West Virginia Hunting News

Small Game Hunting and Trapping Seasons Open
The traditional small game season opened in West Virginia with squirrel season on October 8. Gray and fox squirrels are the most popular small game animals in West Virginia. Many families and friends enjoy the outdoor experience they share during this beautiful fall season. Scouting, even for squirrel hunting, is necessary to locate the bushytails favorite foods.
Three Deer Confirmed Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that three free-ranging white-tailed deer collected from Hampshire County had tested “suspect positive” for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). These samples were submitted for further testing at the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and, as expected, they were confirmed to be CWD positive.
Bowhunters Invited to Participate in DNR Survey
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) invites bowhunters to participate in the 11th annual West Virginia Bowhunter's Survey, according to Scott Warner, Wildlife Biologist for the Wildlife Resources Section of DNR. Since 1995, WVDNR has collected information from bowhunters on more than 75,000 trips, recording more than 250,000 hours of observations on white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, and a variety of small game species providing a wealth of information on wildlife populations.
Youth and Class Q Deer Season to be Held
A special split deer season for youth and Class Q permit hunters (permanently disabled in the lower extremities) will be held on October 29, 2005 and December 26-27, 2005, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Squirrel Season Opens October 8
Squirrel season, the most popular small game hunting season in West Virginia , will open ½ hour before sunrise on Saturday, October 8. Hunting bushytails is a cherished tradition in West Virginia with hunters of all ages, sexes, and ethnic backgrounds taking to the woods in their pursuit.
Remaining Antlerless Deer Tags Available August 27
Antlerless Deer Carcass Tags that allow deer hunters to shoot additional antlerless deer in designated deer management units (DMUs) will go on sale at noon, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005.
Applications for Limited Antlerless Deer Permits
Applications to hunt antlerless deer during the 2005 limited resident antlerless deer season are now available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, DNR District Offices, Elkins Operations Center and Charleston Headquarters, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section. Application forms may also be downloaded from the DNR web page (www.wvdnr.gov).
Permit Applications Available for 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 controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).
Bear Hunters Association contributes to DNR Wildlife Research
The West Virginia Bear Hunters Association has continued its long-standing support of the Division of Natural Resources through a financial contribution, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. The money will be specifically used on West Virginia 's black bear research and monitoring project.
Spring Gobbler Season
The 2005 spring wild turkey season in West Virginia opens on April 25 and runs through May 21, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. Wildlife Biologists expect this year's spring wild turkey harvest to be similar to last year's, with 10,000 to 13,500 birds being harvested during the season. The 2004 spring gobbler harvest was 10,573.