About Hunting in West Virginia

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 Hunting Seasons

Big Game: Bear, Deer, Bobcat

Small Game: Squirrel, Grouse, Rabbit, Hare, Fox, Coyote

Birds: Turkey, Crow

West Virginia Hunting zones

West Virginia Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateLimitNotes
Deer (Buck Firearms)11/22/2112/5/213
Deer (Archery & Crossbow)9/25/2112/31/212Either sex may be taken or valid license ;
2 deer with stamps, &
no more than 3
antlered buck max
Deer (Antlerless)
*Split Season (Selected Counties)
Deer (Muzzzleloader)12/13/2112/19/212Either sex
*Please see the West Virginia State PDF below for details.

WV Bear Season Dates

SeasonOpening DateClosing Date
Archery & Crossbow*9/23/2112/31/21
(Selected Counties)
*Please see the West Virginia State PDF below for details.

West Virginia Hunting License

Purchase your West Virginia Hunting License here: https://www.wvhunt.com/

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 News

West Virginia 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!

Links to Official Sites

West Virginia Hunting Licenses and Permits

West Virginia State Regulation Site

West Virginia Hunting Regulations PDF