West Virginia Hunting News

DNR Announces 2006 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Meetings
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings across the state in March to give hunters, anglers, trappers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2006 hunting regulations for white-tailed deer and black bear, proposed 2007-2008 general hunting and trapping regulations and proposed 2007 fishing regulations. These meetings will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. on March 20 and March 21.
DNR to Host Free Coyote Hunting & Calling Seminars
The Division of Natural Resources will be hosting free coyote hunting and calling seminars in Mineral Wells in Wood County and Beckley in Raleigh County to educate hunters on the recreational opportunities that exist in West Virginia, according to Frank Jezioro, Director.
Late Season Hunting Opportunities
The late part of winter presents an often overlooked opportunity for hunting in the Mountain State , according to Jeff McCrady, Assistant District Game Biologist. Rabbits, grouse, foxes, bobcats, and raccoons are in season through the end of February.
Hunters Harvest 1,613 Bears in 2005
West Virginia bear hunters harvested 1,613 bears during the combined 2005 archery and firearms season, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. This preliminary harvest data for the combined bear season is 31 percent higher than the 1,233 bears taken in 2004 and only 6 percent below the harvest record of 1,713 bears established in 2003.
2005 Fall Wild Turkey Harvest
The unofficial fall wild turkey harvest in 2005 was 1,110, according to Paul R. Johansen, Assistant Chief of Game Management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The kill was 18 percent lower than the 1,357 reported in 2004 and was the lowest fall kill since 1967. There were 21 counties open to a 1-4 week fall season in 2005.
Hunters Harvest 134,557 Deer
Preliminary figures indicate hunters in West Virginia harvested a total of 134,577 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, bow, and Youth/Class Q deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro . This year's total harvest was 25 percent less than the 2004 harvest.
Late Antlerless Deer Season
Hunters who have not taken their annual legal bag limit of antlerless deer may wish to participate in the upcoming late antlerless season according to Paul Johansen , Assistant Chief in charge of Game Management for the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources.
Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens December 12
West Virginia 's six-day muzzleloader deer season begins December 12 and continues through December 17, 2005 in all counties open to firearm hunting for deer, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Bucks-only Gun Season Fact Sheet
The West Virginia bucks-only gun season is November 21 – December 3. It is open in all counties except Logan , Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming.
Traditional Black Bear Gun Season Opens December 5
The 2005 traditional black bear gun season will open December 5, 2005 , in selected counties, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section. More than 26,000 hunters will take to the woods this fall in pursuit of West Virginia 's largest game species.