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State Regulations
2013-2014 MigratoryBird Hunting Regulations

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2013-2014

  • Possession limits for dove, woodcock, ducks, and geese have increased to three times the daily bag limit.
  1. All licensed hunters (including lifetime and senior citizens) must possess a valid HIP registration card to hunt any migratory game birds.
  2. Youth waterfowl hunting season is open to youth ages 15 and younger for taking ducks, geese, coots, gallinules and mergansers. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult age 21 or older. The accompanying adult may not hunt or possess a firearm.
  3. It is lawful to hunt waterfowl on major waterways, lakes, and reservoirs of the state during the gun season for deer should the waterfowl season be open.
  4. Only nontoxic shot size T or smaller approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may be used or be in the hunter’s possession while hunting waterfowl.
  5. McClintic Wildlife Management Area
    1. Hunting hours for waterfowl within the controlled waterfowl hunting area will be from legal shooting time until 12:00 noon (prevailing time) Oct. 1-12, 2013 (except Sundays).
    2. Waterfowl hunting in the controlled hunt area will be by permit only. This area is designated by signs, and includes Ponds 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 36, 39 and 40. Applications for a permit must be received at the Division of Natural Resources, 1163 Wildlife Road, Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550, by Sept. 3, 2013.
    3. Concurrent hunting is prohibited in the controlled waterfowl hunting area Oct. 1-12, 2013.
  6. Green Bottom Wildlife Management Area
    1. Hunting hours for waterfowl will be from legal shooting time until noon during the first split of the waterfowl season, Oct. 1-12, 2013 (except Sunday).
    2. Waterfowl hunting will be by permit only. Permits will be issued at the area headquarters between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. the first two days and between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. the remaining days of the season, Oct. 1-12, 2013.
    3. Concurrent hunting is prohibited Oct. 1-12, 2013.
  7. Deed restrictions prohibit all hunting, including waterfowl, at Warden Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Shooting Hours

Shooting hours for dove are from noon to sunset on opening day of the first segment and from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the remainder of the season. Shooting hours for rails, snipe, woodcock and waterfowl are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Sunday Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is prohibited on Sundays except on privately owned lakes, ponds or impoundments and private land in those counties where Sunday hunting has not been prohibited by local election.

National Wildlife Refuges

Rules and Regulations for hunting on National Wildlife Refuges may be obtained from:

Ohio River Islands NWR

3982 Waverly Road
Williamstown, WV 26187
(304) 375-2923

Canaan Valley NWR

6263 Appalachian Highway
Davis, WV 26260
(304) 866-3858

Banded Birds

Many game birds are banded with leg bands and other markers annually in North America. Please report any such birds to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-800-327-BAND (2263) during regular business hours or online at www.reportband.gov.


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