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.

 Small Game Hunting and Trapping Opportunities for 2013–2014 Season

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Small game hunting in West Virginia is scheduled to begin with the opening of the one-day youth squirrel season September 7, 2013, followed by the opening of the statewide squirrel season September 14, 2013.

“Squirrel season is very popular with many West Virginia sportsmen. It is a time when hunters can participate in one of their favorite sports and also enjoy the fall beauty of the Mountain State,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

The ruffed grouse season opens October 12, 2013, and closes February 28, 2014. Grouse hunters should look for areas that provide ample cover and soft mast species such as grape, hawthorn and greenbrier. Most soft mast species appear to be above average in abundance this year. The daily bag limit for grouse is four.

Hunting season for raccoons opens October 12, 2013, at 6 p.m. and continues through February 28, 2014. Raccoon populations should be similar to previous years. Hunters and their hounds should have a very successful season after locating good food sources. Raccoon hunters are reminded that the daily bag limit is four.

Opening day of cottontail rabbit season is November 2, 2013. With the unusually wet summer, rabbit populations are expected to be higher with the increase of food and cover. Old fields and brushy pastures are the best habitat types in which to rabbit hunt. Snowshoe hare, bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasant, bobcat, red fox, and gray fox hunting seasons also open November 2, 2013. Hunters should be aware of daily bag and season possession limits for each species. Night hunting with lights for foxes will open January 1, 2014 and continue until February 28, 2014.

November 2, 2013, marks the opening of trapping season for furbearing animals in West Virginia. Populations of beaver, bobcat, fox, mink, otter and raccoon are good, and trappers should be very successful. Trappers are reminded to check season closing dates as they may vary for the different species.

For more complete information on season dates and bag limits, consult the 2013–2014 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations available at all hunting and fishing license agents, DNR district offices and the DNR website http://www.wvdnr.gov/.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief