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INFORMATION SUMMARY & FAQ

2015-2016 HUNTING AND TRAPPING
REGULATIONS SUMMARY

(Note: Changes in Hunting/Trapping Regulations for 2015-2016 Seasons are in italic/bold type)

DEER SEASONS – ARCHERY AND CROSSBOW

  • Fifty-five (55) counties are open to the archery season and fifty-one (51) counties (excludes Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming) are open to the crossbow season (Sept. 26-Dec. 31, 2015). During the May 2015 Natural Resources Commission meeting, the Commission approved a crossbow deer season which runs concurrently with the archery deer season – please consult the Crossbow Hunting Fact Sheet found on DNR's website (www.wvdnr.gov) for additional information.
  • Deer taken on a base license, license stamp combination or Class RB/RRB stamp during the archery and crossbow deer seasons (Sept. 26-Dec. 31, 2015) may be checked in any order. Therefore, if a hunter desires he may check his first deer on a RB/RRB stamp.
  • In nine (9) counties (or parts thereof), archery and crossbow hunters are required to take an antlerless deer during the archery or crossbow deer seasons prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the archery or crossbow seasons. Please consult hunting and trapping regulations summary for additional details and specific counties.

Q. How many deer can be taken in the four archery-only counties (Logan, McDowell, Mingo & Wyoming)?

Hunters may take two (2) deer - one (1) on the base license and one (1) on an RB or RRB stamp or two (2) on RB or RRB stamps if the first deer was taken in a county open to buck firearms season; however, in any case one (1) of the two (2) deer taken must be an antlerless deer.

Q. How many Class RB/RRB stamps can I purchase and how many deer can I kill?

Archery and crossbow deer hunters may purchase two (2) Class RB/RRB stamps and take two (2) deer on these tags. In select counties (consult hunting and trapping regulations), an antlerless deer must be taken during the archery and crossbow deer season prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the deer archery or crossbow seasons.

Q. I hunt in Lewis County, which is open to antlerless deer hunting. How many deer can I take during the archery and crossbow seasons and are there any specific requirements?

Because Lewis County is open to antlerless deer hunting, with the appropriate stamps (2) RB/RRB stamps or under landowner privilege, bowhunters and crossbow hunters can take up to three (3) deer during the archery and/or crossbow deer season. One (1) deer may be taken on the base license or as a landowner and may be either sex and two (2) deer may be taken on RB/RRB stamps. At least one (1) of the two (2) deer taken on the RB or RRB stamps or as a landowner using those privileges must be an antlerless deer.

Q. Can a hunter substitute a crossbow for a bow during the deer archery season?

Technically no; however the archery and crossbow seasons run concurrently and license requirements are the same for both seasons. Deer of either sex may be hunted statewide with a bow or crossbow during the archery and crossbow seasons, except that crossbows are not permitted in Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties, except by the holders of Class Y/YY permits.

DEER SEASONS – MUZZLELOADER

  • The 6-day muzzleloader deer season will follow the traditional buck firearms season – opening on the Monday following the close of the buck firearms season.
  • Eleven (11) counties or parts thereof are open to 6 days antlered deer only muzzleloader hunting during the Dec. 7-12 season on both the base license and the RM/RRM stamps.
  • Forty (40) counties or part thereof are open to 6 days of either sex muzzleloader hunting during the Dec. 7-12 season on both the base license and the RM/RRM stamps.
  • Seven (7) counties or parts thereof are open to 6 days of either sex muzzleloader hunting during the Dec. 7-12 season on the base license and antlered deer only hunting on the RM/RRM stamps.
  • Deer taken on a base license, license stamp combination or Class RM/RRM stamp during the muzzleloader season may be checked in any order. Therefore, if a hunter desires he may check his first deer on a RM/RRM stamp.

Q. Is there a special bucks-only muzzleloader deer season on Hillcrest WMA and Wilson Cove Area in lieu of the traditional buck firearm deer season?

