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West Virginia

Hunting

Licenses & Fees

Purchasing a License in 2021-2022

Licenses may be obtained as follows:

  1. At approximately 175 retail agent locations throughout the state and designated county clerks offices. ($3 issuing fee for first purchase and $1 for subsequent purchases.)
  2. www.WVhunt.com(Official DNR website – $2 fee per transaction.)
  3. Directly from the Hunting and Fishing License Unit by phoning (304) 558-2758. ($2 fee per transaction.)

For additional information, please contact:

Hunting and Fishing License Unit West Virginia Division of Natural Resources 324 4th Avenue South Charleston, West Virginia 25303 (304) 558-2758

wvdnrcustomerservice@wv.gov

Residents

UNDER THE AGE OF 15

may hunt or trap without a license when accompanied by a licensed adult who remains in a position near enough to render advice and assistance.

Licenses required:

  • to hunt antlerless deer: Class N
  • to hunt additional deer: Class RG (buck), RM (muzzleloader season), RB (archery and crossbow)

65 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, WHO HAVE ATTAINED THAT AGE PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2012

must carry a West Virginia driver’s license or photo ID card issued by the DMV to hunt, trap or fish.Licenses required:

  • to hunt antlerless deer: Class N
  • to hunt additional deer: Class RG (buck), RM (muzzleloader season), RB (a rchery and crossbow)
  • to hunt with a handgun: Class A1
  • to hunt waterfowl:Federal Migratory Water fowl St a mp
  • to hunt waterfowl or migratory birds: free HIP card

65 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, WHO HAVE ATTAINED THAT AGE ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2012

Licenses required:

  • to hunt or trap: Class XS
  • to hunt antlerless deer: Class N*
  • to hunt additional deer: Class RG (buck), RM (muzzleloader season), RB (a rchery and crossbow)
  • to hunt with a handgun: Class A1
  • to hunt waterfowl:Federal Migratory Water fowl St a mp
  • to hunt waterfowl or migratory birds: free HIP card

* Not required during the Special Split Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS antlerless deer season.

Hunting, trapping and fishing Licenses are good for the calendar year. You must purchase new licenses at the beginning of each year. All licensed hunters must carry a valid form of identification while hunting/trapping.

Resident Licenses

Conservation Stamp(Class CS): .......................................................$5

Required for licensed hunters and anglers except holders of Class X, X3, XP, XJ, XS, AHJ, A-L, B-L, and AB-L licenses

Hunting and Trapping (Class A): ......................................................$19

Apprentice Hunting and Trapping License (Class AH):..............$19

Same privileges as Class A, but completion of hunter safety course not required

Sportsman Hunting/Fishing/Trapping (Class X):........................$35

For ages 18 through 64. Includes privileges of Conservation Stamp, Class A, B and BG licenses

Sportsman Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Plus (Class XP): ....................$45

Annual license that also includes the trout stamp

Sportsman Hunting/Fishing/Trapping 3-year (Class X3): .........$105

A three-year Sportsman license

Sportsman Hunting/Fishing/Trapping Plus 3-year (Class XP3): .......................................................................$135

A three-year Sportsman license that also includes the trout stamp

Junior Sportsman Hunting/Fishing/Trapping (Class XJ): .........$16

Similar to Class X, but for ages 15 through 17

Apprentice Junior Hunting/Trapping/Fishing (Class AHJ): .......................................................................$16

Same privileges as Class XJ, for ages 15-17 and completion of hunter safety course not required

Antlerless Deer Hunting Stamp (Class N):.....................................$10

Must be accompanied by a Class A, AH, AHJ, A-L, AB-L, X, X3, XP, XS, XJ or free license

Additional Archery Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RB): .................$21

Must be accompanied by a Class A+BG, AH+BG, AHJ, A-L, AB-L, X, X3, XP, XS, XJ or free license. Required by crossbow hunters for an additional deer. The Class RB stamp must be purchased prior to the opening of the statewide archery season.

Additional Firearms Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RG):...............$21

Must be accompanied by a Class A, AH, AHJ, A-L, AB-L, X, X3, XP, XS, XJ or free license. The Class RG stamp must be purchased prior to the opening of buck firearms season.

Additional Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RM):............$16

Must be accompanied by a Class A+BG, AH+BG, AHJ, A-L, AB-L, X, X3, XP, XS, XJ or free license. The Class RM stamp must be purchased prior to the opening of the muzzleloader season.

Resident Big Game Stamp (Class BG):.............................................$10

Required of Class A or AH license holders to hunt deer during the archery, crossbow and muzzleloader deer seasons, and to hunt bear (must also have Class DS), wild turkey and wild boar.

