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Outdoors notes -- Dec. 23

In Season

Big game

  • Black bears may be hunted with firearms through Dec. 31. The bag limit is one bear per season.
  • White-tailed deer may be hunted with archery equipment through Dec. 31. The bag limit is one deer per season, two with special permit.
  • Wild boar may be hunted with archery equipment through Dec. 31. The bag limit is one boar per season.
  • Small game

  • Cottontail rabbits may be hunted through Feb. 28. The bag limit is five rabbits a day.
  • Snowshoe hares may be hunted through Feb. 28. The bag limit is two hares a day.
  • Raccoons may be hunted through Feb. 28. There is no bag limit.
  • Squirrels may be hunted through Jan. 31. The bag limit is six squirrels a day.
  • Upland birds

  • Ruffed grouse may be hunted through Feb. 28. The bag limit is five grouse a day.
  • Ring-necked pheasants may be hunted through Jan. 5. The bag limit is two pheasants a day.
  • Bobwhite quail may be hunted through Jan. 5. The bag limit is three quail a day.
  • Varmints

  • Red or gray foxes may be hunted through Feb. 28. There is no bag limit.
  • Bobcats may be hunted through Feb. 28. The bag limit is three bobcats a season.
  • Coyotes may be hunted during daylight hours year-round. There is no bag limit.
  • Calendar

    Tuesday

  • Christmas Day! Enjoy your time with friends and family, and get ready to use all those outdoors-themed gifts!
  • Dec. 26

  • West Virginia's antlerless-deer hunting season for youth, handicapped and licensed elderly hunters will begin, one-half hour before sunrise.
  • Dec. 27

  • West Virginia's antlerless-deer hunting season for youth, handicapped and licensed elderly hunters will end, one-half hour after sunset.
  • Dec. 28

  • West Virginia's "family" antlerless-deer season will begin, one-half hour before sunrise.
  • Dec. 31

  • West Virginia's "family" antlerless-deer season will close, one-half hour after sunset.
  • West Virginia's archery seasons for deer and wild boar will close, one-half hour after sunset.
  • West Virginia's firearm season for black bears will close, one-half hour after sunset.

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