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.
- State Forests
- National Parks & Forests
- Wildlife Management Areas
West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations are continually updated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. For official information 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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