The following is a quick guide to crossbow hunting regulations in West Virginia; it was not intended to be comprehensive nor cover all the bases, rather the purpose is to provide you with a quick overview o the current legal situation in that state, and to let you know if it’s legal to hunt and what the requirements and restrictions are, if any. We researched the subject thoroughly before preparing this resource, however please do not expect it to be 100% accurate as it’s likely that we might have missed something or that some of these regulations have changed since our last update. For complete certainty, you should contact a legal entity and request assistance. Best Crossbow Source shall not be held accountable for the accuracy of references presented herein.
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MOST RECENT UPDATE: May 15th 2015
The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission voted to legalize crossbow hunting in the State. Starting with the first day of archery season and lasting until the end of the year, it is now legal to use a crossbow for hunting purposes in WV. No special crossbow hunting license is required and you only need the regular bow hunting license and you’re good to go. Hunting with a crossbow in the following four counties: Mingo, Logan, Wyoming and McDowell is still illegal however.
Crossbow Hunting Regulations in West Virginia
Hunting with a Crossbow in West Virginia is only legal if you are permanently disabled, to an extent that makes using a regular vertical bow, even with the help of an aid, impossible. You will need to obtain a disability certification from a physician, and then apply for a Class Y crossbow permit; you can find the application form here: Class Y Form.
Please be advised that as you submit the form, you will be authorizing your physician to provide the West Virginia DNR with any information pertaining to your disability, at the DNR’s request. Also, you must submit the Class Y form within no more than 6 months from the day your physician issued a disability certification. For more information about the process and requirements, please contact WVDNR at: 304-558-2758.
Things to keep in mind:
- Owning a Class Y crossbow permit authorizes you to use your crossbow for hunting only during archery seasons.
- You must carry your permit with you at all times while hunting.
- Other than the Class Y permit, you will also need to own a valid West Virginia hunting license, which costs $19 for residents and $119 for non-residents. More information about these licenses can be found on this page.
- The minimum draw weight must be 125 lbs.
- The minimum arrow length should be 18 inches (not including broadhead).
- The broadhead cutting diameter should be a minimum of 3/4″
- You may not carry a firearm with you when hunting with a crossbow.
- Using electronic deer calling devices is prohibited.
As of the moment of this writing, there are no bills pending a Senate hearing, proposing to change the above regulations.
Notice Any Inaccuracies?
We hope you found the references above useful. If for any reason you believe the above not to be accurate, or if some of our references are outdated, we would appreciate it if you could send us an e-mail. We will then get in touch with the WV DNR to confirm the situation, and will make appropriate changes as required.