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State reminds hunters to buy stamps before archery season Saturday

A white-tailed buck peers out from behind a woodpile.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters who want a chance to take up to two additional deer during West Virginia’s statewide deer archery season have...

Early bear gun seasons launch in September in W.Va.

Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Early black bear gun hunting, with or without dogs, is available in four counties from September 3-11, 2022, and will open...

West Virginia updates regulations for coyote night hunting

Hunting coyotes at night in West Virginia requires written permission from the landowner and prior notification to the local Natural Resources Police
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The W.Va. Natural Resources Commission has approved updates to the regulations for coyote night hunting. Using any color artificial light or...

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,...

Applications available for controlled deer hunts at four state parks

Controlled hunts are scheduled for the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, North Bend, Pipestem, and Twin Falls.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is now accepting applications to participate in controlled autumn deer hunts at four...

Applications available for antlerless deer hunts in 2022

Hunters walk in the highlands in search of their quarry.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is now accepting applications to hunt in limited permit areas during the 2022 antlerless deer season. According to...

West Virginia hunters harvested 105,278 deer in 2021

A white-tailed buck deer waits in a West Virginia woodland.
Hunters harvested 105,278 white-tailed deer in 2021 during the recent buck firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, youth/Class Q/Class XS, and Mountaineer Heritage deer seasons. The...

Division of Natural Resources conducts study on hunting

West Virginia residents are eligible through December to register for the annual Hunting & Fishing License Giveaway.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is conducting a survey of state residents and their hunting participation and success rates for various species to...

W.Va. hunters harvested 2,756 black bears in 2021

Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.
West Virginia hunters harvested 2,756 black bears during the combined 2021 archery and firearms seasons, a 22 percent decrease compared to the 2020 harvest...

Dogs survive being trapped in West Virginia cavern with bear

Charted and uncharted caverns descend for thousands of feet beneath the surface of West Virginia.
A labyrinth of uncharted caverns extends for hundreds of feet beneath much of the scenic farmland in eastern West Virginia, and while some of...

New River Gorge National Park implements new hunting regulations

Hunting is permitted in parts of the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. (Photo courtesy Julian Hanslmaier)
Beginning January 1, 2022, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will implement changes authorized by the recent legislation that expanded the park and...

W.Va. reminds hunters and trappers of 2021 furbearer regulations

A hunter and his hound venture out on a misty morning hunt.
Furbearer hunting seasons are underway in West Virginia, with raccoon hunting continuing through Feb. 28, 2022, and the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources again...


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