West Virginia Hunting News

West Virginia 2011 Fall Trout Stocking Begins October 11

The 2011 fall trout stocking will take place during the weeks of October 11 and 17, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

West Virginia National Forest and WMA Roads to be Open to Hunters with Disabilities

Physically challenged hunters who have obtained a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads within certain national forests in West Virginia and on selected wildlife management areas, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

West Virginia Big Buck Contest Begins October 1

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), Izaak Walton League of West Virginia, West Virginia Bowhunters Association, West Virginia Muzzleloaders Association, West Virginia Physically Challenged Advisory Board, and Toyota are again sponsoring the West Virginia Big Buck Contest for deer taken between Oct. 1 and Dec.31, 2011, according to Gene Thorn, Chairman of the West Virginia Big Buck Contest Review Committee. 

West Virginia Hunting Ethics and Getting Landowner Permission

Hunters need to obtain landowner permission for their outings before they begin heading to the fields and woods this fall, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Asking permission to hunt is not always an easy thing to do, especially if the landowner is a total stranger.  The recent issue of the Ducks Unlimited® magazine (July/August 2011) published several tips on getting permission to hunt.

Reporting Fish and Wildlife Violations in West Virginia Just Got Easier

Reporting poaching and other fish and wildlife law violations just got easier. The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) has added a new website option for reporting activity that threatens fish, wildlife and critical habitat. Submitting a tip sends a message to DNR district office staff for response.

Pre-season Scouting is Important for Upcoming West Virginia Hunting Seasons

The fall hunting season is just a few days away, and now is a great time for hunters to scout favorite hunting areas and to sight in their firearms to ensure they are on target when they go afield, according to Paul Johansen, Assistant Chief of Game Management of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

West Virginia Early Antlerless Deer Archery and Muzzleloader Seasons Open in September

The special antlerless archery and antlerless muzzleloader seasons will open in September on private land only in select counties throughout the state, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The early archery season opens September 12, 2011, and closes September 17, 2011. The early muzzleloader season opens September 19, 2011 and closes September 24, 2011.  To participate in either of these seasons, hunters need to be aware of the following regulations.

West Virginia Applications Available For 2011 Antlerless Deer Season

Applications for the 2011 Antlerless Deer Season are now available at all West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices, Elkins Operations Center and Charleston Headquarters, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

West Virginia Shooting Ranges are Being Damaged

Officials with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) are asking users of the state's public shooting ranges to help curtail growing instances of damage to the property. Of biggest concern are littering and gunfire damage to target frames, trash barrels, bench posts and other structures at the ranges.

West Virginia Spring Turkey Harvest Numbers Released

Preliminary harvest numbers for the 2011 spring gobbler season show a take of 9,216 bearded turkeys, a decline of 10 percent from the 2010 harvest of 10,209 birds. Division of Natural Resources' wildlife officials surmise a combination of inclement weather, high gas prices, and lower turkey numbers were major factors in the lower kill.