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

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Applications for 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas will be accepted until Aug. 14.

Applications available for antlerless deer limited-permit areas

Applications for the 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online and will be accepted until midnight Aug. 14, according to...
A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.

West Virginia spring turkey harvest declined in 2019

Preliminary data indicates spring turkey hunters harvested 11,210 gobblers in 2019, according to Mike Peters, Game Bird and Small Game Project Leader for the...
A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.

West Virginia’s 2019 spring gobbler season opens April 15

West Virginia’s 2019 four-week spring gobbler season opens Monday, April 15, and runs through May 11. Hunters can harvest one bearded bird per day...
A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.

W.Va. to host statewide public hunting, fishing meetings

The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings across the state on proposed hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations March 11-12 from...
Young hunter in the field in West Virginia

Natural Resources Commission to meet Feb. 24

The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will conduct its quarterly meeting Sunday, Feb. 24, at the DNR Headquarters at 324 4th Avenue in South...

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