West Virginia Wild Boar Firearms Season Opens October 22

Send by email Printer-friendly version Share this

The wild boar firearms season is scheduled to open on Oct. 22, and run through Oct. 29, according to Kem Shaw, Assistant District 5 Wildlife Biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The wild boar season is open to West Virginia residents only.  To hunt wild boar, hunters must possess one of the following licenses:  Class X, XJ, AB-L, A-L or Class A+BG+CS or be exempt from purchasing a license.  A special boar permit is no longer required.  Hunting is restricted to Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties.  Boar of either sex may be taken, and the season limit is one per year.  Each animal that is harvested must be checked at an official game checking station in the county of kill within 24 hours.  Concurrent hunting of deer and bear, where legal, is permitted.

During the 2010 season, hunters killed 16 wild boar. The number of boar harvested has decreased since the record high of 158 in 1995. During that period, the December season was the most productive and hunters looked for snow cover to increase visibility and make tracking easier. Due to declining boar numbers, hunters are now restricted to the October season where hunting conditions are more challenging, leaves are still on trees limiting visibility, and falling leaves quickly cover any sign.

This fall, wild boar should be scattered throughout the four-county hunting area due to good scarlet and red oak mast in this region of the state.  Preseason scouting is recommended.

Comments

Retired2hunt's picture

  Well I think they look at

 

Well I think they look at it in another way - since there isn't an infestation and the mountainous area involved seems to hold them in check (maybe other predators helping) that they use it as a revenue source through a hunting season.  I can only guess but in them back hills of WVA there is more likely more boar being taken than really known.

If this animal turned to have population explosions then I think the WVA DNR would approach it differently - they would have to.

 

hunter25's picture

I find it interesting as well

I find it interesting as well for a couple of reasons. First like you mentioned if everything they keep telling us is true then there should be many more now with a constantly increasing harvest. Second I find it strange that with so many states wanting them all killed on sight for toatal eradication it appears they are protecting them as a resource of value here. very short season in small areas and just very limited overall.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Huh, interesting.  I went to

Huh, interesting.  I went to college in Ohio, on the West Virginia border.  We would go out many, many times into West Virginia, just driving, looking for deer.  Lots of them there.  However, I never knew they had a wild pig population.  It even mentions that the high was in 1995, which was the year after I graduated.  So, they must have had a good number of them back then.

Interesting to see that the harvest has dropped so low in recent years.  I wonder what the reasoning is.  We hear all of the stories about how fast they breed and spread, so you would think that the success should rise with the popultion.  I see that they think it has to do with the time of year the season is open, but I can't imagine it would make that much of a difference.

Interesting for sure.