West Virginia Hunting News

Special November Black Bear Gun Season
A special firearms season for black bear hunting will be held in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha and Raleigh counties, according to Chris Ryan, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section.
Bucks-Only Deer Firearm Season
West Virginia’s 2004 bucks-only firearms season opens on November 22 and closes December 4, according to Ed Hamrick, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. "The opening of West Virginia’s buck season is the highlight of the year for many hunters," said Hamrick. "Ninety percent of the state’s hunters participate in buck hunting, and we expect more than 350,000 hunters will be afield during the two-week season."
Trappers and Hunters Must Tag Furbearers
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds fur takers that beaver, bobcat and fisher pelts must be tagged at an official game checking station or by a DNR representative within 30 days of the close of the season. Tags must remain attached to the pelt until it is tanned or mounted.
Raccoon Hunting Seasons Open October 16
The hunting seasons for raccoon will begin October 16, 2004 and continue until February 28, 2005, according to Curtis Taylor , Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.
Women's Deer Hunt December 4-6 at Snowshoe Mountain
The 3rd Annual Women's Deer Hunt will be co-sponsored by Snowshoe Outdoor Adventure and the WV Division of Natural Resources, December 4-6, 2004 , at Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County . The registration fee for this Beyond-BOW (Becoming an Outdoors-Woman) event will be $200 which includes lodging, some meals, field dressing kit, and a personal guide.
Additional Deer Archery Hunting Licenses
West Virginia resident and nonresident archery deer hunters have until October 15 to purchase their additional deer bow hunting license(s), according to Curtis Taylor, Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section.
Deer, Bear and Boar Archery Seasons Open October 16
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.
Minimum Age Limit for Special Youth Deer Season Changed
In a special meeting of the Natural Resources Commission on August 18, 2004 , the commissioners unanimously voted to lower the age limit for youths participating in the Special Youth Split Deer Season to age eight, according to West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Director, Ed Hamrick.
Bow Season Big Buck Contest
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 16 and December 31, 2004.
Special Antlerless Deer Hunts for Physically Challenged Hunters
The 5th annual special antlerless deer hunts for the physically challenged will be held at Snowshow Resort in Pocahontas County in December. Separate day hunts will be conducted on December 8 & 9, 2004. Only one deer per participant may be harvested.