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 Big Buck Contest Begins with Bow Season

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The September 29 opening of the bow hunting season for deer also marks the beginning of the annual West Virginia Big Buck Contest. Antlered deer taken between September 29 and December 31, 2012, are eligible to be scored and entered.

“During this time, any hunter who bags a deer in West Virginia with antlers having eight or more points, a 26-inch beam length and points that are more than eight inches long may have a winning buck,” according to Gene Thorn, chairman of the West Virginia Big Buck Contest Review Committee. “Antlers will be measured according to the official scoring system for North American big game animals established by the Boone and Crockett Club.”

Plaques will be awarded to eight overall first place winners for typical and non-typical bucks in gun, bow, muzzleloader and crossbow (physically challenged) categories at next year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration, which will be held at Stonewall Resort State Park on the fourth weekend in September.

Gun and muzzleloader hunters whose bucks score more than 140 points typical or 165 non-typical will receive certificates commemorating the entry of their bucks into the West Virginia Big Buck Contest and Records Keeping Program. Bowhunters or physically challenged crossbow hunters whose bucks score more than 125 points typical or 155 non-typical will also receive certificates.

There were 105 new entries into the Big Buck Records last year that were taken during the 2011 season. The season total showed 28 bucks taken by gun hunters, two by muzzleloaders, 23 by bowhunters and two by crossbows (physically challenged). Bucks taken in previous years may still be scored for a certificate and entry into the records, if they meet the minimum score.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), Izaak Walton League of West Virginia, West Virginia Bowhunter’s Association, West Virginia Muzzleloader’s Association, West Virginia Physically Challenged Advisory Board and Toyota are again sponsoring the contest.

An Official Measurers List is maintained on the DNR’s website: www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/BigBuckContest.shtm, or contact any DNR district office. Phone numbers and addresses are listed in the 2012-2013 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

Appointments must be made for scoring trophies. Many hunters have their deer scored by a team of official measurers during the West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show, which is held in late January at the Charleston Civic Center.

Contact Information

Gene Thorn, Wildlife Resources Section