West Virginia Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


West Virginia offers several big game hunting seasons through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Aptly named the “Mountain State,” West Virginia gives hunters the opportunity to hunt in majestic solitude while pursuing deer, bear, turkey and small game.

Despite being a smaller state, West Virginia is home to more than 350,000 hunters who pursue game of all sizes each year. The state considers hunting to be a major economic booster — hunting-related expenses help fuel West Virginia’s economy by an estimated $270 million.

Whether you’re looking for game big or small, West Virginia’s scenic outdoors and plentiful wildlife offer the perfect hunting grounds.

Wild Boar Seasons

Firearms

Oct. 22-29

Archery and Crossbow

Sept. 24-Dec. 31

Deer Seasons

Firearms

Nov. 21-Dec. 3 (Bucks)
Oct. 20-Dec. 31 (Antlerless)*

Archery and Crossbow

Sept. 24-Dec. 31

Muzzleloader

Dec. 5-10

Youth

 Oct. 15

*Dates vary by county; for more information, visit the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website.

Turkey Seasons

 Fall

Oct. 8-Nov. 12*

Spring

Apr. 17-May 13

Youth

Apr. 15

*Dates vary by county; for more information, visit the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website.


Bear Seasons

Firearms

Sept. 3-Dec. 31*

Archery and Crossbow

Sept. 24-Dec. 31*

*Dates vary by county; for more information, visit the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website.

Small Game Seasons

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 15-Feb. 28

Bobwhite Quail

Nov. 5-Jan. 7

Ring-neck Pheasant (cock birds only)

Nov. 5-Feb. 28

Bobcat

Nov. 5-Feb. 28

Skunk, Opossum, Woodchuck, Weasel, English Sparrow, European Starling, Pigeo

Open Season

Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare

Nov. 5-Feb. 28

Raccoon

Oct. 15-Feb. 28

Red and Gray Fox

Nov. 5-Feb. 28*

Coyote

Open Season*

Squirrel

Sept. 3 (Youth Only)
Sept. 10-Feb. 28

*The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has restrictions for year-round and seasonal hunting. Be sure to visit the Divison’s website for additional details and regulations.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for West Virginia hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website.