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2018 - 2019 Deer Hunting Regulations


LICENSE REQUIREMENTS RESIDENT DEER HUNTING LICENSE PRIVILEGES WITH---
Annual Class X and Class XJ, Lifetime Class A-L and AB-L, Class C, Military, Disabled Veteran, former POW, Senior Citizen and Under-age: entitle a hunter to take one deer during the archery season, one antlered deer during the bucks-only season and one deer during the muzzleloader season. ADDITIONAL LICENSES MUST BE PURCHASED:
  • To hunt an additional deer in deer firearm seasons - Class RG
  • To archery hunt an additional deer -Class RB
  • To hunt antlerless deer in the antlerless season - Class N
  • To hunt with a handgun - Class A1
RESIDENT DEER HUNTING LICENSE PRIVILEGES WITH---
Annual Class A, Class AB and Class Q (Must also have a Class CS): entitles the hunter to hunt one antlered deer during the bucks-only season. ADDITIONAL LICENSES MUST BE PURCHASED:
  • To hunt an additional deer in deer firearm seasons - Class RG
  • To archery hunt deer - Class U
  • To archery hunt an additional deer - Class RB
  • To muzzleloader hunt deer in muzzleloader season - Class V
  • To hunt antlerless deer in the antlerless season - Class N
  • To hunt on national forest lands-Class I
  • To hunt with a handgun - Class A1
RESIDENT LANDOWNER PRIVILEGES:
WV resident landowners may hunt on their own land without obtaining a license. See definition of resident landowner. A resident landowner hunting on his/her own land without a license can take the same number of deer as a licensed hunter. A hunter (licensee or landowner) cannot take more than the number of deer allowed in the respective seasons. After killing a deer as a landowner, a person cannot take another deer by use of a license for which the privilege has already been used. EXAMPLE - if a landowner has a Class X, A or AB license and kills a deer on his own land during a deer season, the landowner cannot use the Class X, A or AB license to kill another deer. He/she can check the deer in as a landowner kill or on the Class X, A or AB license. Either way, the Class X, A or AB privilege has been used for that season. NONRESIDENT DEER HUNTING LICENSE PRIVILEGES
All nonresidents, regardless of age or landowner status, must purchase an annual Class E, a Class CS and a Class LE license which entitles the holder to hunt one antlered deer during the bucks-only season. ADDITIONAL LICENSES MUST BE PURCHASED:
  • To hunt an additional deer in deer firearm seasons - Class RRG
  • To archery hunt deer - Class UU
  • To archery hunt an additional deer - Class RRB
  • To muzzleloader hunt deer in muzzleloader season - Class VV
  • To hunt antlerless deer in the antlerless season - Class N
  • To hunt on national forest lands - Class I
  • To hunt with a handgun - Class A1


FIREARMS/BOWS AND EQUIPMENT
It is illegal to hunt deer with:
  • A shotgun using ammunition loaded with more than one solid ball, or a rifle using rimfire ammunition of less than .25 caliber.
  • A fully automatic rifle, shotgun or handgun.
  • A handgun using a straight-walled case of less than .357 magnum cartridge or a bottle-necked case of less than .24 caliber.
  • A muzzleloader of less than .38 caliber.
HUNTING HOURS AND RESTRICTIONS
After a person has killed a deer they may not participate further in hunting deer with either a bow or firearm the remainder of the day. After killing the legal limit of deer, a successful hunter, except those legally hunting bear, shall not be afield with any firearm with solid ball ammunition or shot shells containing larger than No. 4 shot. FIELD TAGGING AND TRANSPORTING
Each person killing a deer must, within one hour and before moving the carcass from where it was killed, complete and attach a game field tag. This tag must bear the hunter's name, address, hunting license number (if required) and the date, time and county of kill. The field tag must remain on the carcass until it is dressed for consumption. The unskinned carcass or the fresh skin and head of each deer, shall be delivered to a conservation officer or an official checking station for checking and retagging before it is transported beyond the county adjacent to the county of kill and within 72 hours from when it was killed or 24 hours from the close of the respective season, whichever comes first. COMMON VIOLATIONS
Following are the most common violations observed by Conservation Officers during the deer hunting seasons:
  • Hunting without license
  • Improper license
  • Making false application for license
  • Loaded gun in a vehicle
  • Failure to field tag deer
  • Illegal possession of wildlife
  • Hunting without permission
  • Exceeding the limits
REGULATIONS MEETING SCHEDULE
March 19, 2001 -- Charleston, Middlebourne, Summersville
March 20, 2001 -- Franklin, Glen Dale, Huntington, Elkins, Twin Falls State Park, Grantsville
March 21, 2001 -- Fairmont, Martinsburg, Parkersburg, Lewisburg
March 22, 2001 -- Logan, Ripley, Moorefield, Oak Hill Back to Regulations Page



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