Hunting In West Virginia


West Virginia Hunting in West Virginia is a time-honored tradition in which the majority of families have at least one member who participates on a regular basis. Each year more than 350,000 hunters take to West Virginia's woods in search of some sort of quarry. With this pursuit millions of dollars are directed toward the state's economy, creating more than 5,000 jobs. West Virginia's hunting-related expenditures for food, lodging, transportation, and equipment brought in nearly $270 million to the state's economy. The economic benefit of hunting in West Virginia is especially valuable because of the amount of revenue generated in our most rural areas. West Virginia hunters harvested 3,160 black bears and 108,160 deer in 2017.



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Below are some of the featured public hunting listings in the state of West Virginia that are available on HLRBO as well as contact information for the Department of Natural Resources in West Virginia should you have any questions about regulations or licensing.




West Virginia Featured Listings


Upper Mud River Wildlife Management Area
Upper Mud River WMA
West Hamlin, WV 25571

Location: Lincoln County Approximately 12 miles south of Hamlin on county Route 7 (Upper Mud River Road). Size: 1,425 acres Terrain: steep and 90 percent is covered by oak-hickory forest Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl Fishing Opportunities Lake: 306 acres - boat motors limited to 10 hp > Two boat ramps Game Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, muskellunge Accommodations and Facilities On the WMA: swimming beach, picnic areas, playgrounds, softball field, bath house, restrooms > Camping is not permitted.
1425 Acres
Big Game Hunting (Deer, Elk, Bear, etc..)
Trapping
Waterfowl Hunting
Small Game & Furbearer Hunting (Badger, Fox, etc..)
Upland Bird Hunting (Quail, Pheasant, Grouse, etc..)



Morris Creek Wildlife Management Area
Morris Creek WMA
Clendenin, WV 25045

Location: Clay and Kanawha counties Near Clendenin, primary access is from county Route 67 along Morris Creek, or county Route 65 in Leatherwood Creek. Size: 9,874 acres Terrain: steep and forested Hunting Prospects: bear, deer, squirrel, turkey Fishing Opportunities Elk River: boat ramps at Queen Shoals and Clendenin Water Plant Game Fish: bass, catfish, muskellunge, walleye
9874 Acres
Big Game Hunting (Deer, Elk, Bear, etc..)
Trapping
Waterfowl Hunting
Small Game & Furbearer Hunting (Badger, Fox, etc..)
Upland Bird Hunting (Quail, Pheasant, Grouse, etc..)



McClintic Wildlife Management Area
Laurel Lake WMA
Point Pleasant, WV 25676

Location: Mason County Five miles north of Point Pleasant or eight miles south of the city of Mason off state Route 62 via Fairgrounds Road (CR12), follow WVDNR signs. Size: 3,655 acres Terrain: 600 acres of farmland, 1,100 acres of brushland, 180 acres of wetland, 1,775 acres of mixed hardwood forest Hunting Prospects: deer, mourning dove, grouse, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl, woodcock Furbearers – beaver, mink, muskrat, raccoon Fishing Opportunities Ponds: 26 Game Fish: warmwater species
3655 Acres
Big Game Hunting (Deer, Elk, Bear, etc..)
Trapping
Waterfowl Hunting
Small Game & Furbearer Hunting (Badger, Fox, etc..)
Upland Bird Hunting (Quail, Pheasant, Grouse, etc..)



West Virginia DNR Information


WV State DNR

Address: 324 Fourth Ave
South Charleston, WV  25303

Phone #: (304) 558-2754
Website: http://www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/hunting.shtm


West Virginia Hunter Safety Course


Hunter safety courses are required in most states in order to purchase a hunting license. Follow the link below to take a certified hunter safety course online for West Virginia.

West Virginia Hunter Safety Course