black bears in W.Va.

A black bear hides in a thicket in rural West Virginia
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is conducting a study of state residents’ opinions on and attitudes toward black bears and black bear...

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,...

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...

W.Va. asks hunters to review new 2023-'24 hunting, trapping laws

A hunter addresses his dogs during an autumn hunt. (Photo courtesy Seth Schulte)
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Officials at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are reminding hunters to review several essential changes to hunting seasons...

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease diagnosed in West Virginia deer

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Applications for 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas will be accepted until Aug. 14.
West Virginia is experiencing an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in the state’s white-tailed deer herd, according to the Wildlife Resources Section of the...

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

Archery and crossbow hunting continue to be popular in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds hunters to prepare for the state’s archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer,...

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...


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