Yes. The traditional buck firearms hunting season on these areas is closed. Instead, there will be a special buck muzzleloader season Nov. 23 - Dec. 5, 2015. The bag limit for antlered deer is one (1) for all seasons combined.

Q. After taking a buck with a muzzleloader on the Hillcrest WMA during muzzleloader season (Nov. 23 - Dec. 5, 2015) can I harvest an additional deer with my muzzleloader on an RG/RRG stamp?

No. The RG/RRG stamp is not valid for taking a deer during the muzzleloader season. Hillcrest WMA and Wilson Cove Area have an antlered deer bag limit of one (1).

Q. Are scopes allowed on muzzleloaders during the muzzleloader season?

Yes. 

Q. Does a nonresident hunter, possessing a Class E license need a muzzleloader deer hunting stamp (Class VV) in order to participate during the muzzleloader season for bucks in the Wilson Cove SA or Hillcrest WMA?

Yes.

Q. Where is the Wilson Cove special muzzleloader area?

Wilson Cove Area is located in Hardy County on the George Washington National Forest, Wardensville WMA. It is located at the head of Waites Run, approximately 6 miles South of Wardensville following State Route 5/1.

Q. Can I hunt antlerless deer during the antlerless deer season on the Wilson Cove SA or Hillcrest WMA using a conventional rifle?

Yes, except for the early special muzzleloader season (Nov. 23 - Dec. 5, 2015) when deer may only be hunted with a muzzleloader or crossbow. You must have a valid Class N/NN stamp.

Q. After taking a buck with a muzzleloader in the Wilson Cove SA or Hillcrest WMA during the muzzleloader season (Nov. 23 - Dec. 5, 2015), can I take part in the late muzzleloader season for deer of either sex?

Yes, provided you do not hunt antlered deer (The bag limit for antlered deer is one (1) for all seasons combined). You must hunt in an area where either sex hunting is permitted on the RM/RRM stamp and have an unfilled RM/RRM stamp.

DEER SEASONS – ANTLERLESS

  • Forty-seven (47) counties or parts thereof are open to antlerless deer hunting Oct. 22-24, 2015 (private land only) and Nov. 23 - Dec. 5, Dec. 17-19 and Dec. 29-31 on private and public lands.
  • Nine (9) counties or parts thereof are open to antlerless hunting in which three (3) antlerless deer may be taken on Class N/NN licenses. A Class N/NN license is required for each deer taken. However, in these counties, archery and crossbow hunters are required to take an antlerless deer during the archery or crossbow deer season prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the archery or crossbow deer seasons. In addition, in these counties, buck firearms season hunters are required to take an antlerless deer during the antlerless deer season prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the buck firearms deer season.
  • Eighteen (18) counties or parts thereof are open to antlerless hunting in which three (3) antlerless deer may be taken on Class N/NN licenses with the above special regulation not required. A Class N/NN license is required for each deer taken.
  • Thirteen (13) counties or parts thereof are open to antlerless hunting in which one (1) antlerless deer may be taken on Class N/NN licenses. A Class N/NN license is required for each deer taken.
  • Seven (7) counties or parts thereof, 3 wildlife management areas and 2 state forests are open to antlerless deer hunting (prior application required) in which one (1) antlerless deer may be taken on a Class N license. Limited permit counties and/or public lands are open to both residents and non-residents.

Antlerless Deer Season will be open on private land only (Oct. 22-24, 2015) and on private and public land (Nov. 23 - Dec. 5, Dec. 17-19 and Dec. 29-31, 2015) in 47 counties or portions thereof. Resident and non-resident hunters will need to apply for a limited number of antlerless Class N/NN permits for 7 counties or parts thereof, 3 wildlife management areas and 2 state forests. Hunters hunting on a wildlife management area, state forest or county with limited permits must have been selected and issued an eligibility card in addition to the Class N stamp to hunt on the wildlife management area, state forest or county specified on the eligibility card. This is not a hunter's choice season in the counties where the antlerless deer season and the buck firearms season are open at the same time. To hunt antlerless deer a valid Class N/NN stamp is required for all hunters regardless of age except for resident tenants (residing on the property), resident landowners and their resident children hunting on their own land or land of their resident parents and resident parents hunting antlerless deer on their resident children's land; and holders of a Class DT license.

