WV Small Game Hunting Begins This Month

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Small game hunting is set to begin this month in West Virginia, kicking off with the one-day youth squirrel season on Sept. 7.

The state Division of Natural Resources says the popular squirrel season will then open statewide a week later on Sept. 14.

Looking to later in the fall, the state will open the ruffed grouse and raccoon seasons on Oct. 12.

Opening day of cottontail rabbit season is set for Nov. 2. Officials say that with the unusually wet summer, rabbit populations are expected to be higher with the increase of food and cover.

Snowshoe hare, bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasant, bobcat, red fox, and gray fox hunting seasons also open Nov. 2.

Hunters are encouraged to visit for more information on season dates and bag limits.