2024 West Virginia Hunting Seasons

WV Hunting Seasons

A complete guide to the 2023 – 2024 West Virginia hunting season dates. Oftentimes, when people think of hunting season their mind gravitates towards whitetail deer. However, West Virginia hunters have a variety of options year round to chase game in the mountain state.

Below you will find our easy to understand list of West Virginia hunting seasons for 2023 – 2024.


More than 350,000 people buy a West Virginia hunting license each year. This group of hunters take to the mountains in search of a trophy worthy of their efforts.

Last year West Virginia hunters killed 118,606 whitetail deer during the WV deer hunting season. Of those, 48,938 were bucks killed during the WV buck firearm season. As a West Virginia resident, you already know hunting is a large part of our state heritage.

Start planning your hunt so you too can find success in the woods of West Virginia this year. Find out what is in season in West Virginia now below.

West Virginia Deer Hunting Season

Deer (Buck Firearms)
November 20 to December 3, 2023

Deer (Archery & Crossbow)
September 30 to December 31, 2023

Deer (Antlerless)
Split seasons running from October 26 to December 31, 2023.

Deer (Muzzleloader)
December 11 to December 17, 2023

Deer (Youth) (Split Season)
October 21 to October 22, 2023
December 26 to December 27, 2023

WV Deer Season: Deer Hunting Regulations
West Virginia Hunting Season

West Virginia Turkey Hunting Season

Turkey (Fall) (Split Season) –
October 14 to October 22, 2023
October 30 to November 5, 2023
October 30 to November 19, 2023

Turkey (Spring 2024) (Bearded Only) 
April 15 to May 19, 2024

Turkey (2023 Youth Season) 
April 13 to April 14, 2024

WV Turkey Season: Turkey Hunting Regulations

West Virginia Bear Hunting Season

Bear (Archery & Crossbow)
September 30 to December 31, 2023

Bear (Gun)
Seasons run from September 2 to December 31, 2023 on a county-by-county basis

Bear (Youth)
September 16 to September 17, 2023
October 21 to October 22, 2023

WV Bear Hunting: Bear Hunting Regulations

West Virginia Mountaineer Heritage Season

Hunting For Deer Bear and Turkey in WV with Primitive Weapons – January 11 to January 14, 2024

West Virginia Hunting Season

West Virginia Small Game Hunting Season

Ruffed Grouse – October 14, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Bobwhite Quail (Hunting closed on Tomblin WMA) – November 4, 2023 to January 6, 2024

Cottontail Rabbit – November 4, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Snowshoe or Varying Hare – November 4, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Ring-necked Pheasant (cock birds only) – November 4, 2023 to January 6, 2024

Raccoon (Hunting) – October 14, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Raccoon (Trapping) – November 4, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Red Fox/Gray Fox (Hunting & Trapping) – November 4, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Bobcat (Hunting & Trapping) – November 4 2023 to February 29, 2024

Mink/Muskrat (Trapping) – November 4, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Fisher (Trapping) – November 4, 2023 to January 31, 2024

Beaver (Trapping) – November 4, 2023 to March 31, 2024

Otter (Trapping) – November 4, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Crow (Nuisance Crows) (Split Season) – October 1 to November 13, 2023 & January 1 to March 2, 2024

Coyote (Hunting) – All Year

Coyote (Trapping) – November 4, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Skunk/Opossum/Woodchuck/Weasel/English Sparrow/European Starling/Pigeon – All Year

Skunk/Opossum/Weasel (Trapping) – November 4, 2023 to February 29, 2024


West Virginia Hunting License Cost

Your West Virginia hunting license can be purchased online at WVHunt.com

A resident WV Hunting license costs $19

The cost for a non-resident WV hunting license is $119

Before hunting in West Virginia make sure to purchase your hunting license available online. Always follow the rules and regulations for whichever West Virginia hunting season you are participating in.