Class N/NN Antlerless Deer Stamps – These stamps are no longer county specific.

Q. Do I need a Class N/NN stamp to hunt antlerless deer during the buck firearms season?

Yes. Unless you are exempt from having to purchase (i.e., resident landowner).

Q. Can I purchase more than one Class N/NN stamp and do I have to purchase it before the antlerless deer season?

A hunter may purchase more than one (1) Class N/NN stamp for the season and counties open to antlerless deer hunting. Only one (1) deer may be taken per Class N/NN stamp. Class N/NN stamps may be purchased anytime.

Q. Can a nine-year-old hunter hunt antlerless deer during the regular antlerless deer season?

All hunters participating in the antlerless deer season regardless of age (with the exception of landowner privilege) are required to purchase a Class N license. However, a youth hunter can now purchase a Class N/NN license (which is not a base license) without having to fulfill the hunter education requirement (i.e. law was changed in 2012 which states that no base hunting license [e.g. Class X, XJ, E, etc.] may be issued to a person born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, without taking a hunter education course).

DEER SEASONS – BUCK FIREARMS

  • Fifty-one (51) counties are open to buck firearms season (Nov. 23 - Dec. 5, 2015). Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming counties are closed.
  • Class RG/RRG Stamps - The Class RG/RRG stamps can only be used to take an additional antlered deer in buck firearms season. Bucks taken on a base license, license stamp combination or Class RG/RRG stamp may be checked in any order. Therefore, if a hunter desires he may check his first buck on a RG/RRG stamp.
  • In nine (9) counties, buck firearms season hunters are required to take an antlerless deer during the antlerless deer season prior to harvesting a second antlered deer during the buck firearms season. Please consult hunting and trapping regulations summary for additional details and specific counties. 

Q. During buck firearms season can a hunter substitute a bow or a crossbow for a firearm without holding an archery license?

Yes. A bow or a crossbow can be substituted for a gun during any firearms season except only a crossbow, not a bow, can be substituted during the muzzleloader deer season. Bow hunters during any firearm deer season must wear 400 sq. in. of blaze orange clothing.

Q. If a hunter harvests a buck on the first day of the buck firearms season on private land in one of the 51 counties or parts thereof open to antlerless deer hunting, can I use my RG or RRG to take an antlerless deer on the second day?

No. The Class RG or RRG stamp is only valid for taking a buck during the buck firearms season. A Class N/NN stamp is required for taking an antlerless deer during the antlerless season.

Q. Can a RG/RRG stamp be used in any county with an antlerless deer season for an additional antlerless deer?

No. The RG/RRG stamps are only valid during the buck firearms season for the taking of antlered deer.

Q. Are all buck firearms season days "either sex" or "hunter's choice"?

No. Hunters must possess a valid Class N/NN stamp to hunt antlerless deer.

DEER SEASONS – YOUTH/CLASS Q/CLASS XS ANTLERLESS DEER SEASON

  • Fifty-one (51) counties are open to the Youth/Class Q/ClassXS antlerless deer season. Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming counties are closed. In addition, all public lands within these 51 counties are open to this season.
  • Season is open to youths (ages 8 to 17), Class Q/QQ license holders and Class XS license holders.

DEER SEASONS – URBAN ARCHERY/CROSSBOW DEER SEASON

  • Incorporated cities, towns and villages may participate in the urban deer archery/crossbow season which runs from Sept. 5 - Dec. 31, 2015. In addition, approved homeowners associations may also participate in this season.
  • The season bag limit is seven (7) deer of which no more than two (2) may be antlered and the first deer must be antlerless.

