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NEW! Wildlife Mapping Tool
Hunting/Fishing Mapping Tool
Discover the variety of Wild and Wonderful hunting, trapping and fishing opportunities in the Mountain State.  The West Virginia Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Map tool will help you get started on your next outdoor adventure!

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Fishing
Fishing

January brings a new season of trout stocking in West Virginia.  With its year-round fishing season, including an open season for trout, more than 20,000 miles of streams and more than 100 public fishing lakes, West Virginia provides anglers with a variety of fishing opportunities and experiences.

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Hunting Season
Hunting Season
Hunting is a tradition in the Mountain State.  West Virginia offers a wide variety of seasons, including those for archery, firearms and muzzleloaders.  Of course, the two-week buck season always begins the Monday before Thanksgiving, providing an opportunity for family-style hunting during a time when many former residents return home for the holiday.

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Latest News
  1. West Virginia State Park hikes scheduled during New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 25–27, 2014

    Brush Creek Falls in Pipestem Resort State Park will be the site of several West Virginia state parks wildflower walks during...

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  2. Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting 1 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014

    Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, W.Va.     ROANOKE, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the West...

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  3. May Wonderful West Virginia magazine features Avian Antics, Sumner School, Furniture Craftsman Mark Soukup and Natural Treasures

    May 2014 Wonderful WV magazine     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The May 2014 issue of Wonderful West Virginia...

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  4. Blennerhassett Sternwheeler Charters for Rollin’ on the River Get-togethers in 2014

    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Those planning family or group gatherings can take advantage of paddlewheel charters aboard the...

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  5. After Midnight; lunar spectacle creates April 14 into April 15 sky watch at Hawks Nest and Twin Falls state parks

    Hawks Nest State Park has a large deck overlooking the New River Gorge that also will provide a perfect place to watch the...

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  6. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 7-11, 2014

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 7, 2014:   Anawalt Lake ...

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  7. Governor Tomblin Proclaims April Arbor Month

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has designated April as Arbor Month throughout the state of West Virginia. “West...

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  8. Fifteen W.Va. Communities Awarded Tree City USA Status Arbor Day celebrations scheduled

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Officials at the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) announced that 15 cities and towns have been...

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DNR Director’s Blog

WV Wild blog by DNR Director Frank Jezioro
Be sure to read West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro’s entertaining stories and observations about hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities every month in
West Virginia Wild.