Hunting brings hundreds of millions of dollars to the state economy every year, not to mention a rich heritage handed down from generation to generation.

That’s especially true each fall when family members and friends head out to hunt bucks.

It’s so popular that some counties close their schools for Thanksgiving week so that younger hunters won’t have to miss school.

Hunting matters in the Mountain State.

This year’s buck firearm season begins Monday and runs through Dec. 2.

State Division of Natural Resources officials estimate there will be approximately 330,000 deer hunters out during this season.

But deer, either bucks or does, aren’t the only wildlife that can be legally hunted in West Virginia.

Here are some of the animals it’s legal to hunt in our state.

1. Wild Boar

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2. Deer

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3. Bear

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4. Turkey

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5. Squirrel

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6. Ruffed Grouse

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7. Coyote

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8. Cottontail Rabbit

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9. Snowshoe Hare

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10. Ring-necked Pheasant

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11. Raccoon

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12. Red & Gray Fox

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13. Bobcat

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14. Crow

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15. Skunk

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16. Opossum

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17. Woodchuck

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18. Weasel

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19. English Sparrow

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20. European Starling

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21. Pigeon

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You can find a full list of the hunting seasons and regulations on the West Virginia DNR website.

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