Q. Can a hunter participating in the urban archery/crossbow deer season harvest two (2) deer per day?

Yes, unless the hunt regulations developed by the municipality prohibit the taking of two (2) deer per day. Hunters should consult the municipality regulations for additional information.

Q. Are crossbows permitted for use in the urban archery/crossbow deer season?

During the May, 2015 Natural Resources Commission meeting, the Commission approved crossbows for use during this special season. However, hunters participating in this special season should consult the municipality regulations for additional information to make sure they are permitted by the regulations developed by the city governing body.

GENERAL DEER INFORMATION

Older-Aged Deer Management Areas – Beech Fork Lake, Bluestone Lake, Burnsville Lake, and McClintic Wildlife Management Areas, and Calvin Priceand Coopers Rock State Forests have been designated older aged deer management areas and feeding and baiting for deer and other wildlife is prohibited. All antlered deer taken must have a minimum outside antler spread of 14 inches. The annual antlered deer bag limit is one (1) for archery, crossbow and firearms seasons combined.

Antlered Deer Annual Bag Limit – No more than three (3) antlered deer (bucks) may be taken during the year in all seasons combined with appropriate licenses.

Q. What is the daily bag limit for deer?

The daily bag limit for deer was increased in 2013, and up to two (2) deer may be taken per day (not to exceed the season bag limit), but only one (1) antlered deer may be taken in a day.

Q. If a hunter harvests two deer in a day, does the first deer have to be electronically registered prior to pursuing the second deer?

No. The first deer does not have to be electronically registered prior to harvesting the second deer. However, all deer legally taken must be electronically registered and legally tagged prior to hunting during a subsequent day.

Q. What is a CWD Containment Area and where is it located?

A "CWD Containment Area" is an area designated by the Director of the Division of Natural Resources where deer have been found, or are in close proximity, to animals being infected with chronic wasting disease. The purpose of a containment area is to manage, control, eradicate and/or prevent the spread of the disease. The CWD Containment Area has been changed in 2015 and includes all of Hampshire, Hardy, and Morgan (carcass transport & baiting and feeding restrictions) and Berkeley, Grant, Jefferson, Mineral counties (baiting and feeding restriction only).  

Q. Is baiting for deer legal?

Yes, with the following exceptions: baiting is prohibited in the CWD Containment Area; the older-aged deer management areas (McClintic, Beech Fork, Bluestone, Burnsville WMAs and Calvin Price and Coopers Rock State Forests) and on public lands during the period from Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 and during the spring gobbler season. 

Q. Can a crossbow be substituted for a gun during the buck firearms, muzzleloader or antlerless deer seasons?

Yes. 

Q. Which deer hunting stamps are required to be purchased prior to the season opening date?

The RB and RRB stamps are required to be purchased prior to the deer archery and crossbow season's opening date (Sept. 26, 2015); RG and RRG stamps prior to the buck firearms season opening date (Nov. 23, 2015); and RM and RRM stamps prior to the deer muzzleloader season opening date (Dec. 7, 2015). Antlerless deer stamps (Class N or NN) may be purchased at any time.

BLACK BEAR SEASONS/REGULATIONS

  • Black bear archery and crossbow seasons are a split season running from Sept. 26 - Nov. 21, 2015 and Dec. 7-31, 2015.
  • Black bear gun seasons – A special September and October bear firearms season and a bear firearms season (by permit only) running concurrent with the deer firearms season will again be in place for 2015. Please consult the 2015-2016 hunting and trapping regulations summary for additional details.
  • A special controlled black bear season will be held on Nathaniel Mountain and Short Mountain WMAs - parties interested in hunting with dogs must apply for a permit during the period from Oct 1-31, 2015. Permit application can be made on line at www.wvhunt.com or at any license agent 

Q. As a WV resident do I need any licenses to bear hunt on my own property?

No. But if you decide to hunt on your neighbor's property (private or public), you need the appropriate hunting licenses. 

