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West Virginia Hunting Season 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to West Virginia hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

West Virginia Hunting Seasons

West Virginia Hunting Season Dates

The Mountain State offers several big game hunting seasons through the beautiful Appalachian mountains. It is one of the most time honored traditions and each year more than 350,000 hunters take to West Virginia's woods in search of a game.

Right now West Virginia harvested a record of 3,541 black bears in 2020, as well as 38,776 bucks during the firearm season. There also seems to be an improvement for the lottery announcements that have been made, with as many great winners as there are as well!

This is the Mountain State so be sure to enjoy a variety of wild and wonderful hunting, trapping and fishing that awaits here in this high elevation land. With so much to do and so much wildlife, there's just no limit to all that you'll be able to find here.

West Virginia Deer Season 2023

Archery & Crossbow: September 25, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Antlerless: October 21, 2023 - October 24, 2023, November 22, 2023 - November 25, 2023, December 9. 2023 - December 12, 2023, December 28, 2023 - December 31, 2023.

Firearm Buck: November 22, 2023 - December 5, 2023

Muzzleloader: December 13, 2023 - December 19, 2023

Youth: October 16, 2023 - October 17, 2023, December 26, 2023 - December 27, 2023

West Virginia Wild Turkey Season 2023

Fall Turkey: October 9, 2023 - October 17, 2023, October 25, 2023 - November 14, 2023 (varies by zones)

Spring Turkey: April 18, 2024 - May 22, 2024

Spring Youth Turkey: April 16, 2024 - April 17, 2024

West Virginia Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of WV's hunting zones:

West Virginia Bag Limits 2023

Bag limits vary by animal, sex, location and weapon so please check the official guide.

West Virginia Hunting License 2023

Purchase your West Virginia Hunting License at

Hunting & Trapping$19$119
Sportsman Hunting/ Trapping
/ Fishing
Antlerless Deer Stamp$10$27
Big game stamp$10
Make sure that you look into each stamp as they may be required of license holders to further
hunt deer, turkey, bear or boar with a bow or muzzleloader.

West Virginia Hunting Regulations 2023

Yes all hunters, including bowhunters, have to wear at least 400 square inches of orange.

You can hunt on Sundays in WV.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

Can you hunt with a crossbow in West Virginia?

Yes, you are now allowed to hunt with a crossbow during archery season in WV.

When does hunting season start in West Virginia?

Archery deer hunting season opens September 25, 2023 in WV.

When is youth deer hunting day in West Virginia?

Youth Deer Hunting Day is October 16, 2023 - October 17, 2023 and December 26, 2023 - December 27, 2023.

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