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.

 2013 wild boar archery and firearms seasons open

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wild boar archery season opened Oct. 12 and will run through Dec. 31. The firearms season will open Oct. 26 and run through Nov. 2, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

These seasons are open to West Virginia residents only. To hunt wild boar, hunters must possess one of the following licenses: Class X, XJ, XS, AB-L, A-L or Class A+BG+CS or be exempt from purchasing a license.

Hunting is restricted to Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. Boar of either sex may be taken but only one boar may be taken per year. Each animal that is harvested must be checked at an official big game checking station in the county of kill within 24 hours. Concurrent hunting of deer and bear, where legal, is permitted.
The number of boar harvested has decreased since the record high of 158 in 1995. Due to declining boar numbers, gun hunters are restricted to an October firearms season.

“In 2012 we experienced a slight increase in the boar harvest due to the spotty mast crop and the early snow that fell in the boar hunting areas, making it easier for hunters to locate the elusive animal,” said Curtis Taylor, chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. “Last year’s spotty mast conditions, coupled with the increased harvest, should result in fewer hogs available to hunters in 2013. A lower harvest of boars is predicted for 2013.”

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief