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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. Electrical upgrades at Hawks Nest State Park scheduled Sept. 29, 2014

                 ANSTED, West Virginia – Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted in...

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  2. Outdoor Youth Challenge – West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 27 and 28 at Stonewall SP

    Children ages 6 to 18 are encouraged to participate in the Outdoor Youth Challenge during West Virginia’s Celebration of...

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  3. Horseback Riding at Babcock State Park Available through September 21, 2014

    CLIFFTOP, West Virginia -- Horseback riding is a pleasant and peaceful journey through the shaded and beautiful trails of...

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  4. Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications Still Available

    Hunters have until Sept. 26 to apply for a permit allowing them to hunt black bear in select counties concurrent with the...

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  5. Small game hunting and trapping opportunities for 2014–2015 season

    Squirrel season opens statewide Sept. 13, the first of many small game hunting seasons opening in West Virginia through the...

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  6. Early Bear Gun Seasons to Open Sept. 18 and Oct. 4 in selected counties

    Early black bear hunting seasons begin in select counties in September and October. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia...

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  7. Tu-Endie-Wei State Park site of archaeological dig Sept. 13-14

    Battle Days with “On the Drum” Native American demonstration Oct. 3-4 Tu-Endie-Wei State Park will host a public...

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  8. Battle of Carnifex Ferry re-enactment Sept. 13-14, 2014

    The 1861 Battle of Carnifex Ferry will be re-enacted Sunday, Sept. 14, at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Living history...

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Timber Sales

The WV Division of Forestry is offering marked timber for sale. Click location for details.

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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.