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2013-2014 Hunting Regulations

Hunting and Trapping Fees | Purchasing a License | Valid Base and Combination Licenses Chart

Residents

Under the age of 15

may hunt or trap without a license when accompanied by a licensed adult who remains in a position near enough to render advice and assistance. Licenses required:

  • to hunt antlerless deer: Class N
  • to hunt additional deer: Class RG (buck), RM (muzzleloader), RB (archery)

65 years of age or older, who have attained that age prior to January 1, 2012

must carry a WV driver’s license or photo ID card issued by the DMV to hunt, trap or fish.

Licenses required:

  • to hunt antlerless deer: Class N
  • to hunt additional deer: Class RG (buck), RM (muzzleloader), RB (archery)
  • to hunt with a handgun: Class A-1
  • Federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamp
  • to hunt waterfowl or migratory birds: free HIP card

65 years of age or older, who have attained that age on or after January 1, 2012

Licenses required:

  • to hunt or trap: Class XS
  • to hunt antlerless deer: Class N*
  • to hunt additional deer: Class RG (buck), RM (muzzleloader), RB (archery)
  • to hunt with a handgun: Class A-1
  • Federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamp
  • to hunt waterfowl or migratory birds: free HIP card

* Not required during the Special Split Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS antlerless deer season, see page 30

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2013-2014 Hunting and Trapping Fees

Hunting, trapping and fishing licenses are good for the calendar year. You must buy new licenses at the beginning of each year.
All licensed hunters must carry a valid form of ID while hunting/trapping.

Resident Licenses

Conservation Stamp (Class CS): $5
  Required for all licensed hunters and anglers except holders of Class X, XS, XJ, AHJ, A-L, B-L and AB-L licenses  
Hunting and Trapping License (Class A): $19
Apprentice Hunting and Trapping License (Class AH) $19
  Same privileges as Class A, but completion of hunter safety course not required (see page 7)  
Sportsman Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class X) $35
  For ages 18 through 64. Includes privileges of Conservation Stamp, Class A, B and BG licenses  
Junior Sportsman Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class XJ): $16
  Similar to Class X, but for ages 15-17  
Apprentice Junior Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class AHJ): $16
  Same privileges as Class XJ, for ages 15-17 and completion of hunter safety course not required (see page 7)  
Antlerless Deer Hunting Stamp (Class N): $10
  Must be accompanied by a Class A, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ or free license  
Additional Archery Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RB): $21
  Must be accompanied by a Class A+BG, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ or free license  
Additional Firearms Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RG): $21
  Must be accompanied by a Class A, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ or free license  
Additional Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RM): $16
  Must be accompanied by a Class A+BG, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ or free license  
Resident Big Game Stamp (Class BG): $10
  Required of Class A or AH license holders to hunt deer during the archery and muzzleloader deer seasons, and to hunt bear (must also have Class DS), wild turkey and wild boar  

Lifetime Licenses

Resident lifetime hunting, trapping and fishing licenses serve in lieu of the equivalent annual license; applications are available at Division of Natural Resources offices and all license agents.

Combination Hunting, Trapping and Fishing
(Class AB-L):
$805
     
Combination Hunting, Trapping and Fishing - Infant
(Class AB-L-I)*
$402.50
     
Hunting and Trapping (Class A-L):. $782
     
Hunting and Trapping - Infant (Class A-L-I)* $391
     
Senior Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class XS) $25
Required for resident hunters and anglers who have reached 65 years of age on or after January 1, 2012, except holders of Class A-L and AB-L licenses.  
   
Small Arms Hunting (Class A-1-L): $75
Class BG License and Conservation Stamp not required with the Class AB-L, A-L, A-L-I, AB-L-I and XS Lifetime Licenses.  

*Must be purchased prior to infant’s second birthday.

Resident and Nonresident Licenses

Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS) $10
  Required to hunt or chase bear. Must be accompanied
by Class A+BG, A-L, AB-L, EE, X, XJ or C license
 
Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP): FREE
  Required of all licensed migratory bird hunters  
Small Arms Hunting Stamp (Class A-1): $8
  For ages 21 or older. Must be accompanied by a
Class A, A-L, AB-L, X, E, EE, H, J or free license
 
Special Hunting and Fishing License for Persons with a Life-threatening Condition (Class DT): FREE
  Issued for ages 20 or less. Requires no additional
licenses or stamps.
 

