West Virginia Hunting News

West Virginia’s Small Game Seasons Open
Hunting for small game in West Virginia will begin October 7th with the opening of squirrel season. "Squirrel hunting is very popular with many West Virginia sportsmen. It is a time when hunters can participate in one of their favorite sports and also enjoy the fall beauty of the Mountain State," said Curt is Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section.
West Virginia's Big Buck Contest Begins
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the West Virginia Izaak Walton League and the West Virginia Bowhunters Association are again sponsoring the Big Buck Contest for deer taken between October 14 and December 31, 2006.
Apply for Special Class Antlerless Deer Hunts in West Virginia
Hunters are reminded they must apply prior to August 18th for a permit to hunt during the Special Class N/NN Antlerless Deer Season on October 27-28, 2006 in Hampshire County, West Virginia.
Applications Available for the 2006 Special Deer Hunt
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident only controlled 2006 deer hunt at the NRAO site.
2006 Spring Gobbler Harvest Reported
Hunters in West Virginia harvested 11,869 turkeys during the 2006 spring gobbler season, according to Curt is I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Preliminary harvest figures indicate that the turkey kill was about 1,000 birds, or 8.3 percent, higher than last year's kill of 10,957 birds.
Four Additional Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
Preliminary testing has detected the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) agent in four more free-ranging white-tailed deer recently collected in Hampshire County as part of an ongoing and intensive CWD surveillance effort, it was announced today by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).
Spring Gobbler Season Underway
The 2006 spring wild turkey season in West Virginia opened on April 24 and will run through May 20, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. Wildlife biologists expect the spring wild turkey harvest to be similar to last year when 10,000 to 13,500 birds being harvested.
Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Fees Increase
Effective April 11, 2006 , the fees for lifetime West Virginia hunting, trapping and fishing licenses will increase, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. As passed by the state legislature, the fees were established at 23 times the fee for the equivalent annual license or stamp.
Spring Gobbler Season April 24 – May 20
Bill Igo, wild turkey biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), advises hunters to start getting into shape for the upcoming spring gobbler hunting season. “With the opening date of April 24 quickly approaching, hunters need to begin hiking up and down our hills so they will be in shape when they hit the woods to hunt,” Igo advised.
2005 Big Game Bulletin Available
The 2005 West Virginia Big Game Bulletin is available at all Division of Natural Resources' District Offices, Charleston Headquarters and the Elkins Operations Center , according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. This popular publication contains all of the official harvest figures from the 2005 hunting seasons for the state's various big game species.