Hunting ResourcesBefore you make your way into the woods of Almost Heaven for a hunt, make sure you know the best locations, regulations and dates throughout the year. With a proper license from West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, state forests are open to hunting during both small and big game seasons and make for an adventurous hunting destination.
In the course of the past year, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) officials have partnered with The Conservation Fund to acquire 31,218 acres of public land. Located mainly in the west-central region of the state—the properties are in Calhoun, Doddridge, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties.
State forests offer wonderful public hunting opportunities:
- Cabwaylingo State Forest
- Calvin Price State Forest
- Coopers Rock State Forest
- Greenbrier State Forest
- Kanawha State Forest
- Kumbrabow State Forest
- Panther State Forest
- Seneca State Forest
While state parks are closed to public hunting, many are located near wonderful public hunting lands. Several state parks offer controlled deer hunting opportunities during designated time periods by application only:
- Beech Fork State Park
- Cacapon Resort State Park
- Canaan Valley Resort State Park
- North Bend State Park
- Pipestem Resort State Park
- Twin Falls Resort State Park
- Watoga State Park
Looking for some places to hunt? Here are 3 spots known for incredible hunting opportunities:
- Mountain Meadow Hunting Preserve in Greenville is a privately owned and operated high fenced hunting preserve that offers big game hunts for trophy whitetail deer, fallow deer, red stag, and wild boar.
- Land Baron Outfitters in Palestine is one of West Virginia’s best hunting farms. Land Baron Outfitters provides whitetail deer and turkey hunts with exclusive access to over 236 acres of property.
- Wilderness Ridge Farm located in Southside provides 100 acres of private hunting on their family farm as well the opportunity to lodge in their 1,250 sq. ft. log cabin. At Wilderness Ridge Farm you can hunt for whitetail deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl and other small game.
Practice Your Aim
Ready to take that hunting trip but need to brush up on your skills? West Virginia has various places that offer shooting and archery ranges to help you hone in on your talent.
It’s important to note that hunting regulations are subject to change, check www.WVdnr.gov for the most up-to-date hunting information.
Retreat into the wilderness and you’ll find a vast population of challenging game to hunt.
Find an Outfitter
4 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in West Virginia
Thanksgiving in West Virginia is time for family and fun. From exploring waterfalls to preparing meals in a cozy cabin, enjoy these activiti…Read More
Spring Turkey Season: Key Things to Know in West Virginia
While spring brings opportunity for outdoor activities like hiking, fishing and rafting, it also brings the opportunity for hunting. Spring…Read More
Did you know about West Virginia’s bow-only hunting?
While West Virginia is known statewide for its incredible hunting seasons, several southern counties stand out for one interesting reason. M…Read More
Your guide to hunting in West Virginia
West Virginia has rightfully earned the title of “Wild and Wonderful.” With abundant wildlife, West Virginia is a haven for outdoorsmen of…Read More
Everything you need to know about Youth Hunting in West Virginia
Hunting in West Virginia is a time-honored tradition that has been passed down for generations. In fact, there are even special days dedicat…Read More
In fall, this family orchard becomes a bird hunting haven
Twin Ridge Upland Bird Farm’s small game preserve keeps hunting tradition thriving in West Virginia. “We’ve always hunted…Read More