West Virginia

The Mountain State is rich in natural resources and is home to a strong sportsmen’s community. Intrenched in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia has the highest average elevation of any state east of the Mississippi River. West Virginia is renowned for its natural beauty including the Monongahela National Forest, the New River, and the Cranberry Glades. For anglers, there are thousands of miles of trout streams located throughout the state that offer quality rainbow, brown, and brook trout fishing opportunities. Iconic species pursued by hunting in the Mountain State include white-tailed deer, black bears, wild turkeys, wild boar, and ruffed grouse.

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in West Virginia, please contact:


West Virginia State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Co-Chair: Senator Joe Manchin III
Representative Alex Mooney

West Virginia Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member

Governor Jim Justice

West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Senator Bill Hamilton
Delegate Eric Householder

News Alerts

Nov 07 2022 What Mississippi’s Youth Deer Season Means to Me

Why It Matters: States have recognized the importance of providing positive outdoor recreation experiences...

Feb 22 2021 Sportsmen’s Caucus Leads Effort to Legalize Online Raffles in West Virginia

Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant DirectorOn February 12, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus...

Aug 17 2020 West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Adds New Co-Chairs

Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant DirectorRecently, the bicameral and bipartisan West Virginia Legislative...

Mar 30 2020 West Virginia: 2020 Legislative Updates

Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant Director Many pro-sportsmen’s bills were signed into law during...

Mar 16 2020 West Virginia: Pro-Sportsmen’s Bills Advance to Governor’s Desk

Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant DirectorOn March 7, two important bills for sportsmen...

Nov 04 2019 West Virginia: Governor’s One Shot Hunt Raises Funds for Hunters Helping the Hungry

Contact: John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States ManagerOn October 26-27, the 13th Annual Governor’s One...

Apr 08 2019 West Virginia: Pro-Sportsmen’s Bills Signed into Law

By John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States ManagerWest Virginia’s 2018 regular session concluded with many...

Feb 11 2019 West Virginia: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Meeting in Charleston

By John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States ManagerOn February 6, the West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s...

Nov 05 2018 West Virginia: CSF Staff Attends Governor’s One Shot Hunt

By John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States ManagerOn October 26 - 27, the 12th Annual...

Mar 30 2018 West Virginia: Public Lands Sunday Hunting Bill Signed into Law

By John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States ManagerOn March 27, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Governor...

Mar 23 2018 West Virginia: Nonresident Student License Bill Advances

By John Culclasure Central Appalachian States ManagerOn March 20, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus member Jim...

Mar 08 2018 West Virginia: Public Lands Sunday Hunting Legislation Headed to Governor’s Desk

By John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States ManagerLegislation to expand Sunday hunting opportunities in West...

Mar 01 2018 West Virginia: Sunday Hunting Legislation and Other Sportsmen’s Bills Advance

By John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States CoordinatorWith the end of the 2018 legislative session...

Feb 08 2018 West Virginia: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Breakfast in Charleston

On February 7, the West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a policy breakfast at...

Sep 28 2017 West Virginia: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Pig Roast in Charleston

On September 17, the West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a pig roast at...

Apr 27 2017 West Virginia: Sunday Hunting Legislation Signed into Law

On April 24, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus member Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 345 into...

Apr 20 2017 West Virginia: Legislature Adjourns with Successes for Sportsmen

In West Virginia, two major pro-sportsmen’s bills were recently signed into law, and a...

Apr 13 2017 West Virginia: Sunday Hunting Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

Legislation to expand Sunday hunting opportunities in West Virginia has passed both legislative chambers...

Mar 23 2017 West Virginia:  Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Breakfast in Charleston

On March 22, the West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a breakfast event in...

Mar 16 2017 West Virginia: Sunday Hunting Legislation Passes Senate

Legislation to expand Sunday hunting opportunities in West Virginia cleared the first major hurdle...

Feb 16 2017 West Virginia: Governor Justice Joins Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus

On February 9, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation welcomed Governor Jim Justice as the 28th...

Nov 17 2016 West Virginia: Sunday Hunting Passes in 11 Counties

Sunday hunting was on the ballot in 11 West Virginia counties this November, and...

Nov 03 2016 West Virginia:  Governor’s One Shot Hunt Supports Local Food Shelters

On October 19-21, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Southeastern States Director Bee Frederick and Central...

Oct 20 2016 West Virginia:  Sunday Hunting on the Ballot in Nine Counties

On November 8, voters in nine West Virginia counties will decide whether to allow...

Sep 22 2016 West Virginia: CSF Participates in Committee Hearing on Sunday Hunting

On September 20, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Central Appalachian States Coordinator John Culclasure testified...

Nov 05 2015 West Virginia Governor’s One Shot Hunt Benefits Local Food Shelters

On October 23-25, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Co-Chair of the Governors Sportsmen’s...

Oct 23 2015 West Virginia Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Clay Shoot

Following an initial meeting, the bipartisan and bicameral West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus continues...

Jun 11 2015 West Virginia Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Inaugural Meeting in Charleston

On June 8, the West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus hosted their inaugural meeting at...

Latest policy updates

In an attempt to encourage novice hunter participation, many states now offer...

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Several states have passed legislation that allows non-resident, full-time college students to...

Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

Preemption is the process where a higher level of government revokes the...

In an effort to improve the quality of young people’s lives, several...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

In recent years many local governments have enacted vague, outdated laws banning...

The practice of farming cervids (members of the deer family such as...

During atypical social and economic times that devastate communities and states, some...

During unprecedented and devastating crises, some governors, through emergency powers granted to...

Shooting ranges have a long tradition of service to a wide variety...

Recent advances in technology, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), which can...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 West Virginia: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

West Virginia: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - West Virginia

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - West Virginia

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — West Virginia

Annual spending by West Virginia sportsmen and women equals 40% of the state’s mining...

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