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WVDNR announces updated hunting regulations for 2024-25 seasons

SOUTH CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) has announced updated hunting regulations for the 2024-25 seasons for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and black bear. These changes will go into effect on July 1, according to the WVDNR’s latest Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

“With West Virginia’s world-class deer seasons and other small and big game hunting opportunities, hunters have a lot to look forward to this fall, so we want to encourage everyone to review these important changes and plan accordingly,” said WVDNR Director Brett McMillion.

The updated regulations summary can be downloaded from WVdnr.gov/hunting-regulations. Printed copies will be available at local hunting and fishing license agents, WVDNR district offices, Elkins Operation Center, and the South Charleston headquarters by July 1.

Key changes include:

  • Altered antlerless deer season dates and open counties (see pages 15-20).
  • Revised fall wild turkey season dates and open counties (see page 44).
  • Updated season dates and open counties for black bear firearms hunting (see page 41).
  • A new annual antlered deer bag limit of two for all regular deer seasons combined, with an allowance of three antlered deer in a West Virginia CWD Containment Area for Class XS license holders.
  • New deer carcass transport regulations for Jefferson County.
  • Permitted coyote night hunting on private land with written consent from the landowner from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31.

In addition to these updates, hunters are reminded to purchase their 2024 West Virginia hunting license and stamps before the fall seasons begin. Licenses and stamps can be bought at WVhunt.com. For more information about the WVDNR’s license products, such as durable license cards, visit WVdnr.gov/2024-licenses.

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