West Virginia wild boar firearms season to open Oct. 23

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The first split of the wild boar firearms season will be open Oct. 23-30 in Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).

“Wild boars are dependent on hard mast crops,” said Colin Carpenter, research biologist for the WVDNR. “Beech, hickory and chestnut oak are the main hard mast crops available in the boar counties in 2021 and boars will take advantage of these food sources. Hunters would be wise to begin their search for boar sign in stands of beech.”

Only West Virginia residents are allowed to hunt wild boar and no special permit is required. Hunters are reminded that if they are hunting in a county open to any firearms deer hunting, they must wear 400 square inches of blaze orange over their outer clothing while the deer firearm season is open.

The second split of the wild boar firearms season will take place Feb. 4-6, 2022. Details concerning wild boar hunting seasons can be found on page 43 of the 2021-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which is available at WVDNR district offices, WVDNR license agents and online at WVdnr.gov.