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.

 West Virginia’s Deer and Bear Archery Seasons to Open in September

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2013 archery seasons for white-tailed deer and black bear open on Saturday, September 28. The bear archery season is a split season (September 28-November 23 and December 9 - December 31). The deer archery season runs through December 31.

This is the second year the black bear archery season will have both a September start and an extended December segment. “The black bear population continues to expand,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. “We believe the expanding population can sustain an extended archery season and provide a great deal of recreational opportunity.”

In addition to a base license, bear hunters must purchase a Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS) to hunt bear in West Virginia. Two bear may be taken during the archery or the gun season (or one each in the archery and gun seasons) provided at least one bear is taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh or Wyoming counties. Other than the Class DS stamp, no additional stamps are needed to harvest the second bear during the archery season except for non-residents hunting on the National Forest (Class I).

Hunters are also reminded that they need stamps if they wish to harvest additional deer during the archery season. One or two additional archery deer, depending on the county, may be taken with Class RB (Resident) or Class RRB (Nonresident) stamps (one per stamp). Hunters should also note in the regulations that in 23 counties or portions thereof, they must take an antlerless archery deer prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the archery season. Additional archery stamps must be purchased prior to the start of the deer archery season.

The daily bag limit for deer has increased this year, allowing an individual to take up to two deer in one day. However, only one antlered deer may be taken in the same day. The first deer does not have to be legally checked at an official game check station prior to harvesting the second deer in the same day.

Special regulations exist for the four archery-only counties: Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming. In these counties, only two archery deer may be taken, one of which must be antlerless.

In all counties, legal resident landowners hunting on their own property and holders of Class DT (Life-threatening Conditions) licenses may use Class RB/RRB stamp privileges without stamp purchase.

For complete information, hunters should consult the 2013-2014 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary available at any WVDNR office, license agents, or by visiting the WVDNR website at www.wvdnr.gov.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief