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

Archery and crossbow hunting continue to be popular in West Virginia.

Archery seasons for bear, boar, and deer open Sept. 28

West Virginia's archery and crossbow seasons for bear, boar, and white-tailed deer opens Saturday, Sept. 28, amid sustained strong interest in the sport, according...
A black bear pauses in a West Virginia glade.

Growing bear population prompts early hunt in W.Va.

An early black bear gun season, with or without hunting dogs, will run from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15 in all of Logan, McDowell,...
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Applications for 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas will be accepted until Aug. 14.

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease diagnosed in West Virginia deer

West Virginia is experiencing an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in the state’s white-tailed deer herd, according to the Wildlife Resources Section of the...
The Byrd Telescope glows red in the darkness at Green Bank.

Lottery will permit rare deer harvest at W.Va. observatory

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced a special West Virginia resident-only controlled deer hunt at the observatory reserve...
The Big Buck display attracts visitors during the annual West Virginia celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

W.Va. DNR seeks big bucks and trophy fish for displays

ROANOKE, W.Va.—The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking hunters and anglers to enter showcase pieces for the big buck and trophy fish...

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