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Regulated hunting is the most important tool for managing game mammals and birds. Hunting seasons are established, (i.e., season lengths, bag limits, sex of bird/mammal legal for harvest) based on sound scientific research and biology of the game species and to maximize recreational opportunities for hunters. Additionally, sociological parameters like nuisance bear complaints, deer damage and other issues are evaluated for managing game species as they relate to establishing hunting seasons.

In West Virginia, the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is responsible for setting open seasons, season lengths, sex and bag limits. Season changes and recommendations from wildlife biologists and wildlife managers are presented to the WVDNR director for approval and are presented to the public for comments during the regulations public meetings held across the state each year. The annual season frameworks, bag limits, the public’s input from the regulations public meetings and other issues are presented to the NRC to be approved or rejected at their spring meeting (big-game seasons) and summer meeting (small-game seasons for the next year). 

For specific hunting season dates, bag limits other information, download a copy of the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

West Virginia 2024–2025 Hunting Season Dates

For bag, possession and season limits, check page 2 in the West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

SpeciesOpening DateClosing Date
*Wild Boar (Gun)
Split Season
October 26November 2
February 7February 9
*Wild Boar (Archery and Crossbow)
Split Season
September 28December 31
February 7February 9
*Deer (Buck Firearms)November 25December 8
*Deer (Archery and Crossbow)September 28December 31
*Deer (Antlerless)
Split Season (Selected Counties)
October 24October 27
November 25December 8
December 12December 15
December 28December 31
*Deer (Muzzleloader)December 16December 22
*Deer (Youth/Class Q/Class XS) Split Season (See Page 29)October 19October 20
December 26December 27
*Deer, Bear and Turkey (Winter 2025 Mountaineer Heritage – See Page 35)January 9January 12
*Bear (Archery and Crossbow)September 28December 31
*Bear (Gun) (Selected Counties)August 31September 8
September 21September 27
October 5October 11
October 24October 27
November 25December 8
December 9December 31
*Bear (Youth/Class Q/Class XS) Split Season (See Page 38)September 14September 15
October 19October 20
*Turkey (Fall)Split Season (Selected Counties – See Page 44)October 12October 20
October 28November 3
October 28November 17
*Turkey (Spring 2025 – Bearded Only)April 21May 25
*Turkey (Spring 2025 – Youth Season – See Page 44)April 19April 20
Squirrel (Gray, Black, Albino and Fox)September 14February 28
Squirrel (Youth Season – see page 29)September 7September 8
Ruffed GrouseOctober 12February 28
Bobwhite Quail (Closed on Tomblin WMA)November 2January 4
Cottontail RabbitNovember 2February 28
Snowshoe or Varying HareNovember 2February 28
Ring-necked Pheasant (Cock Birds Only)November 2January 4
Ring-necked Pheasant (Hillcrest WMA – Cock Birds Only)November 9December 7
Raccoon (Hunting)October 12February 28
Raccoon (Trapping)November 2February 28
Red Fox, Gray Fox (Hunting and Trapping)November 2February 28
Red Fox, Gray Fox (Hunting – Night with Artificial Light/Night Vision Technology – See Page 3)January 1February 28
*Bobcat (Hunting and Trapping)November 2February 28
Mink, Muskrat (Trapping)November 2February 28
*Fisher (Trapping)November 2January 31
*Beaver (Trapping)November 2March 31
*Otter (Trapping)November 2February 28
CrowSplit SeasonOctober 1November 23
January 1March 1
**Coyote (Hunting)Year-Round
Skunk, Opossum, Woodchuck, Weasel, English Sparrow, European Starling and Pigeon (Hunting)Year-Round
Skunk, Opossum, Coyote, and Weasel (Trapping)November 2February 28
Elk, Song and Insectivorous Birds, Owls, Hawks, Falcons and EaglesNo Open Season
Geese, Ducks, Mourning Doves, Gallinules, Rails, Woodcock and Common SnipeSee WVDNR Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
*Must Be Electronically Registered – See Page 4
**Additional Regulations – See Page 8