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Several changes made in 2017-18 hunting seasons

Several changes made in 2017-18 hunting seasons

By West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Several important changes in the state's fall hunting seasons for deer, black bear and wild turkey are included in the new 2017–2018 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

Important changes for 2017–2018 include:
• Sunday hunting on private land is now legal in all 55 counties only with written permission from the landowner.
• All deer harvested by hunters Nov. 20–21, 2017, in Hampshire, Mason and Upshur counties are required to be brought to a designated Biological Game Examination Station. Refer to the new Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary brochure for the Biological Game Examination Station locations in those counties.

Since the regulations were distributed, two corrections have been made and are now available online.

The first change is that Boone, Fayette, Kanawha and Raleigh counties are open for concurrent buck deer and bear hunting during the buck firearms season Nov. 20–Dec. 2. No prior application is required and hunters may participate with the appropriate hunting license and a bear damage stamp.

The other change deals with deer hunting on McClintic Wildlife Management Area in Mason County. The annual bag limit for antlered deer on the area is one deer, not three. The Antlerless Season bag limit is three, instead of one.

The publication is available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents and Division of Natural Resources district offices, as well as the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. It also is available online.

Copyright 2018 by Buckmasters, Ltd.

Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd