Deer Hunting in West Virginia

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  • B
  • 640,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 281,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $29 and Up

    Additional licenses and stamps required for different seasons and weapons.

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $159 and Up

    License is $119 plus $13 for a Conservation/Law Enforcement Stamp. Deer stamps range from $27 to $43.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 188 7/8”

    Taken by Chad K. Scyphers in McDowell County in 2014.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 36

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 231 5/8"

    Taken by Charles McLaughlin in Wayne County in 1997.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 15

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Myran Copley with his big West Virginia buck. (Photo courtesy of Myran Copley)

Season Dates (2018):

Season dates were not available at the time of publishing. The buck firearm season typically runs from the end of November to early December. Antlerless seasons vary. Archery and crossbow season generally runs from the end of September to the end of December. Muzzleloader season most often falls in early December. Youth season is in mid October. Check DNR regulations to confirm.

The Grade: B

West Virginia garners a solid B, not so much for trophy buck potential, but for its wealth of public land and deer hunting opportunity. The state has an impressive amount of land available in WMAs plus several state forests. If that is not enough, there are also three national forests. Hunting success for whitetails is excellent in West Virginia and plenty of quality bucks are taken each year, although true Booner bucks are taken less frequently.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

There is not really a lot of thought required to pursue a trophy buck in West Virginia. A trophy class animal could obviously turn up most anywhere on occasion, but the area of the state with the best chance of scoring a trophy is the portion of the state bordering the Kentucky state line. Particular counties to consider are Mingo, McDowell and Logan. But be forewarned; this is rough territory. There are also six management areas with a one-buck limit and a spread limit in place to help increase the number of older class animals.


West Virginia Harvests

  • Clayton Hacker

    Jackson County, West Virginia

From the Realtree Trophy Den