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

Two-day hunter education courses are being taught by DNR law enforcement officers.

Hunter education classes prepare hunters for upcoming seasons

When it comes to participating in West Virginia's many hunting seasons, there's a lot to remember. But new hunters don't have to learn everything on...
White-tailed deer in West Virginia.

West Virginia deer harvest down nine percent in 2019-20

Preliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 99,437 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2019-20 seasons, according to the state Division of Natural Resources. The harvest...
a black bear wanders a spruce forest in West Virginia.

Bear harvest in West Virginia up 19 percent in 2019

Hunters harvested 3,099 black bears during the combined archery and firearms seasons in West Virginia in 2019—the third-highest harvest ever recorded in the Mountain...
Young hunters in West Virginia learn early, says a Canadian writer.

Canadian writer says West Virginia hunting traditions are unique

No other U.S. state may be as strongly associated with hunting as West Virginia, says a Canadian writer who's fallen in love with the...
White-tailed deer in West Virginia.

Harvest down during two-week buck firearms season

Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates hunters in West Virginia harvested 36,796 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season,...

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