Q. Is bear hunting legal during the antlerless and muzzleloader deer seasons in December?

Yes, as long as the hunter has the proper license to hunt bear.

Q. Is baiting for bear legal in WV?

No.

Q. Are resident senior citizens required to purchase a bear damage stamp?

No. Resident bear hunters who are over 65 years of age (includes Class XS license holders) are not required to purchase a bear damage license (Class DS).

Q. If I want to bear hunt without dogs during the special black bear season on Nathaniel Mountain or Short Mountain WMAs, am I required to apply for a permit?

No, only those hunters utilizing dogs are required to apply for a permit.

Q. What is the bag and season limits on black bears?

The daily bag limit is one (1) bear per day with a season bag limit of two (2) bears, provided at least one (1) bear comes from Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh or Wyoming counties.

Q. Is it legal to hunt bears during the buck firearms season?

Yes, in select counties; private and public lands in eighteen (18) counties are open to concurrent bear hunting in which prior application for a limited number of permits is required. An additional eleven (11) counties (private and public lands) are open to concurrent hunting in which prior application for a permit is not required.

Q. How many permits will be issued for the 18 counties where by permit only there will be concurrent buck firearms and bear hunting without dogs? 

The number of limited bear permits for each county will be determined later this fall after the mast survey information has been analyzed. This is necessary as mast conditions have a significant impact on bear gun and archery harvests.

WILD TURKEY – FALL SEASON/REGULATIONS

  • Thirteen (13) counties are open to a 1-week fall turkey season (Oct. 10-17, 2015).
  • Six (6) counties are open to a split 2-week fall turkey season (Oct. 10-17 and Oct. 26-31, 2015).
  • Fourteen (14) counties are open to a split 4-week fall turkey season (October 10-17 and Oct. 26 - Nov. 14, 2015).

Q. Is the baiting for turkeys legal in WV during the spring or fall turkey season?

No. Baiting for turkeys in both the spring and fall hunting seasons is prohibited.

WILD TURKEY - SPRING SEASONS/REGULATIONS

  • Statewide spring gobbler season from April 18 - May 14, 2016. (During the May 2015 Natural Resources Commission meeting, the Commission approved moving the opening date of the spring gobbler season from the 4th Monday of April to the 3rd Monday of April).
  • One day (April 16, 2016) statewide youth spring gobbler season for youth between ages of 8 and 17. 

Q. Can rifles be used during the youth spring gobbler season?

No, only shotguns using shot size no larger than #4 or smaller than #7 ½ are permitted.

Q. Can XS license holders participate in the youth spring gobbler season?

No, Class XS license holders are only permitted to hunt in the youth antlerless deer season, the Class XS license privilege does not apply to other youth seasons (e.g. youth spring gobbler season, youth small game season).

GENERAL HUNTING/TRAPPING INFORMATION

Counties Open to Sunday Hunting - As of June 5, 2015, private land in the following twenty-one (21) counties is open to Sunday Hunting: Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Calhoun, Clay, Hancock, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Marshall, Mason, Mingo, Nicholas, Ohio, Roane, Wayne, Webster, Wirt, Wetzel, and Wyoming counties. (Note: counties open to Sunday hunting is subject to change and hunters should contact their county government officials to verify whether the county is opened to Sunday hunting).

Hunters and trappers must follow new rules for the electronic checking of game. These rules no longer require the hunter or trapper to take the game or furbearers to an official game checking station. Please consult the 2015-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for additional details.

The statewide squirrel hunting season opens on Sept. 12, 2015 and runs through Jan. 31, 2016.

A Lifetime Senior/Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class XS) is required of all resident hunters, trappers and anglers who reach 65 years of age on or after Jan. 1, 2012 (with the exception of landowners and lifetime license holders).

Resident and Non-resident Apprentice Hunting/Trapping/Fishing licenses are available as of Jan. 1, 2013. These licenses will allow a person who wants to try hunting without taking a hunter education course to do so. However, stipulations apply, including that an individual must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter and must not have purchased a base hunting license in previous years. See hunting and trapping regulation summary for additional details.

