West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 2012-2013 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary Available; Hunting Season Changes Highlighted

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2012-2013 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary brochure is now available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, Division of Natural Resources district offices, the Elkins Operation Center and South Charleston Headquarters. This regulations summary is also available online at the Division of Natural Resources’ website: www.wvdnr.gov.

Sportsmen and women are encouraged to carefully review these regulations, as there will be several significant changes in place this fall during the hunting and trapping seasons. These include the following:
  • The statewide archery deer season will open on September 29, 2012, and run through December 31, 2012.
  • The statewide archery bear season will open earlier this year and be a split season that includes the following days: September 29 - November 17, 2012, and December 3 - 31, 2012.
  • Ten counties or portions thereof will have special antlerless deer regulations in place this fall. Within these 10 counties, archery deer hunters will be required to take an antlerless deer during the archery deer season prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the archery deer season. In addition, buck firearms season hunters will be required to take an antlerless deer during the antlerless firearms season prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the buck firearms season.
  • Black bear firearms hunting seasons will include nine counties open from September 24 - 26, 2012; 12 counties open from September 24 - 29, 2012; eight counties open from November 19 - December 1, 2012 during the buck firearms season; all 55 counties open from December 3 - 31, 2012. The daily bag limit is one (1) bear and season limit is two (2) bears, provided at least one (1) bear comes from Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh or Wyoming counties.
  • The fall wild turkey hunting season will be expanded this this year with 15 counties open from October 13 - 20, 2012; seven (7) counties open from October 13 - 20, 2012 and October 29 - November 3; 14 counties open from October 13 - 20, 2012 and October 29 - November 17, 2012.
  • Beginning on January 1, 2013, the new Apprentice Hunting and Trapping Licenses for West Virginia residents (Class AH or AHJ) and non-residents (Class AAH or AAHJ) will be available to those individuals who have never had a valid base hunting/trapping license. Prior completion of a hunter safety training course will not be required to purchase an Apprentice Hunting and Trapping License; however, holders of one of these licenses must be accompanied and directly supervised by a licensed adult hunter. The Apprentice Hunting and Trapping licenses can only be purchased online at Division of Natural Resources’ goWILD! website: www.wvhunt.com.
  • The Senior Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class XS), which was available beginning January 1, 2012, is required for resident hunters and anglers who reach the age of 65 on or after January 1, 2012. Seniors holding a valid Class XS license may participate in the Special Split Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS antlerless deer season which will be held on October 20, 2012 and December 26 - 27, 2012.
  • It is legal to hunt between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise with a .22 caliber centerfire firearm or smaller or a shotgun using #2 shot or smaller.
  • Any color artificial light is legal for hunting coyote at night from January 1 - July 31, 2013, and for fox from January 1, 2013 - February 28, 2013.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief