Deer, Bear and Boar Archery Seasons Open October 16

Send by email Printer-friendly version Share this

The 2004 West Virginia big game archery seasons open on Saturday, October 16, 2004 offering some of the best deer and bear hunting opportunities in the eastern United States, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section. Approximately 150,000 bowhunters will take to the woods and fields of West Virginia in pursuit of their favorite big game quarry this fall.

The statewide deer archery season opens on Saturday, October 16 and runs through December 31. The deer archery harvest is expected to be similar to the 2003 harvest when 29,790 deer were harvested by bowhunters. Bowhunters are reminded that they have until October 15 to purchase their additional deer archery licenses (Class RB and RRB). Also, bowhunters should note that in 2004, archery hunters in counties not open to firearms deer hunting may take two deer on Class RB or RRB licenses (one per license and one must be antlerless) provided that the first archery deer harvested was taken in a county open to firearms deer hunting.

The bear archery season opens on October 16 and runs through November 20, and is open statewide with the exception of the Cranberry Closed Area as shown in the 2004-2005 hunting regulations. During 2003, a total of 772 bears were harvested by bowhunters. The bear population in West Virginia continues to increase and expand in range, and as a result bowhunters are experiencing increased hunting opportunities for bears outside of the “traditional” mountain counties.

Wild boar archery season opens October 16 and continues through December 31. Hunters are reminded that the wild boar population remains low, as is reflected in the 2003 archery boar harvest of two boar harvested in the state. Hunters are reminded that they may take only one wild boar per year and that the season is only open in Boone, Logan, Raleigh, and Wyoming counties.