Nonresident Licenses

Conservation/Law Enforcement Stamp (Class CS/LE): $13
     Required for all licensed hunters and anglers, except holders
of Class J license
 
National Forest Hunting/Trapping/Fishing Stamp (Class I): $2
  Required on National Forests in addition to a Class E, AAH, F, EE, LL or H license  
Statewide Hunting /Trapping License (Class E): $119
Apprentice Hunting/Trapping License (Class AAH): $119
  Same privileges as Class E, but completion of hunter safety course not required (see page 7)  
Statewide Fishing License (Class F): $37
Junior Sportsman Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class XXJ): $16
  Ages 8-17 (not required for fishing under age 15). Includes
privileges of Class I, UU, VV and WW stamps
 
Apprentice Junior Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class AAHJ): $16
  Same privileges as Class XXJ, for ages 15-17 and completion of hunter safety course not required (see page 7)  
Bear Hunting License (Class EE): $162
Small Game Hunting License (Class H): $27
  Six days  
Antlerless Deer Hunting Stamp (Class NN): $27
  Must be accompanied by a Class E or XXJ license  
Additional Archery Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RRB): $37
  Must be accompanied by a Class E +UU or XXJ license  
Additional Firearms Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RRG): $43
  Must be accompanied by a Class E or XXJ license  
Additional Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RRM): $37
  Must be accompanied by a Class E+VV or XXJ license  
Archery Deer Hunting Stamp (Class UU): $32
  Must be accompanied by a Class E license  
Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Stamp (Class VV): $32
  Must be accompanied by a Class E license  
Turkey Hunting Stamp (Class WW): $32
  Must be accompanied by a Class E license or Class AAH
(beginning January 1, 2013)
 
Commercial Small Game Shooting Preserve License (Class J) $10
  Class CS/LE stamp not required with this license Available only at www.wvhunt.com  

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Purchasing a License in 2013-2014

Licenses may be obtained as follows:

  1. At more than 350 retail agent locations throughout the state and designated county clerks offices ($3 issuing fee for first
    purchase and $1 for subsequent purchases).
  2. www.wvhunt.com
    (Official WVDNR Web site– $2 fee per transaction)
  3. Directly from the Hunting and Fishing License Unit by phoning (304) 558-2758 ($2 fee per transaction).

For additional information contact:

Hunting and Fishing License Unit
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
324 4th Avenue
South Charleston, West Virginia 25303
(304) 558-2758 • wvdnrcustomerservice@wv.gov

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Valid Base and Combinations – LICENSES
Hunter Type Deer Archery Deer Buck Gun Deer Antlerless Deer Muzzleloader Black Bear Wild Turkey Wild Boar
Resident** A-L A-L A-L + N A-L A-L + DS A-L A-L
AB-L AB-L AB-L + N AB-L AB-L + DS AB-L AB-L
X X X + N X X + DS X X
XJ XJ XJ + N XJ XJ + DS XJ XJ
XS*** XS*** XS*** + N XS*** XS*** XS*** XS***
A + CS + BG A + CS A + CS + N A + CS + BG A + CS + DS + BG A + CS + BG A + CS + BG
AH+CS+BG AH+CS AH+CS+N AH+CS+BG AH+CS+DS+BG AH + CS + BG AH + CS + BG
AHJ AHJ AHJ+N AHJ AHJ+DS AHJ AHJ
Free License* Free License* Free License* + N Free License* Free License* Free License* Free License*
One of the above + up to two RBs for additional deer in specified counties One of the above + an RG for one additional buck May purchase up to three Class N stamps to be used in specified counties One of the above + an RM for one additional muzzleloader deer
DT DT DT DT DT DT DT
Nonresident** E + CS/LE + UU E + CS/LE E + CS/LE + NN E + CS/LE + VV EE + CS/LE + DS E + CS/LE + WW CLOSED
XXJ + CS/LE XXJ + CS/LE XXJ + CS/LE + NN XXJ + CS/LE XXJ + CS/LE
AAH+CS/LE+UU AAH+CS/LE AAH+CS/LE+NN AAH+CS/LE+VV AAH + CS/LE + WW
AAHJ+CS/LE AAHJ+CS/LE AAHJ+CS/LE+NN AAHJ+CS/LE AAHJ + CS/LE
One of the above + up to two RRBs for additional deer in specified counties One of the above + an RRG for one additional buck May purchase up to three Class NN stamps to be used in specified counties One of the above + an RRM for one additional muzzleloader deer
DT DT DT DT DT DT

*Free Licenses include: Active Military, Senior Citizen (those who have attained the age of 65 prior to January 1, 2012), former POW, Disabled Veteran and underage.
**Handgun hunting also requires Class A-1 License.
***Class XS required for those who have attained the age of 65 on or after January 1, 2012 to hunt, trap or fish.
See page 42 for complete license information. For Class DT license information, see page 10.

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