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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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 Antlerless Deer Season Opens Earlier

10/11/2012
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Deer hunters can take advantage of an earlier opening date for antlerless deer hunting with a firearm this fall. New for this deer season, in counties or parts of counties having a firearms antlerless deer season, the season on private land will be open Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27.

“There are several advantages to hunters and to deer management if hunters participate in this season,” according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “Many hunters may find the weather better for stand hunting since temperatures should be warmer than during late November and December seasons. Also, hunters who hunt in one of the 10 counties where hunters are required to harvest an antlerless deer prior to taking a second antlered buck can take advantage of harvesting an antlerless deer. Then they won’t have to worry about filling this requirement later in the season if they hunt for a second antlered buck in November. From a deer management view, if enough antlerless deer are harvested early in the fall, there should be more food for the remaining deer and hunters may observe more intense rut behavior of antlered bucks in November.”
 
The harvest of antlerless deer is the key to healthier and more productive deer herds, Taylor explained.
 
“To manage West Virginia’s deer herd, hunters and landowners must continually assess their expectations of the proper number of deer sightings versus the visible impacts deer have on vegetation. They then must encourage the harvest of antlerless deer where needed to benefit not only the deer herd, but all wildlife dependent on our state’s woodland habitat. The early opening date for antlerless deer hunting with a firearm is a good opportunity for hunters and landowners to accomplish their antlerless deer harvest objectives.”

For more complete information on season dates and bag limits, consult the 2012–2013 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations brochure available at all hunting and fishing license agents, DNR district offices and the DNR website www.wvdnr.gov.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief
304-558-2771
DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov