Hunting in West Virginia

Turkey hunting, Fayette County, Adventures on the Gorge
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 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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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

A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.

Spring turkey harvest in West Virginia reaches 15-year high

Turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 12,274 gobblers in spring 2018 — a 15-year high and a six-percent increase over 2017, according to preliminary...
More than 20 calves could join the herd of elk being released in W.Va.

Fifty elk to be released “softly” into W.Va. in re-populaton effort

Fifty elk will be released "softly" into the mountains of southern West Virginia this summer in an effort to reestablish the animal in its...
Turkey hunting, Fayette County, Adventures on the Gorge

Governor signs bill to allow Sunday hunting on public lands in W.Va.

The West Virginia governor signed Senate Bill 451 Thursday to permit Sunday hunting on public lands following its overwhelming passage during the recent legislative...

Arizona elk to be released in Logan County, W.Va.

Fifty-one elk completed their journey from Arizona and were released into a holding facility in Logan County earlier this month, the W.Va. Division of...
A black bear hides in a thicket in rural West Virginia

DNR reports second highest bear kill in W.Va. history

Hunters in West Virginia harvested 3,160 black bears during the combined 2017 archery and firearms seasons, which is the second highest recorded bear kill...

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