WVDNR releases new hunting regulations

West Virginia state seal. Used by written permission by Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff of West Virginia Chuck Flannery

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released new hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and black bear that will go into effect on July 1.

Some of the major changes include a limit of two antlered deer bags unless in a West Virginia CWD Containment Area where three antlered deer may be taken by Class XS license holders.

Hunters in nine counties including Berkely, Jefferson, and Hampshire counties will be required to kill an antlerless deer in the county before killing a second antlered deer in the county.

Another change in Jefferson County includes new transport regulations for deer carcasses due to the confirmed spread of chronic wasting disease in the region.

Hunting season dates have also changed for antlerless deer and fall wild turkey season and Jefferson County has been removed from the late October-early November turkey hunting season.

A full list of the new dates and other changes is available here.

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CWD found in deer in Vienna

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has confirmed a case of chronic wasting disease in an adult male deer legally harvested in Vienna.

The deer was originally taken to a taxidermist in October of 2022 where the DWR obtained a sample as part of their regular surveillance efforts.

The deer originally showed no signs of disease and appeared in good condition. CWD is a progressive disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and other tissues while causing drastic weight loss, lack of coordination, excessive thirst, and lack of fear of people.

No regulatory changes will be made until the end of hunting season but the DWR recommends to not transport carcasses out of Fairfax County and to double bag deer parts and place them in the landfill.

CWD testing is available as well with locations found here.

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