The statewide archery deer season will open on Sept. 29 and run through Dec. 31.
The statewide archery bear season will open earlier this year and be a split season that includes the following days: Sept. 29 to Nov. 17 and Dec. 3-31.
Ten counties or portions thereof will have special antlerless deer regulations in place this fall. Within these 10 counties, archery deer hunters will be required to take an antlerless deer during the archery deer season prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the archery deer season. In addition, buck firearms season hunters will be required to take an antlerless deer during the antlerless firearms season prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the buck firearms season.
Black bear firearms hunting seasons will include nine counties open from Sept. 24-26; 12 counties open from Sept. 24-29; eight counties open from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1 during the buck firearms season; and all 55 counties open from Dec. 3-31.
The fall wild turkey hunting season will be expanded this year, with 15 counties open from Oct. 13-20; seven counties open from Oct. 13-20 and Oct. 29 to Nov. 3; 14 counties open from Oct. 13-20 and Oct. 29 to Nov. 17.
The regulations brochures are available now at all West Virginia hunting- and fishing-license agents, DNR district offices, the DNR Elkins Operations Center and the DNR's South Charleston headquarters.
Reach John McCoy at johnmc...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1231.