West Virginia Hunting News

Reward for Turkey Poaching Information
In an effort to curtail illegal activities associated with wild turkey hunting in West Virginia, the Division of Natural Resources will once again cooperate with the West Virginia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation's program to pay rewards to persons reporting poaching or other illegal practices relating to wild turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.
Big Game Bulletins Available
The 2004 West Virginia Big Game Bulletins are available at all Division of Natural Resources district offices, Charleston Headquarters and Elkins Operations Center , according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. This popular publication contains all of the official harvest figures for the state's various big game species.
Big Buck Contest Winners
The winners of the 2004 West Virginia Big Buck Contest have been determined, according to Eugene Thorn, Chairman of the WV Big Buck Contest Review Committee. The contest is cosponsored by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Izaak Walton League of West Virginia, and the West Virginia Bowhunter's Association to recognize sportsmen who bagged extraordinarily large antlered bucks in West Virginia.
Coyote Numbers Increasing
Data, collected through observational surveys conducted annually by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section, has shown a steady increase in coyote sightings during the past several years.
Hunters Harvest 1,236 Bears in 2004
West Virginia bear hunters harvested 1,236 bears during the combined 2004 archery and firearms season, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data is 28 percent (477) lower than the previous harvest record of 1,713 established in 2003.
New Coyote Season
Beginning January 1, 2005 , it became legal in West Virginia to hunt coyotes at night with an amber colored artificial light, according to Col. James Fields, Chief of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The new season runs from January 1 to July 31, 2005.
Hunters Harvest 178,951 Deer
Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 178,951 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, bow and youth deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Ed Hamrick.
2004 Turkey Harvest Lowest Since 1967
The unofficial fall wild turkey harvest in 2004 was 1,295, according to Paul R. Johansen, Assistant Chief of Game Management in the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The kill was 30 percent lower than the 1,841 reported in 2003 and was the lowest fall harvest since 1967.
Deer Hunters Harvest 64,547 Bucks
A preliminary count of deer registered at game checking stations across the state indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 64,547 bucks during the two-week buck season, which ran from November 22 through December 4, according to Ed Hamrick, Director of the Division of Natural Resources.
Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens December 13
West Virginia's six-day muzzleloader deer season opens December 13 and continues through December 18, 2004 in all counties open to firearm hunting for deer, according to Paul Johansen, Assistant Chief of Game Management of the Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section.