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W.Va. releases 2021 mast survey and hunting outlook

Deer hunting is an increasingly popular sport in West Virginia.
Hunters getting ready for the fall hunting seasons can now review the 2021 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook publication available on the West Virginia Division...

Seasons set for dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, Virginia rails

A hunter addresses his dogs during an autumn hunt. (Photo courtesy Seth Schulte)
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced 2021-'22 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, and Virginia rails....

W.Va. DNR sets new waterfowl regulations for 2021-2022

Biologists have introduced two changes to 2021-'22 waterfowl regulations.
Officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources have announced waterfowl regulations for the 2021-'22 season that include two changes over previous seasons. "First, the...

Extended W.Va. spring gobbler season open until May 23

A hunter in West Virginia uses a turkey call to attract a spring gobbler.
West Virginia's spring gobbler season is underway, and turkey hunters have even more opportunities to bag a bird this year. Mike Peters, wild turkey and...

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...

Spring gobbler season expands from four to five weeks

Two hunters await the opportunity to take a West Virginia spring gobbler.
Beginning this year, West Virginia’s statewide spring gobbler season will run for five weeks instead of four, according to Mike Peters, wild turkey project...

Larry Oakley tells the tale of an old West Virginia hunter

A white-tailed buck deer waits in a West Virginia woodland.
Waiting quietly alone in the dark woods, the approach of dawn can seem like an eternity. It can feel like time is standing still—holding...

2020 "good year for deer hunting," says DNR biologist

Deer hunting is an increasingly popular sport in West Virginia.
Hunters in West Virginia harvested 38,776 antlered deer during its two-week buck firearms season in 2020, according to preliminary data collected through the electronic...

Special antlerless deer and new bear seasons open Oct. 17

A young hunter aims from behind a blind in West Virginia.
Youth, senior, and Class Q/QQ hunters in West Virginia will be able to participate in a special hunting season for antlerless deer and a...

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...

W.Va. DNR shares tips for introducing children to archery

A West Virginia youth practices target shooting with bow and arrow. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
Families looking for an alternative for school-based sports or a new outdoor activity their children have plenty of options in West Virginia, thanks to...

Applications ready for waterfowl hunt at legendary McClintic WMA

A mallard lands on a waterway in West Virginia.
Hunters who wish to participate in a controlled waterfowl hunt at the McClintic Wildlife Management Area in Mason County have until midnight on August...


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