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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.

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...

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...

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