Hunting Seasons Drawing to a Close

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has reminded hunters and trappers that the state’s various furbearer trapping and small game hunting seasons will end in February and March.
Hunting and trapping seasons for red and gray fox, bobcat and raccoon will close on Feb. 28.
Trapping seasons for coyote, otter, mink and muskrat will also close on Feb. 28.
The trapping season for beaver will remain open until March 31.
Beaver trappers are reminded that during March, traps must be placed in the water.
It is illegal to set traps or leave traps after noon on the last day of the respective season.
All beaver, bobcat, otter and fisher pelts are required to be checked in electronically within 30 days of the close of their respective seasons.
Trappers, hunters and fur dealers are reminded that furs shipped out of West Virginia must have a fur shipping tag, which is available at DNR district offices.
The DNR also is reminding bobcat hunters and trappers and otter trappers to obtain a plastic Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species seal for each bobcat and otter pelt they plan to sell out of state.
All bobcat and otter pelts sold by licensed fur dealers must have a CITES seal from the state where the animal was harvested before being sold on the international market.
CITES seals are available only at DNR district offices and must be attached to the pelt by a wildlife biologist.
To ensure personnel authorized to seal pelts will be available, hunters and trappers are encouraged to contact their DNR district office in advance.
The DNR also is reminding landowners to make plans to deal with nuisance muskrats and beavers before the trapping season ends.
Trappers may be more likely to assist landowners while their gear is in working order and pelts are prime.