Law relating to the discharging of firearms in the vicinity of dwellings was modified in 2013 - It is illegal to shoot a firearm within 500 feet of a school, church or dwelling, or on or near a park or other place where persons are gathered for pleasure; provided, a resident or guest of a dwelling may shoot a firearm within 500 feet of the dwelling where the person lives, if all residents of the dwelling consent and no other dwellings are within 500 feet. 

OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

NONRESIDENT HUNTERS

Q. Is the buck season a hunter's choice season?

No. Hunters must possess a valid Class NN stamp to hunt antlerless deer. The 2015 antlerless deer season will be open to nonresidents on Oct. 22-24, 2015 (private land only) and on private and public land during Nov. 23 - Dec.5, Dec. 17-19 and Dec. 29-31, 2015, in 47 counties or parts thereof. This is not a hunter's choice season in the counties where the antlerless deer season is open at the same time as the buck firearms season. Hunters may take two (2) deer per day (if they have the appropriate licenses and/or permits); however, only one (1) antlered deer may be taken on any given day.

Q. I'm a nonresident and I am coming to WV to hunt deer. Does my 14 year old son need a license?

Yes. All nonresidents (except those who have a WV lifetime license), regardless of age, are required to possess a nonresident license. Both resident and nonresident hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, must show proof of completing a certified hunter education course prior to purchasing a base license. Nonresident hunters between the ages of 8 and 17 may purchase a nonresident junior sportsman license (XXJ) for $16 along with a CS/LE stamp for $13 to take one (1) buck gun, one (1) archery or crossbow, and one (1) muzzleloader deer (during the traditional seasons). Additional licenses are required to hunt antlerless deer and to take additional archery and firearm deer.

Q. I live in Ohio and I own property in Marion County. Can I hunt without a license on my own property?

No. Nonresidents, even though they own and pay taxes on property in WV, cannot hunt on the property they own in WV without first obtaining a nonresident license. 

Q. I am a nonresident and possess Class E, CS/LE stamps. Am I required to purchase a Class UU stamp if I substitute my bow or crossbow for a gun during a regular gun season?

No, except that a bow may not be substituted for a gun during the muzzleloader season. 

Q. I purchased a Class X license in January and moved to PA in June. Can I still hunt as a WV resident in November?

Yes. A resident, who purchased a license during the year and holds a valid resident license when he moves out of the state, may continue to use the resident license for the rest of the calendar year. Only senior citizens over 65, Class Q and veterans surrender their hunting privileges when leaving the state. 

Q. I am a nonresident and only want to hunt bear, what licenses do I need?

Nonresidents who plan to hunt only bear must purchase a nonresident bear hunting license Class EE ($162), a Bear Damage Stamp DS ($10), and a Conservation/Law Enforcement Stamp ($13), unless they hold a Class DT license. A Class I ($2) stamp is needed for hunting on a National Forest. To hunt other species, a nonresident must have a Class E ($119) license and appropriate stamps. 

Q. What is the CS/LE Stamp?

The Conservation/Law Enforcement Stamp (CS/LE) is required of all nonresident hunters, anglers and trappers along with a base license that applies to the type of hunting (i.e., Class E, EE, or H). Funds derived from the sale will pay for expenses relating to general enforcement of state laws pertaining to the conservation of fish, wildlife and/or law enforcement education programs. 

Q. I am a handicapped nonresident hunter. Can I participate in the special Class Q hunts for deer in WV?

Yes, provided you qualify for and obtain a Class Q hunting permit from the state of WV and purchase the appropriate licenses (i.e., Class E and Class CS/LE). 

RESIDENT LANDOWNER 

Q. How many deer can I kill on my own property?

A resident landowner on his own property can kill the same number of deer as a licensed hunter and no more. A hunter (licensee or landowner) cannot exceed the number of deer allowed in the respective season. 

