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

A West Virginia youth practices target shooting with bow and arrow. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

W.Va. DNR shares tips for introducing children to archery

Families looking for an alternative for school-based sports or a new outdoor activity their children have plenty of options in West Virginia, thanks to...
A mallard lands on a waterway in West Virginia.

Applications ready for waterfowl hunt at legendary McClintic WMA

Hunters who wish to participate in a controlled waterfowl hunt at the McClintic Wildlife Management Area in Mason County have until midnight on August...
Controlled hunts are scheduled for the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, North Bend, Pipestem, and Twin Falls.

Applications available for controlled deer hunts at six state parks

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications from hunters to participate in controlled hunts for whitetail deer at six state parks. Controlled...
Dear are exceeding manageable goals in several areas of West Virginia.

Applications available for W.Va. 2020 Limited Antlerless Hunt

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications for its 2020 Limited Antlerless Hunt, which will be permitted in areas where division...
Spring gobbler season in West Virginia is anticipated to be especially productive.

Biologists anticipate increased turkey harvest opportunity

Turkey hunters in West Virginia can anticipate increased harvest opportunities during the 2020 spring gobbler season, which is scheduled to open Monday, April 20,...

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