Lifetime Licenses

Resident lifetime hunting, trapping and fishing licenses serve in lieu of the equivalent annual license; applications are available at DNR offices, license agents and online at WVdnr.gov.

Resident seniors who previously have made a resident purchase through a license agent or at a DNR office may buy a senior lifetime license online at WVdnr.gov. Non-resident, full-time students of any West Virginia college or university are eligible to purchase lifetime licenses.

Combination Hunting, Trapping and Fishing (Class AB-L):...$805

Combination Hunting, Trapping and Fishing - Child (Class AB-L)*

Under age 1:.............................................................................$322.00

Age 1 to under 5:....................................................................$442.75

Age 5 to under 10:..................................................................$603.75

Age 10 to under 15:................................................................$724.50

Hunting and Trapping (Class A-L): ................................................$782

Hunting and Trapping - Child (Class A-L)*:

Under age 1:.............................................................................$312 .80

Age 1 to under 5:....................................................................$430.10

Age 5 to under 10:.................................................................$ 586.50

Age 10 to under 15:................................................................$703.80

Senior Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class XS): ...............$25

Required for resident hunters and anglers who have reached 65 years of age on or after January 1, 2012, except holders of Class A-L and AB-L licenses, which still require other stamp purchases (for example, bear damage and trout stamps)

Small Arms Hunting (Class A1-L):...................................................$75

For ages 21 and older

Class BG License and Conservation Stamp not required with the Class AB-L, A-L and XS Lifetime Licenses.

* The above lifetime license fee schedule for a child under 15 also applies to children who have been legally adopted or legally placed in foster care. Conservation Stamp not required.

Resident/Nonresident Licenses

Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS): .......................................................$10

Required to hunt or chase bear. Must be accompanied by Class A+BG, AH+BG, AHJ, A-L, AB-L, EE, X, X3, XP, XJ or C license.

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP):............FREE

Required of all licensed migratory bird hunters

Small Arms Hunting Stamp (Class A1): ............................................$8

For ages 21 or older. Must be accompanied by a Class A, AH, A-L, AB-L, X, X3, XP, XS, E, EE, H, J or free license.

Special Hunting and Fishing License for Persons with a Life-threatening Condition (Class DT): ...................FREE

Issued for ages 20 or less. Requires no additional licenses or stamps.

Nonresident Licenses

Conservation/Law Enforcement Stamp (Class CS/LE):...............$13

Required for all licensed hunters and anglers, except holders of Class J license

National Forest Hunting/Trapping/Fishing Stamp (Class I):.............$2

Required on National Forests in addition to a Class E, AAH, F, EE, LL or H license

Statewide Hunting /Trapping License (Class E):.........................$119

Apprentice Hunting/Trapping License (Class AAH):................$119

Same privileges as Class E, but completion of hunter safety course not required

Junior Sportsman Hunting/Trapping/Fishing License (Class XXJ): ......................................................................................$16

Ages 8-17 (not required for fishing under age 15). Includes privileges of Class I, UU, VV and WW stamps.

Apprentice Junior Hunting/Trapping License (Class AAHJ): ...........$16

Same privileges as Class XXJ, for youth under 18 years old; and completion of hunter safety course not required.

Bear Hunting License (Class EE): ...................................................$162

Small Game Hunting License (Class H): .........................................$27

Six consecutive days. Must have CS/LE stamp.

Antlerless Deer Hunting Stamp (Class NN):.................................$27

Must be accompanied by a Class E, AAH, AAHJ or XXJ license.

Additional Archery Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RRB):..............$37

Must be accompanied by a Class E +UU, AAH+UU, AAHJ or XXJ license. Required by crossbow hunters for an additional deer. The Class RRB stamp must be purchased prior to the opening of the statewide archery season.

Additional Firearms Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RRG): ............$43

Must be accompanied by a Class E, AAH, AAHJ or XXJ license. The Class RRG stamp must be purchased prior to the opening of buck firearms season.

Additional Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Stamp (Class RRM): ..........$37

Must be accompanied by a Class E+VV, AAH+VV, AAHJ or XXJ license. The Class RRM stamp must be purchased prior to the opening of the muzzleloader season.

Archery Deer Hunting Stamp (Class UU):.....................................$32

Must be accompanied by a Class E or AAH license. Required to hunt during the Archery and Crossbow Seasons.

Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Stamp (Class VV): ...........................$32

Must be accompanied by a Class E or AAH license.

Turkey Hunting Stamp (Class WW):...............................................$32

Must be accompanied by a Class E or AAH license

Commercial Small Game Shooting Preserve License (Class J):............................................................................................$10

Class CS/LE stamp not required with this license. Available only at WVdnr.gov.