Q. I bought a Class X Hunting and Fishing license and own property in Brooke County. Can I kill my first deer as a licensed hunter and then kill my additional deer as a landowner?

Yes. However, the additional deer must be killed on your own land. 

Q. I bought a Class X Hunting and Fishing license and own property in Brooke County. Can I kill my first buck during the buck-firearms season as a landowner and then kill an additional deer on a Class X license on my buddy's property?

Yes. The hunter may kill his first deer as a landowner (fulfilling his RG privilege) and his additional deer on his Class X license. 

Q. I am a West Virginia resident; can I hunt without a license on my resident parents' property?

Yes. WV resident children may hunt on their resident parents' property without a license. Resident parents may hunt on their resident children's property without a license. 

Q. Are landowners exempt from field tagging game?

No. A landowner or hunter must complete a field tag before moving the animal from where it was killed, but now has the option of attaching the tag to the deer or staying with the animal and keeping the completed field tag on their person. Immediately upon arriving at their residence, camp, hunting lodge, vehicle or vessel the field tag must be attached to the carcass and remain there until the animal is retagged with a DNR-issued game tag number.

Q. Does a resident under the age of 15 have to be accompanied by a licensed hunter or equivalent when hunting on his resident parents' property?

Yes, unless the person under the age of 15 actually owns the land.

LIFETIME LICENSE

Q. I now reside in Ohio and possess a West Virginia lifetime license; do I need a Waterfowl Stamp?

A federal migratory waterfowl stamp and a harvest information program (HIP) card are required. 

Q. I now reside in Ohio and possess a West Virginia lifetime license and want to antlerless deer hunt. What stamp do I buy, and can I hunt in counties that are only open to residents?

You buy a resident Class N stamp and you can hunt in counties open to residents or nonresidents; however, to hunt in one of the limited wildlife management areas, state forests or counties, you must have been selected and issued an eligibility card in addition to the Class N stamp.

MILITARY LICENSE

Q. What licenses does a nonresident military person have to purchase?

All licenses that a nonresident has to obtain.

Q. I'm on military leave and when I joined the military, I was a resident of PA. Can I hunt in WV without a license?

No. 

Q. I'm on military leave and when I joined the military, I was a resident of West Virginia. Can I hunt in WV without a license?

Yes. However, he/she must purchase the additional resident stamps (i.e., A1, N, RG, RM and RB) that are not included with free license privileges. Active military leave or furlough papers must be carried in lieu of a hunting license. 

GENERAL 

Q. Is a person who holds a Class Q permit exempt from buying other licenses?

No. The Class Q permittee is required to purchase all pertinent resident or nonresident licenses required for the hunting they wish to do. 

Q. Can a hunter who possesses a concealed weapons permit carry a concealed weapon while hunting?

Individuals who possess a valid concealed carrying permit may carry a concealed handgun while hunting for the purposes of self defense only.

Q. Can my 16 year old son participate in the youth spring turkey season?

Yes. Youth hunters (ages 8 to 17) may participate in this season. However, all licensing requirements remain in effect for ages 15-17

COYOTE HUNTING

Q. Can I hunt coyotes and foxes at night with an artificial light?

Coyote hunting with any color artificial lightis permitted from Jan. 1 - July 31, 2016. Firearms are restricted to rifles and pistols of .22 centerfire caliber or smaller and shotguns with No. 2 or smaller shot. In addition, fox are permitted to be hunted with artificial lights from Jan. 1 - Feb. 29, 2016.

WATERFOWL HUNTING

Q. If I want to waterfowl hunt on my own property, am I required to buy a federal migratory waterfowl stamp?

Yes. All hunters 16 years of age or older, whether they are hunting on their own land or on lands of another party, are required to purchase a federal migratory waterfowl stamp and obtain a harvest information program (HIP) card.

Q. Are senior citizens or underage hunters required to purchase a federal migratory waterfowl stamp?

All hunters 16 years of age or older are required to purchase a federal migratory waterfowl stamp and obtain a harvest information program (HIP) card.


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