Hunting in West Virginia

A trophy fan taken in southern West Virginia

A hunter's paradise unmatched in the eastern U.S., West Virginia was long a native hunting ground shared by many native Americans. Its mountains and valleys continue to attract  hundreds of thousands of hunters annually. According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources,  more than 350,000 hunters annually take to West Virginia woods, and the majority of West Virginia families have at least one member who hunts regularly.

Public Hunting Areas

Public hunting is accommodated in all or parts of most state forests and wildlife management areas in West Virginia. For information on regulations, please refer to each specific article. The sport is also permitted in parts of most national forest areas and in some national park areas.

Hunting Regulations

West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations are continually updated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. For on hunting in West Virginia, please refer to their site.

Further hunting information

Information on hunting, trapping, and related sports in West Virginia will be featured here and on our quarterly guide, West Virginia Hunter Magazine.

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Hunting is one of the most popular forms of recreation accommodated in West Virginia, and it's hard to keep up with the constant change. If you’ve noted inaccuracies in our content or would like to contribute as a correspondent, please contact a member of our editorial staff.

West Virginia Hunting News

Wild boar still range across isolated mountain hollows in Logan County.

W.Va. announces lottery for boar hunting on private land

Hunters in West Virginia will soon be able to enter a lottery to hunt on designated private lands owned by W.Va. Natural Resource Partners...
A white-tailed buck deer waits in a West Virginia woodland.

Larry Oakley tells the tale of an old West Virginia hunter

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...
Deer hunting is an increasingly popular sport in West Virginia.

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

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...
A young hunter aims from behind a blind in West Virginia.

Special antlerless deer and new bear seasons open Oct. 17

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...
Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.

Early bear gun seasons launch in 16 W.Va. counties

Early black bear gun hunting, with or without dogs, is available in all or parts of 16 counties until Sept. 25 and will open...

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