West Virginia Hunting News

DNR Requests Deer Jawbones from McDowell and Wyoming Counties
Wildlife biologists from the Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section are again asking archery hunters in Wyoming and McDowell counties to supply a lower jawbone from any deer they kill, according to Larry Berry, District Biologist in Beckley. Data obtained from jawbones can be used by biologists to reconstruct the deer population, which is a way to monitor deer numbers in the bow-only counties.
Deer Hunts Planned for Physically Challenged Hunters
Snowshoe Mountain Resort, the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the West Virginia Division of Tourism, and the West Virginia Hunter Education Instructors Association are announcing the fourth annual special antlerless deer hunts for the physically challenged at Snowshoe Resort in Pocahontas County.
Coyote Seminar September 27-28
Interest in coyote hunting is increasing in West Virginia as the predator becomes a larger presence, threatening both domestic animals and wildlife. Nationally-recognized predator hunter Tom Bechdel of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, will be presenting his popular coyote seminar during the 2003 West Virginia Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, to be held at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park in Lewis County (Interstate 79 exit 91) September 27 and 28.
Wanted: Owners of Big Bucks
The West Virginia Wildlife Federation, in cooperation with the Division of Natural Resources, will be recognizing hunters who own trophy deer that were legally taken in West Virginia with either bow or gun and have a Pope & Young or Boone and Crockett score of 155 or greater.
Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary Available
The West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary 2003 - 2004 brochure is now available at all license agents and Division of Natural Resources offices, according to Ed Hamrick, Director of the Division of Natural Resources.
No Wild Boar Application Required
West Virginia hunters will no longer be required to submit applications to hunt wild boar, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. The wild boar gun season has been changed to one week, October 27 – November 1, 2003. The season is open to residents only and hunters must still purchase a Class P in advance.
2002 Big Game Bulletins Available
The 2002 West Virginia Big Game Bulletins are available at all Division of Natural Resources district offices, Charleston Headquarters and Elkins Operations Center, according to Ed Hamrick, 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.
Record Black Bear Harvest
West Virginia bear hunters harvested a state record 1,335 bruins during the combined archery and firearms seasons, according to William K. Igo, Black Bear Project Leader for the Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section. The preliminary harvest total is seven more than the previous record of 1,328 established in 2000, and 7% higher than the 1,253 killed in 2001.
Hunters Harvest 96,435 Bucks and 54,379 Antlerless Deer
Preliminary data compiled by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources indicate that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 96,435 bucks during the two-week buck season, which ran from November 25 through December 7, according to Ed Hamrick, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. The buck harvest was similar to last year's figures, down only 3% from the 2001 harvest of 99,380.
Special Black Bear Gun Season
A special firearms season for black bear hunting without dogs will run concurrently with the first week of the 2002 buck gun season (November 25-30) in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh (west of I-77) counties, according to Paul Johansen, Assistant Chief in Charge of Game Management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section.